Black cloth covering Kaaba in Makkah raised ahead of Hajj

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RIYADH: In keeping with the annual tradition, officials raised the lower part of the kiswa — the elaborately designed black cloth covering the Kaaba — in Makkah on Wednesday ahead of this year’s Hajj pilgrimage. As approved by the General Authority for the Care of the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, the exposed part … Read more

Saudi authorities limit entry to Makkah to Hajj visa holders

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RIYADH: Saudi ginseng, an evergreen shrub with yellow flowers, has reappeared after a 20-year absence in the deserts of the Northern Border region, Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday. Nasser Rashid Al-Majlad, president of Amana Environmental Association in the region, said the plant has several names: Al-Abab, Saudi ginseng, or ashwagandha, and has reappeared again … Read more

Speedy and secure, Haramain High Speed Railway enhances Hajj experience

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RIYADH: The “Perfumes of the East” exhibition has made its first international stop in Riyadh.  It is a collaboration between the Saudi National Museum and the Ministry of Culture in partnership with the Arab World Institute in Paris. The exhibition, which will continue until Sept. 14 at the museum, provides its guests with a journey through … Read more

Scheme to ‘humanize’ pilgrim services during Hajj season

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RIYADH: The General Authority for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque, along with Umm Al-Qura University and Wadi Makkah Co., recently concluded the pilgrim-mobility enhancement challenge at the university’s headquarters in Makkah. The one-week event, which started on May 12, aimed to enhance pilgrim services in innovative ways, focusing on assisting people … Read more

Saudi ministry reiterates hospitality rules in Makkah and Madinah during Umrah, Hajj seasons

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RIYADH: During the month of Ramadan, Muslims do not eat and drink from sunrise to sunset every day. In Islam, fasting is a form of worship that fosters spiritual growth and a closer relationship with God. It is also a way to practice self-control and show empathy toward those in need. As the sun sets … Read more

Saudi Ministry of Media introduces Hajj and Umrah Mediathon

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JEDDAH: Bloomberg Media and SRMG announced today the first-ever Bloomberg Power Players Summit, Powered by Asharq Business with Bloomberg in Saudi Arabia. The Summit will take place on 7 March 2024 at the Jeddah Yacht Club, alongside the Formula One Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. The event will bring together influential voices in the business of … Read more

Hajj Ministry to host first Umrah and Ziyarah Forum in Madinah

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RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah will host the inaugural Umrah and Ziyarah Forum at the King Salman International Convention Center in Madinah from April 22-24. The forum, to be held under the patronage of Madinah Gov. Prince Salman bin Sultan, is part of a series of events held by the ministry to … Read more

Pakistan to announce training, biometric verification schedule for Hajj pilgrims next week

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Islamabad: Pakistan will be announcing a schedule for training and biometric verification of Hajj pilgrims next week, its religious affairs minister has said. The announcement came after Pakistani Religious Affairs Minister Aneeq Ahmed’s recent meeting with Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki at the Saudi Embassy in Islamabad. Both parties discussed various aspects of … Read more

Indonesia to send largest-ever number of Hajj pilgrims this year

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BEIJING: At an “Invest Maldives” forum in a southern Chinese port city, the Maldivian president shook hands and exchanged words with smiling local officials on a China visit set to deepen bilateral ties as the archipelagic nation pirouettes away from India. After the forum in Fuzhou on Tuesday, Mohamed Muizzu and his delegation will meet … Read more

Deal signed to fund education center for international Hajj and Umrah pilgrims

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JEDDAH: A memorandum of understanding has been signed with the aim of financing a specialist center to raise awareness of the guests of God of available services. The signing, between the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah and the Guests of God Service Program with the General Authority of Awqaf, took place at the third Hajj and Umrah … Read more