15 NOV 2013 - http://www.arabnews.com/news/477791
18 NOV 2013 - http://www.arabnews.com/news/479261
27 NOV 2013 - http://www.arabnews.com/news/483331
4 DEC 2013 - Umrah system has been activated by the Ministry of Hajj for this season, so Umrah visas are not getting issued. However UK companies are still waiting to get all paperworks ratified which may take a further 7-10 days.