330 hotels and apartments were closed in Makkah and Medina. In a significant move to enhance the tourism experience in the holy cities of Makkah and Medina, Saudi Arabia’s tourism authorities have closed down 330 hotels and furnished apartments due to various violations. These cities hold immense significance as major destinations for Muslim worshippers, attracting millions every year.
330 hotels and apartments were closed in Makkah and Medina
The closures came as a result of thorough inspection tours conducted by the Ministry of Tourism, revealing a staggering number of infringements. Mecca saw over 2,000 violations, leading to the closure of 280 facilities operating without the required licenses. In parallel, inspections in Medina uncovered 1,200 violations, prompting the closure of 50 hospitality facilities until proper licenses are obtained.
Under the banner of “our guests are a priority,” the Ministry of Tourism is actively pursuing inspection campaigns to regulate the sector and enhance service quality. Emphasizing the importance of compliance with regulations and quality standards, the ministry aims to ensure a seamless experience for tourists visiting these sacred sites.
Saudi Arabia’s ambitious goal of attracting 100 million tourists by 2030 is driving these efforts, signaling a commitment to diversify its economy beyond oil reliance. The annual influx of millions of Muslims for Umrah, the minor pilgrimage, and prayers at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, followed by visits to the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, highlights the significance of these locations in Islam.
With the ongoing Umrah season expecting around 10 million Muslims from abroad, Saudi Arabia is actively working to improve facilities for overseas pilgrims. These measures reflect the kingdom’s dedication to elevating the standards of its tourism sector and providing a memorable experience for visitors to the holy cities.
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