Saudi prepares to receive foreign Umrah pilgrims for first time in 8 months

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Foreign Umrah pilgrims will be welcomed by Saudi Arabia from November 1 onwards. The Hajj and Umrah Terminal at the King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah,...

Did the jumu’ah khutba in Makkah indicate a Saudi-Israel normalisation?

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A khutba by the imam of Masjid al Haraam in Makkah, Abdulrahman al-Sudais, has been widely interpreted as Saudi official approval for the UAE-Israel...

Hajj reaches climax on plains of Arafat

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Hajj pilgrims ascended the vast plains of Arafat on Thursday, about 15 km east of Makkah, at the climax of this year’s pilgrimage. Chanting “Labbaik...

Saudi Arabia allows supermodels to do raunchy photoshoot in Medina province

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It has emerged that Saudi Arabia gave permission for international supermodels to do a raunchy photoshoot in Al Ula in Medina province. Vogue Arabia revealed yesterday...

No touching the Ka’aba and Black Stone during Hajj

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Saudi authorities have issued special health protocols for this year's Hajj, including that pilgrims must not touch or kiss the Holy Ka'aba and the Black...

No foreign pilgrims will be allowed to perform Hajj this year

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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...
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