Saudi Arabia will step by step resume the year-round Umrah pilgrimage from October 4, the inside ministry stated on Tuesday, seven months after it was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Within the first stage, “6,000 residents and residents inside the Kingdom might be allowed to carry out the umrah per day from October 4”, the ministry stated in a press release revealed by the official Saudi Press Company.

Guests from exterior the Kingdom might be permitted from November 1, when Umrah’s capability might be raised to 20,000 pilgrims per day, the ministry stated.

The Umrah, which refers back to the Islamic pilgrimage to Makkah that may be undertaken at any time of 12 months, attracts tens of millions of Muslims from throughout the globe annually.

The ministry stated Umrah could be allowed to renew at full capability as soon as the specter of the pandemic is eradicated.

Saudi Arabia suspended the Umrah in March and scaled again the annual Hajj over fears that the coronavirus might unfold to the holiest cities.

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The choice to renew Umrah was in response to the “aspirations of Muslims house and overseas” to carry out the ritual and go to the holy websites, the inside ministry stated.

Saudi Arabia’s custodianship of Makkah and Madinah – two holiest websites – is seen because the Kingdom’s strongest supply of political legitimacy.

The holy websites, which draw tens of millions of pilgrims yearly, are a key income earner for Saudi Arabia, which hopes to welcome 30 million pilgrims to the Kingdom yearly by 2030.