Saudi Arabia’s historic move to offer e-visas to citizens of 49 countries globally has prompted Rihaala.com, an OTA offering halal-friendly travel content, to launch DIY Umrah packages.
Muslims from the seven Asian countries eligible for the tourist e-visas – namely, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Japan, South Korea, Kazakhstan and China, including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan – as well as Rihaala’s trade partners in the region, can now log onto Rihaala.com to arrange and book their personalised Umrah travel plans.
They can hand-pick every aspect of the spiritual journey, including flights and hotels to transfers and post-Umrah travel and excursions, from a curated selection of halal-friendly amenities and services by the Rihaala team.
A dedicated Rihaala Agent Hub was also recently launched, enabling travel agents to package Umrah travel itineraries for their clients and earn commission on their bookings.
“Saudi Arabia’s introduction of tourist e-visas is a huge game-changer for Muslims around the world who are no longer required to use an agent to arrange their visa when travelling to the kingdom to perform Umrah,” said Rihaala founder Nabeel Shariff.
“Rihaala.com is the only dynamic platform with halal-friendly content to give pilgrims, as well as travel industry partners, the freedom to create and book their Umrah itinerary using one convenient online portal that offers transparency of choice and pricing.”