Saudi has signed an agreement with Pakistan, paving the way for citizens of the country to benefit from the Road to Mecca project, an initiative aimed at facilitating Hajj for pilgrims from across the Muslim world.
The agreement was signed by Saudi Deputy Interior Minister Dr Nasser Al-Dawood at the Pakistani prime minister’s house on Wednesday, local media reported.
“Approximately 26,000 Pakistanis will benefit from this project through Islamabad airport," Religious Affairs Ministry spokesperson Mohammed Umer Butt told Arab News.
"The Saudi immigration and customs will be done at Islamabad airport, allowing the travelers to reach their accommodations in Saudi Arabia in a short time,” he explained.
Road to Makkah is part of Saudi’s Guests of God Service Programme, inaugurated by King Salman in 2019 under the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 to diversify the economy.