King Salman receives Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al-Thani

:: Saudi King Salman received in his residence in the city of Tangier in the Kingdom of Morocco, on Thursday night, Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali bin Abdullah bin Jassim More »

Iraq acknowledges abuses committed against civilians in Mosul campaign

:: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s office said on Thursday a unit of the security forces committed “abuses” against civilians during the offensive to oust ISIS insurgents from the More »

UAE Minister: Qatar must end politicization of Hajj after King Salman initiative

:: The UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar al-Gargash, said on Thursday that Qatar’s politicization of Hajj must come to an end following the initiative taken by More »

Iran reform leader Mehdi Karroubi on hunger strike over 6-year house arrest

:: Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, under house arrest for the past six years, was hospitalized Thursday after going on hunger strike a day earlier to demand a trial More »

Who is Abdullah Al Thani, descendant of ruling family which built modern Qatar?

:: Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali bin Abdullah Al Thani is the second son of the late Emir Ali bin Abdullah Al Thani, the grandson of the Emir of Qatar, More »


Category Archives: Makkah

Saudi official speaks about preparations for Qatari pilgrims

:: Dr. Hussein Al-Sharif, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, spoke to Al Arabiya about the arrangements facilitating Hajj for Qatari pilgrims. Al-Sharif said that an area of 4,000 sq. meters has been dedicated to

First batch of Qatari pilgrims enter Saudi Arabia for Hajj

:: First batch of Qatari pilgrims began entering Saudi Arabia on Thursday through the Salwa border crossing, to perform Hajj, hours following King Salman’s decision. So far, 120 Qatari pilgrims have used the crossing under King Salman’s

Work on Grand Mosque expansion to resume

:: Saudi Binladin Group will restart work next month on the $26.6 billion expansion of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, nearly two years after work stopped in the wake of a crane collapse at the site that

Saudi Arabia: We reject any attempt to politicize Hajj

:: Saudi Arabia’s Council of Ministers, chaired by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, held a meeting on Monday at the Salam Palace in Jeddah and stressed the importance of providing the highest levels of comfort and safety

675,143 pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia for Hajj

:: As many as 675,143 pilgrims have so far arrived in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The General Directorate of Passports said in its daily statistics that 663,860 pilgrims arrived by air; 10,796 by land; and 487

Tips on how pilgrims can avoid eye infections during the Hajj season

:: The Saudi Ophthalmology Society warned pilgrims of eye infections they may suffer from and advised them to take certain precautions in order not to catch any while performing hajj. One of the common infections is conjunctivitis

Saudi government agencies present plans to serve pilgrims to Makkah governor

:: Government agencies which have been assigned the task of serving pilgrims presented their executive and operational plans for the current Hajj season to Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal on Saturday. The plans aim to provide the

Security chief: 9,000 Saudi officers to protect Hajj metro

:: As many as 9,000 officers and soldiers will be assigned to protect the “Hajj metro” train service and passengers, a security chief said. The Al-Mashaaer Al-Mugaddassah Metro, as the transport service is known, operates for one

Slain Palestinians’ relatives to perform Hajj as king’s guests

:: Preparations are complete for the arrival of 1,000 relatives of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces to perform this year’s Hajj as guests of King Salman. Abdullah Al-Madalj, secretary-general of the King Salman bin Abdul Aziz General

Mashair train to transport half a million pilgrims to Mecca

:: Mashair train will serve pilgrims during the annual Hajj rituals to facilitate their transitions in Mecca. The train is expected to transport about half a million passengers, in addition to half a million pilgrims during the

This is the number of pilgrims that have arrived in Saudi Arabia so far

:: Saudi air and land ports have received 447,300 thousand pilgrims that will be performing Hajj this year. The kingdom has activated detailed plans in order to facilitate arrival procedures quickly and accurately. Saudi Arabia’s Directorate General

Saudi’s air and land ports receive more than 440,000 pilgrims until Tuesday

:: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s air and land ports received until yesterday 447,302 pilgrims who came to perform Hajj rituals this year 2017, amid integrated readiness being caried out by concerned authorities to receive pilgrims at

Makkah governor rejects Qatar’s attempt to reduce Saudi role in Hajj

Prince Khaled Al-Faisal

:: Saudi Arabia rejects all attempts to politicize and internationalize the Hajj, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, chairman of the Central Hajj Committee, said on Monday. Prince Khaled, adviser to King Salman and governor of Makkah Region, was speaking

Egypt’s Awqaf minister rejects Qatar’s call to internationalize Saudi holy sites

:: Egyptian Minister of Awqaf (Religious Endowments), Mohamed Mokhtar Jumaa, rejected on Saturday Qatar’s request to internationalize Saudi Arabia’s holy sites Senior scholars from the Cairo-based Al-Azhar, the world’s leading institution on Sunni Islam, have also rejected

Over 69,000 pilgrims arrive at Jeddah airport

:: More than 69,000 pilgrims have arrived at Jeddah’s King Abdul Aziz International Airport, via 394 flights, since the start of the Hajj season, 4.3 percent more than last year. The capacity of the airport’s Hajj and

Iran sends first batch of Hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia

:: Iran on Sunday sent its first batch of pilgrims to Saudi Arabia to perform the annual Hajj pilgrimage. The pilgrims left Iran from the Bandar Abbas International Airport. According to the Iranian Civil Aviation Organization, the

Pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia as Hajj Ministry completes preparations

:: The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced that pilgrims have started arriving in the Kingdom via land, air and sea ports. On Sunday, 325 pilgrims arrived at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah on the

Saudi Arabia confirms it will welcome Qatari hajj, umrah pilgrims

:: The Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation confirmed the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah’s statement that Qataris who wish to perform umrah or hajj are welcomed in the kingdom this year. According to the ministry’s statement,

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