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Oman Air sponsors six employees to perform hajj

Flag carrier Oman Air has announced the names of six employees who will be receiving the airline’s assistance to perform this year’s hajj. This draw, granting staff the opportunity to visit the Holy city of Makkah and

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Mobily launches special Hajj, Umrah package

Etihad Etisalat (Mobily), a leading Saudi-based mobile services operator, said it has launched a special Hajj and Umrah package under which customers will get additional free balance of up to 300 per cent when recharging with SR10 ($2.66) or mor

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Saudi move to increase Haj quota hailed

Saudi Arabia’s move to increase Haj quotas this year has been welcomed, after the number of pilgrims hit a 10-year low in 2016, said a report. King Salman on Thursday approved a proposal to increase the number of pilgrims fr

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$100bn Saudi mosque expansion projects on track

Construction projects to expand capacity at Makkah's Grand Mosque and other Islamic holy sites will be completed in about three years, enabling Saudi Arabia to accommodate more pilgrims, Makkah's mayor told Reuters. Osama

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10 ways to a healthy Haj when you have diabetes

Every year, during the month of ZelHajjeh, around two and a half million pilgrims make their way to the holy destination of Mecca in Saudi Arabia for Haj. As one of the founding pillars of Islam, it is mandatory for practicing Muslims in good he

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Dubai hotel revenues decline over Eid weekend

Dubai hotels saw year-on-year declines in occupancy (-3.9 per cent), average daily rate (ADR) (-6.5 per cent) and RevPAR (-10.2 per cent), during the Eid Al Adha, the three-day celebration which fell on a weekend in 2014 versus on weekdays in 20

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Saudi Arabia to net $18bn revenue from Haj

Saudi Arabia is likely to receive more than SR70 billion ($18.6 billion) in revenues from this year’s Haj and Umrah seasons, according to a report. There are positive indicators for enhanced Haj revenues, reported the Ar

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Al Tayyar acquires 70pc stake in Egyptian company

Al-Tayyar Travel Group Holding Company has acquired a 70 per cent stake in Egypt’s Al Hanouf Tourism and Services Company and subsidiary companies in a deal worth SR40.95 million ($11 million). A leading tourism company in E

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Flynas Hajj & Umrah starts Jakarta flights

Flynas Hajj & Umrah, a part of Saudi Arabia’s national carrier flynas, has started three weekly flights from Jeddah to Jakarta. The service was started as part of the airline’s expansion plans during the year, said

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Bahrain airport sees record Eid rush

Bahrain International Airport (BIA) has registered an increased passenger movement during the Eid Al Adha and Hajj season, which rose to over 13,000 between October 1 and 20. During the period, the airport received 13,752 pilgrims

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