Inbound arrivals to Saudi Arabia will reach over 20 million by 2020, as the religious tourism sector flourishes in line with increasing demand to join the annual Haj pilgrimage, according to consumer insight firm Canadean.
Saudi businesses catering to Haj visitor have taken a hit this year as far fewer pilgrims arrive and those who come have less cash to spend.
Saudi authorities say only about 1.86 million pilgrims, including around 1.3 million comi
Saudi authorities deployed drones to watch over nearly 2 million pilgrims as they ascended Mount Arafat at the climax of the Haj pilgrimage on Sunday, part of stepped up efforts to avoid a repeat of last year's crush.
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Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) has put in place a range of initiatives that will ensure the smooth and safe passage of pilgrims through the airport during the forthcoming Haj season.
In order to handle the four extra Etihad
A year after the worst Haj disaster in a generation, Saudi Arabia is issuing pilgrims with electronic bracelets and using more surveillance cameras to avoid a repeat of a crush that killed hundreds.
The world's largest annual
Qatar Airways is embracing the spirit of Haj by providing pilgrims with exclusive Haj kits designed and assembled with items to assist them during their spiritual journey.
The Haj kits will be offered to all passengers travelling
More than 600,000 pilgrims are expected to arrive in Madinah, Saudi Arabia, this week before Haj, the Ministry of Haj and Umrah has announced.
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Saudi Arabia will introduce electronic identification bracelets for all pilgrims to Makkah starting this year, Saudi media said on Thursday, as part of a safety drive a year after the annual Islamic rite suffered its deadliest disaster in a ge
Bahrain has rejected any attempt to politicise the Haj season, backing the right of Saudi Arabia to take all necessary measures to ensure pilgrims’ security and safety, reported the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.
Iranian Muslims will miss the annual Haj pilgrimage in September this year because Tehran and Riyadh failed to agree organisational details after they cut diplomatic ties in January, the Irna news agency reported on Thursday.