After a long lull, Makkah souvenir shops post recovery with estimated SR15mn businesses

SourceSaudi Gazette
CountrySaudi Arabia

Saudi Gazette report MAKKAH — After a lull lasting over 200 days, the commercial activities of souvenir and gift shops in the holy city of Makkah around the Grand Mosque are slowly regaining their momentum following the gradual resumption of Umrah pilgrimage and visits to the Two Holy Mosques. It is expected that the current Umrah season would generate shopping revenues amounting to a total of SR15 million, which is very low as compared to the businesses of the previous years before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.Muhammad Al-Qurashi, a member of the National Committee for Hajj and Umrah, said that the revenues of souvenir shops are expected to reach SR15 million during the current Umrah season as most of the foreign pilgrims want to buy gifts and souvenirs while returning from the holy city.Umrah pilgrims from various parts of the world wish to buy some souvenirs and gifts mainly as a token of remembrance to their journey to Islam’s holy capital as well more...