Numerous Umrah pilgrims allegedly have been caught attempting to board planes with boarding passes using false names.
The pilgrims were of various nationalities and attempting to board planes at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Riyadh, Arabic daily Al Hayat reported.
It was not reported what penalty, if any, the passengers face.
The Ministry of Haj estimates about 6 million Muslims will perform Umrah or Haj at Islam’s holiest site, the Grand Mosque, this season.
The number of visas issued to both nationals and foreigners has been cut due to major renovations to the mosque, which are expected to eventually allow it to hold 1 million pilgrims at a time.For all the latest business news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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