Kuwait to give $2 billion in loans, investments for Iraq

:: Kuwait’s Emir said it would lend $1 billion and commit a further $1 billion of investments to Iraq, joining a group of international backers that have this week pledged funds to More »

“France will strike” if proven chemical bombs used in Syria

:: President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that “France will strike” if chemical weapons are used against civilians in the Syrian conflict but that he had not yet seen any evidence that More »

King says Jordanians ‘let down’ by international community

:: Jordan’s King Abdullah II says that “life for Jordanians today is very, very tough” as a result of a large refugee influx and that he feels the international community has “let More »

King Salman’s call for cultural diversity wins praise

:: The Saudi Cabinet has welcomed King Salman’s address to guests at the 32nd Janadriyah festival emphasizing the importance of culture as a basic pillar for a nation’s identity and values. Chaired More »

Sami Anan blackmail documents revealed, Egyptian army investigates

:: The Egyptian military said Monday it would take legal action against the country’s former anti-corruption chief Hisham Geneina and former military chief-of-staff Sami Anan, who is currently under arrest. Geneina, who More »

 

Category Archives: Makkah

High-speed rail takes minister on first Madinah-Makkah journey

:: Dr. Nabil Al-Amoudi, minister of transport and chairman of Saudi Railway Organization and Saudi Railways Company (SAR), on Sunday took the first 450km full journey of the high-speed Haramain train. The non-stop journey went from Madinah station to Makkah

Artificially intelligent algorithms to estimate Tawaf crowds at the Grand Mosque in Makkah

:: The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque said it applies simulation programs to ensure the smooth flow of traffic in the mataf courtyard and on the upper floors, the roof and Al-Masaa

Deputy governor of Makkah region oversees Zamzam well project progress

:: Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz, deputy governor of Makkah region, raised the level of coordination between the bodies operating at the Grand Mosque to ensure the movement of crowds to and from the mosque in coordination with

Free entry to Saudi National Museum during 50-day archaeology convention

:: Entry to the National Museum at the King Abdul Aziz Historical Center in Riyadh, which is hosting a number of events and programs including exhibitions accompanying the first Saudi Archaeology Convention that began Tuesday, will be free to visitors.

Makkah governor participates in World Youth Forum in Egypt

Prince Khaled Al-Faisal

:: On behalf of King Salman, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, adviser to the king and governor of Makkah, participated in the World Youth Forum held in Sharm El-Sheikh which was inaugurated on Monday by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. The World

Makkah-Madinah high speed rail just months away from becoming operational

:: Field work on the haramain specific teach, which connects the holy towns of makkah and madinah, is executed and the whole undertaking could be fully finished before the yearend, the makkah location improvement authority (mrda) has stated. In a

Mecca governor washes the Kaaba on behalf of Saudi King Salman

:: Mecca Governor Prince Khalid Al Faisal washed the Islam’s holy Kaaba on behalf of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, who is also known by his title as the Cutodian of the Two Holy Mosques. On his arrival to the Grand

Saudi court clears Binladin group in deadly 2015 Mecca crane crash

:: A Saudi court has cleared the Binladin Group of responsibility for the 2015 collapse of a crane in Mecca which killed 100 people, the Saudi press reported on Monday. The Saudi-based Binladin construction firm belongs to the family of

Makkah Public Transportation Program inaugurated

:: Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, governor of Makkah, signed a contract to import, operate and maintain Makkah Public Transportation Program (MPTP) buses with an alliance of national and international specialized companies. Hisham Al-Faleh, secretary-general of the Makkah Development Authority, which is

Prince Khaled lauds achievements of 10-year Makkah strategic plan

Prince Khaled Al-Faisal

:: Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, adviser to King Salman and Makkah governor, has praised what has been achieved in the 10-year strategic plan for development in the Makkah region. Presiding over the 3rd session of the Makkah Region Council on Sunday

Makkah deputy governor inaugurates Electronic Forum

:: Makkah Deputy Gov. Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz inaugurated on Thursday the Electronic Forum, organized by the Committee of Young Businessmen at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), in cooperation with the Ministry of Commerce

Makkah governor to open new headquarters of Moderation Center

:: Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal will open the new headquarters of the Khaled bin Faisal Moderation Center at King Abdul Aziz University at the end of this week and will announce the names of those who won the center’s

Makkah, Madinah and Riyadh harbor 60% of Saudi population

:: The Makkah, Madinah and Riyadh regions harbor about 60 percent of the population in the Kingdom which reached 32.6 million people as of the first half of 2017, a research study revealed. According to preliminary data of the General

Over a million women pilgrims perform the Hajj this year

:: A total of 1,334,080 men and 1,018,042 women have performed Hajj this year, according to the latest statistical report by the General Authority for Statistics (GaStat). It said the number consisted of both the pilgrims coming from outside who

Qatari Emir who made Hajj happen for his fellow citizens

:: Many Gulf citizens and residents were quick to thank Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al-Thani after his mediation helped the Qatari pilgrims following the ban imposed by their country’s authorities preventing them from performing Hajj. Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani congratulated the

Hajj metro operated smoothly this year, says transport chief

:: The “Hajj metro” train service between the holy sites operated smoothly this year, according to Public Transport Authority (PTA) President Rumaih Al-Rumaih. The Al-Mashaaer Al-Mugaddassah Metro, as the transport service is known, successfully transported pilgrims between the holy sites

Over 2 million pilgrims head home as Hajj officially ends today

:: Over two million pilgrims on Sunday entered their second Tashreeq day during which they continued throwing stones at the devil for the second day and left for Makkah to do Tawaf Al-Wada (farewell circumambulation) and prepare either to go

Mecca Governor: We serve pilgrims irrespective of regional conflicts

Khalid al-Faisal

:: Prince Khalid al-Faisal, governor of Mecca and head of the Saudi pilgrimage committee, said that the Kingdom has logged record numbers in the transport of pilgrims by buses and trains this year, reaching more than two million pilgrims. During

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