Saudi Arabia merges travel umrah companies with conditions

Hajj pilgrims performed the ritual of tawaf (circumambulating the Kaaba for seven rounds) during the Hajj 1441 Hijri/2020. (The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah/ The Saudi Ministry of Media)

Jakarta (Indonesia Window) – The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah will merges umrah service providing companies and establishments with a number of conditions, according to Saudi Gazette report as quoted by Indonesia Window here on Monday.

The step follows the ministry’s recent initiative to mitigate the economic and financial impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic on the umrah sector.

The initiative included a package of recommendations, the foremost of which is the move to stimulate horizontal mergers and acquisitions of umrah companies and establishments as well as making investment in these entities.

According to the new conditions, companies involved in the merger should have a valid license for umrah services and there should not be any complaints against their intending merger before the committee examining the complaints of pilgrims during the merger procedures.

Those companies have not been levied any penalties such as temporary suspension of the license or its cancelation during the merger procedures.

The companies shave to submit a bank guarantee of its full amount before starting the merger procedures.

Another condition is related to those merging companies that are not licensed for the time being to provide the services to pilgrims. Such companies shall fulfill all the requirements set forth in the regulations for organizing services to pilgrims and its executive regulations.

The companies should attach a letter from the umrah company or establishment with which it is wishing to merge, duly confirmed by the chamber of commerce including the document for cancelling the license for the services of pilgrims granted to it earlier.

Reporting by Indonesia Window

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