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Saudi clarifies no pilgrimage ban on Brotherhood

Saudi Arabia has clarified that it would not stop members of the Muslim Brotherhood — listed as a terrorist organisations in the kingdom — from coming to perform Haj and Umrah, said a report. “We have got special

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DHA to roll out Haj awareness campaign

The primary healthcare sector of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) is set to launch a Haj awareness campaign to educate pilgrims on the precautions they need to take before and during the pilgrimage. The campaign will be launched o

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3 million Muslims begin Haj pilgrimage

  Nearly 3 million Muslim pilgrims started the first phase of the annual Haj on Wednesday, travelling through packed streets from Makkah's Grand Mosque to the enormous camp at Mina just outside the city.  

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Builders flock to Makkah to tap into boom

The Saudi holy city of Makkah is proving to be the exception to a Middle East property downturn, as more and more pilgrims flock to the city and fuel a hotel construction boom. The more than 2.5 million pilgrims who flock to Makkah for the

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Saudi floods leave 48 dead, 900 stranded

Forty-eight people have died in the Saudi Arabian port city of Jeddah following the heaviest rainfall in years, a rescue services spokesman said on Thursday. Some were drowned or were killed by collapsing bridges and in car crashes, while

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Saudi haj tourism may lose $800m to flu

The loss of business for Saudi Arabia's Haj and Umrah industry due to swine flu could be more than 3 billion Saudi riyals ($800 million) this year, the highest compared to the last 50 years. The Tourism Committee of the Madinah Chamber

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Haj pilgrimage to peak on Dec 7

Saudi Arabia said December 7 (Sunday) will be the peak of this year's Haj pilgrimage. The climax of the pilgrimage will see worshippers climb Mount Arafa. The Eid al-Adha (feast of sacrifice) holiday will start on December 8, state me

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Emirates offers 31 extra Haj flights

Emirates Airline has announced 31 extra flights to Jeddah to meet the increased traffic during the Haj pilgrimage season, a report said. The airline has appointed special teams of airport staff to provide the best ground-handling services

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Iran vows safety of tourists

Iranian officials have drawn up a contingency plan to evacuate foreign visitors - including Bahrainis - if there is an outbreak of war with the US or Israel, according to a Bahraini travel operator. However, a looming crisis over the

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Three bombs kill 28 in Baghdad

Three female suicide bombers killed at least 28 people and wounded 92 in Baghdad on Monday as Shi’ite pilgrims flooded into the Iraqi capital for a major religious event, police said. Al Qaeda has increasingly used women to carry out

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