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50 Indonesians to embark on all-expenses-paid haj on King’s invitation

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Jakarta, IO – As many as 50 Indonesian citizens will perform the haj (pilgrimage) in Mecca and Medina at no cost on the invitation of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud as part of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ guest program for haj and umrah at the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance for thousands of Muslims from 72 countries.

Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Indonesia, Faisal Abdullah, explained that the recipients of the program would carry out the pilgrimage under special arrangements, adding that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had also established strategic plans related to haj services, including the fast-track channel.

“It has been implemented at three airports, namely Soekarno-Hatta, Solo and Surabaya,” said Faisal, per Tempo, Mon (10/6).

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The fast-track service will allow the pilgrims’ documents to be checked by the Saudi Arabian Immigration representatives in Indonesia, reducing immigration clearance time upon arrival at Madinah or Jeddah airports.

The recipients are scheduled to depart on Saturday (8/6) and will be sent off by the Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani, and Nahdlatul Ulama Executive Board (PBNU) chairman KH Yahya Cholil Staquf. (un)

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