Saudi Government flagship initiative Nusuk organized its first roadshow in Dhaka, Bangladesh, today to promote its official integrated digital platform (nusuk.sa) for the Bangladeshis, planning to visit the kingdom for spiritual and tourism purposes in the presence of Saudi delegates including H.E Dr. Tawfig Al-Rabiah, Minister for Hajj and Umrah, and Alhasan Aldabbagh, Nusuk APAC President.
Held at Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC), the roadshow was attended by Bangladeshi business organizations including Umrah companies, tour operators, travel agencies and trade associations among others.
H.E Dr. Tawfig Al-Rabiah, Minister for Hajj and Umrah and the Chairman of the Pilgrimage Experience Program, said, “Our brotherly relation with Bangladesh is tested and proven over time. We want to take it to a new height and are working on new areas of bilateral cooperation.”
“As the custodian of Two Holy Mosques, it is a great honor and privilege for us to host the guests of Allah from across the world. It is our holy responsibility and we are committed to do everything possible to make the spiritual journey of the pilgrims safe, accessible, hassle-free and comfortable. We are constantly working on enriching your pilgrimage experience.”
Fahd Hamidaddin, Managing Director of Nusuk said: “Our inaugural roadshow to Bangladesh exceeded expectations, with cross-government and trade partner collaborations, helping us in unlocking tremendous potential for the Bangladeshi travelers. Bangladesh historically has been a very important partner for us and continues to be a key strategic market to achieve Saudi’s Vision of 2030. So far this year, we have already welcomed over 332,000 Bangladeshi travelers to our country and we look forward to growing this number to 3 million by 2030. Looking at the future, we are excited about working together with our key trade partners and collaborating more closely with them to facilitate fulfilling our brothers and sisters Umrah dream and spiritual and cultural enrichment. I cannot wait to welcome everyone to Saudi very soon.”
Alhasan Aldabbagh, Nusuk APAC President, said, “With Nusuk.sa, our aim is to increase the ease and accessibility for Bangladeshi travelers, especially with the growing numbers of Umrah pilgrims. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has taken multiple steps to drive this mission forward, Muslim visitors can apply for online Umrah visas. We have streamlined the visa process with issuance in under 24 hours and are offering Visa-on-arrival services to UK/US/Schengen passport holders allowing them to freely perform Umrah and explore the country’s unique cultural diversity. Besides this, we have increased the duration of Umrah visa to 90 days, reduced the insurance costs for Umrah pilgrims and have made Zamzam water available with any type of visa. Bangladesh is also eligible for the 96-hour Stopover visa that enables Muslims to add Umrah as an itinerary stop.”
With Bangladesh being a key strategic market, Saudi is deepening relations with partners and working closely with local players to ensure experiences being offered are relevant and appealing to the Bangladesh market to encourage pilgrims to explore Saudi’s diverse offerings and experiences beyond Makkah and Madinah through our Umrah+ packages.