No foreign pilgrims will be allowed to perform Hajj this year

Saudi Arabia has confirmed that no foreign pilgrims will be allowed to perform the Hajj this year. In a press conference yesterday Minister of Health,...

Saudis to make Hajj decision within a week

Saudi Arabia has announced that it will make a decision on whether to cancel this year's Hajj within a week. The development comes as a...

Tough times ahead for Saudi Arabia

With a sharp drop in oil prices and no revenue from religious pilgrimages, veteran Arab journalist Abdel Bari Atwan says Saudi Arabia is in...

Iran and Saudi Arabia executed 435 people in 2019

Iran and Saudi Arabia carried out the most executions among Muslim countries in 2019, according to figures released by human rights group Amnesty International.  Amnesty...

Will Hajj be cancelled this year?

There is increasing speculation that this year's Hajj could be cancelled after Saudi Arabia asked Muslims to delay booking amid uncertainty over the coronavirus...

Saudi Arabia suspends prayer in all mosques apart from Two Holy Mosques

Saudi Arabia's Council of Senior Religious Scholars has suspended prayer in all mosques in the Kingdom apart from Masjid Al Haraam in Makkah and Masjid...

Did Mohammed bin Salman thwart a ruling family coup?

Veteran Arab journalist Abdel Bari Atwan asks if Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman has just thwarted a ruling family coup, or did he...

Coronavirus: Saudi closes Grand Mosque and Prophet’s Mosque during night-time

Saudi Arabia has announced that the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Medinah will close an hour after Isha prayers and...

Saudi urges Umrah pilgrims to request refunds over coronavirus ban

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has told Umrah pilgrims who've already paid for pilgrimage visas and other services to request a refund after...

Saudi Arabia and U.S. celebrate 75 years of “strategic partnership”

Saudi Arabia and the United States have been celebrating “75 years of strategic partnership” in a series of events over the past week including...
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