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Muslims pray and gather around the holy Kaaba at the Grand Mosque during the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, June 8, 2016. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser

Saudi Arabia’s Hajj and Umrah ministry announced that it is fully ready and open to receive applications for organizing agencies and embassies to acquire permits on organizing voyages or offering services to future Umrah performers, reported Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The ministry also reported ongoing arrangements for digital services in keep with the country’s national transformation plan “Kingdom Vision 2030.” The service would provide facilitated access to the largest number of Muslims throughout the Islamic world to perform Umrah and visit the Prophet’s Mosque.

In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the ministry called upon companies and institutions to visit the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah’s website www.haj.gov.sa in order to complete requirements of the permits.

This initiative came within framework of the ministry’s efforts to develop and provide services for the pilgrims, Umrah performers and visitors.

Umrah is a pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, performed by Muslims that can be undertaken at any time of the year, in contrast to the Hajj which is exclusive to a single season each year.