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Umrah Visa Opening For 2017/2018(Up to 20% Discount)

I am very excited to announce this as my favourite destination is Makkah and planning Umrah for my customers, so there will be few more articles to help you insha’Allh.

Umrah visa from UK  should cost around £100 per visa per person. I am happy that this year Saudi didn’t announce any new silly rule and charging more for those who have been often. They did for the new season charging people £500 fee if they had been more than once in 3 year period. They removed the ruling after few weeks but those who had applied lost their cash.Keep in mind that the rule still applies for those who go more than once in a year.You will get upto 20% discount when getting your visa from acepointtravel.co.uk in Highwycomb. 

We have been providing this discount for a few years now and all our customers are happy with our professionalism.You can read 100 % reviewed ONLY by genuine customers .For more information about the Umrah Services:(Click Here (opens in new window)) or all us on 01494535666.We see this as a great sadaqa and duas when on your Umrah are always accepted.

We specialize in providing cheap holidays with the highest quality of customer service.We are not tied down or associated with any tour operators and thus are highly independent travel agents who can create standard tours according to your needs and budget.You can rest assured that your money is in safe hands as we strongly believe in arranging tours that we would choose and recommend for our own people to travel in unlike other travel agents. Being the first travel agency specialising Asian sub-continent in town we understand our customers like no one else does.Acepoint Travel is definitely a forerunner in the Travel Industry and has grown into a huge business under great leadership and experienced team based in High Wycombe Head office.

      We are also extremely proud to be the Top Ranking Travel Agency for being an Official PIA Appointed Agent and thus can also offer the most exclusive offers on tickets to Pakistan.Whether you need Cheap Flight Tickets or the most comfortable accommodation, whether you need to book your Umrah packages or a long-haul Vacation, Acepoint Travel is here to give you complete Travel Solutions.

We have access to all major air ticket consolidators and are therefore able to secure the most competitive terms for our clients. We can also book all the Internet based low cost carriers for which we levy a small booking fee.

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Dubai ready on cruise tourism to attract 20 million tourists by 2020

Dubai Tourism is betting big on the cruise tourism which attracted about 625,000 visitors during the previous years , with a target of achieving 20 million tourists annually by 2020.

Number of cruise tourists coming to Dubai has grown by six times from a modest 105,000 visitors during 2006-07 in the last 10 years, officials from Dubai Tourism informed. The cruise tourism registered a powerful growth of 16-18 per cent for last year, while it is expected to maintain the similar growth track with large number of visitors coming from India.

As the number of Indian visitors grew by 25 % last year ,Dubai sees India as an important source country for cruise tourism , and in 2017-18 it is expected to grow by around 30 %. "India is 14th top source countries after top ones such as Germany, Italy, UK and the US. We are confident we will achieve our strategic goal of one million cruise tourists to Dubai by 2020-21 season," said Jamal Humaid Al Falasi( Director, Cruise Tourism, Dubai Tourism).Falasi accompanied by other officials from Dubai Tourism and representatives of cruise liners among others were in Ahmedabad for a road show to stimulate cruise tourism in Dubai.

The 2017-18 season Dubai Cruise starts from October 25 th with the arrival of cruise ship Seabourn Encore. More recently, Dubai Cruise also reported that P&O Cruises would be home porting in Dubai for the first time during the 2018-19 season.

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more than 1,000 Qataris cross Saudi border

Nearly 1,000 Qataris have crossed the border with the Kingdom as of late Thursday, nearly 650 of whom have come to perform Hajj, according to Saudi Arabia authorities.
The Tawasol (Communication) Center has been showered with phone calls from Qataris inquiring about their travel to the Kingdom for the pilgrimage, said Abdullah Al-Madlaj, secretary-general of the King Salman Center for Hajj and Umrah.
Committees have been formed and deployed to the holy sites in Makkah, tasked with responding to any questions from pilgrims, including those from Qatar, he added.
The pilgrims were mainly asking about services offered as part of the King Salman Hajj and Umrah program, he said.
Qataris are still crossing the border, many in their own vehicles, Al-Madlaj added.
Reception sites are supplied with catering services, and pilgrims are told the names and addresses of the hotels they will be staying in at the program’s expense, he said.
The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, which oversees the King Salman Hajj and Umrah program, has deployed representatives at the Salwa border, and others in Dammam and Al-Ahsa, to provide services to Qatari guests.
The number of guests of the program for this Hajj season has reached some 4,000.

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Pakistan’s Mother Teresa Dr Ruth Pfau dies at 87

Pakistan's Mother Teresa,German-born nun Ruth Pfau, who dedicated her life to eliminate leprosy in Pakistan, died on Thursday in the southern city of Karachi. She was 87.

Dr Ruth Katharina Martha Pfau, Born in 1929, had been living in Pakistan since 1960. She founded the Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre in Karachi, Pakistan's first hospital dedicated to treating the disease, and opened branches across the country.

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Champions Trophy Final: Excited Pakistan will attack India, guaranteed Sarfraz Ahmed

Unlike India captain Virat Kohli, Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed did not betray his emotions ahead of Today’s ICC Champions Trophy final at The Oval.

While Kohli chose to be boring and refrained from hyping the battles, Sarfraz was candid in admitting that adrenaline was running high in the Pakistan dressing room.

This will be the first time since 2007 that India and Pakistan will fight in the final of a major ICC event.

In 2007, both sides had encountered in the final of the World T20 in Johannesburg and India had won by five runs. But this is an entire different team and as coach Mickey Arthur said, “doesn't know the fear of failure”.

Sarfraz’s new-found confidence stems from a grip of youngsters who have come to the Pakistan party when the chips were down. Bowlers Hasan Ali, Rumman Raees, batsman Fakhar Zaman and bowling all-rounder Faheem Ashraf have give the team a new identity after the retirement of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan.

“The way youngsters have performed in this tournament is really encouraging for us, they all have played an important part in bringing Pakistan to the final of this tournament,” said Sarfraz.

Arthur, who had called the Edgbaston defeat against India on June 4 as “shambolic,” has now changed his views about the team. The experienced coach has made some strategic improvements too.

“We have concentrated more this time on our own games, on our own game plans, as to where we want to go with the game. We analyzed India a lot before the game at Edgbaston, and we have sort of backtracked a little bit on that now,” said Arthur.

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Sarfraz rides his luck to take Pakistan into Semi Finals

Pakistan overcame a familiar attack of batting nerves to beat Sri Lanka by 3 wickets in a see-saw Group B game at Sophia Gardens to set up a Champions Trophy semi-final with hosts England back in Cardiff on Wednesday.The other semi-final will pit Group B winners India against Group A runners-up Bangladesh at Edgbaston on Thursday.

Pakistan bowled Sri Lanka out for just 236. Pakistan got a 74-run opening stand and were at one stage 92 for 1. Pakistan then threatened to unleash their inner Pakistan as they collapsed to 162 for 7, before their captain Sarfraz Ahmed and Mohammad Amir did something very unlike Pakistan: hold their calm.

Sarfraz remained unbeaten on 61 and Amir provided an equally valuable contribution, taking singles to rotate the strike as he reached an unbeaten 28 to help Pakistan seal their semifinal spot in the Champions Trophy with a thrilling three-wicket win at Cardiff Wales Stadium on Monday (June 12). They were helped along by some ordinary fielding by Sri Lanka, who knocked themselves out after dropping regulation catches at crucial times.

That Pakistan had to chase a modest total was down to their left-arm pacers Junaid Khan and Amir. They picked up two wickets each between the 32nd and 35th overs as Sri Lanka lost 4 for 6 to slide downhill from 161 for 3. Junaid finished with 3 for 40 from his 10 overs, which included three maidens, with two of those being wicket maidens.

Even the captain suffered the occasional rush of blood, however, and was twice dropped on 38 and 40 by Thisara Perera and substitute fielder Seekkuge Prasanna off a disconsolate Lasith Malinga. The same bowler had also seen opener Azhar Ali spilled by Asela Gunaratne in his first over.For a while it hardly seemed to matter as excellent bowling from Malinga (1-52) and Nuwan Pradeep (3-60) ensured a regular procession of batsmen from the wicket.

Earlier, Sri Lanka had suffered a collapse of their own as superb left-arm pace bowling from Amir and Junaid Khan reduced Sri Lanka from 161-3 to 167-7 in four devastating overs.

Charging in with great pace and guile, Amir removed danger man Angelo Mathews for 39 and opener Niroshan Dickwella, whose 73 had provided the base to Sri Lanka’s innings.Junaid (3-40) added to the mid-order carnage as Sri Lanka, who had begun breezily to reach 82-1 from 14 overs, could do little more than see out their overs to post a disappointing 236 all out, with Hasan Ali also weighing in with 3-43.Sri Lanka’s total always looked below par, particularly after Pakistan pinch-hitter Fakhar Zaman smashed a quickfire 50 in 11 overs. But his departure without adding another run set the nerves jangling and by the end Pakistan were limping home.

Pakistan’s semi-final will be their first meeting with England in a 50-over tournament since 2003 and their first knockout clash since they won the 1992 World Cup final.

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Here is a list of 10 ways to prepare your body for the month of Ramadan

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Some of us think we will suddenly be ready when Ramadan starts, but planning will make the changeover a lot easier. The following are 10 ways to prepare your body for the month of Ramadan.

Food consumption: Begin with eating average quantities. Do not drop on food because Ramadan is approaching. This will only increase your appetite and make it more difficult to fast.

Early breakfast: During Ramadan, we wake up early for Suhoor, the pre-dawn meal for the fast begins. It is essential not to skip this. Start having an early breakfast from now to help your body get used to the earlier hours, especially if you are not much of a typical breakfast eater.

Do not snack: Get used to having three main meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner – and avoiding snacking in between. During Ramadan, you will have to get used to having two main meals, Suhoor and Iftar. This way, you will only have to cut out one meal.

Reduce coffee intake: If you are a coffee-lover and do not want to have a punching headache during the first few days of Ramadan, start reducing your caffeine intake now. Switch to decaf, one coffee at a time, until you are only drinking decaffeinated coffee, then cut it out altogether.

Disengage off smoking: Smokers who enter Ramadan unprepared may experience various withdrawal symptoms such as short temper , anger, restlessness, impatience, and difficulty concentrating during fasting hours. To avoid this, reduce smoking during the day to simulate what will happen when you fast. It is also good to view Ramadan as an opportunity to quit bad habits such as smoking and all.

Voluntary fast days: What better way to prepare yourself for Ramadan Fasting than through practice? Try doing a few fasts(Sunnah) in the run up to Ramadan to help you adapt. This is also a great opportunity to make up for any missed fasts from last year Ramadan.

Regulate sleep: If you normally sleep late and wake up late, start regulating your sleep from now, because during Ramadan you will be waking up early for Suhoor. You might also be sleeping earlier as a result. Alternatively, have an afternoon nap and sleep a little later. Whatever sleeping habit you choose, start to simulate it from now.

Stock up: Meal-planning before Ramadan can save you a lot of nuisance, especially during the first week of Ramadan while you are busy adjusting. Prepare your menu for Ramadan Iftar and Suhoor for the first seven days, list the ingredients needed, and go grocery shopping now when you are still full of energy.

Local doctor: If you have concerns over your ability to fast for whatever reason, be it diabetes, high blood pressure or reflux, now is the time to schedule an appointment with your family doctor. Check with your doctor if it is safe for you to fast.

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Cheapest countries to live in 2017

1.India

The world's most affordable country, India boasts a very low CPI of 24.02, which can only be a good thing given 44% of the population live on less than a dollar a day. Rental prices for a one-bedroom property average just $104 (£85) per month and a restaurant meal costs around $2.21 (£1.80).

Its CPI currently at 26.33, Pakistan has become more affordable in the past year – in 2015 the country was the fourth most affordable on the planet. Even in Pakistan's largest city Karachi, consumer prices and rents are cheap – a one-bedroom apartment will set you back just $100 (£81) a month on average.

3.Moldova

4.Ukraine

 

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Over Five Million Umrah pilgrims pass through Jeddah airport

Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) has witnessed over 5 million Umrah pilgrims arrive and depart since the beginning of the Umrah season on November 1, said a report

A total of 2,588,357 pilgrims arrived and almost the same numbers departed, said a report in Saudi Gazette citing Turki Al-Dheeb, director of the airport’s department of information and public relations.

To cope with the rise in traveller numbers, all Umrah flights “will be directed to Haj Terminal so as to expedite the immigration process”, Al-Dheeb said.

“We are coordinating with all the concerned departments at the airport to ensure the safety and comfort of pilgrims,” he added.

Air traffic has been further augmented by the entry of new air companies which are operating domestic and international flights to and from the airport, the report said.

According to Dheeb, the lounges of the Haj Terminal can accommodate up to 1,800 pilgrims an hour and are fully equipped to receive and serve all arriving and departing pilgrims.

Meanwhile a total of 4,154,069 pilgrims arrived in Madinah since the beginning of the Umrah season.

Prince Muhammad Bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Madinah received 6,546 Umrah flights, an increase of about 18.15 per cent over their number last year.

The ministry said four countries — Pakistan (24.61 per cent), Indonesia (15.93 per cent), India (9.34 per cent) and Turkey (7.28 per cent) — received the bulk of Umrah visas issued by Saudi diplomatic and consular missions.

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