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Saudi Arabia launches websites for Hajj updates

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture and Information has launched two digital platforms in the lead-up to the Hajj, which will provide information and insights to pilgrims in Makkah, worldwide audiences and local and international media.

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Nearly 1.5m pilgrims arrive for Hajj in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has to date welcomed 1.497 million pilgrims who have flocked to the country in preparation for the annual Islamic Hajj pilgrimage, which is due to begin on August 30. In total, around two million people from across th

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Ooredoo Oman offers double data for Hajj travellers

Ooredoo Oman has announced that the new Ooredoo Passport Hajj bundle will offer 2GB of data and 30 voice minutes for just RO10 ($25.90) for the duration of the pilgrims’ stay in Saudi Arabia. This year’s edition of Oor

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Jeddah's Hajj terminal can handle 175,000 pilgrims at a time

Spread over 510,000-sq-m, the Hajj terminal at the Jeddah airport can accommodate 175,000 pilgrims at a time - 91,000 at the arrival lounge and 84,000 in the departure lounge, said a report. Under new arrangements, the airport fac

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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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