MAKKAH – The Ministry of Haj and Umrah is considering the cancelation of the condition of Mahram (male guardian) for girls of all age classes as a pre-requisite for granting them Umrah visa, Makkah daily reported on Saturday.
Marwan Shaaban, chairman of the Haj and Umrah committee in the Makkah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), said that this was agreed upon during a meeting he held with Minister of Haj and Umrah Mohammed Saleh Benten.
Deputy Minister Abdul Fattah Mashshat, investors at the Haj and Umrah industries, hoteliers and many other concerned officials attended the meeting, which discussed the issues facing the sector and the in the coming future of their Umrah visas vis-a-vis the digital tourist visas.
Shaaban said during the interview the minister agreed to study the cancelation of the status of Mahram for girls of all ages to be able to issue them with Umrah visas.
Benten, on his part, asked the Haj and Umrah businesses to exert more efforts for the comfort of the pilgrims and urged them to contribute effectively for the implementation of the Vision 2030.