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Saudi Arabia to see over 20m visitors by 2020

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. The com

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Haj slowdown hits Saudi businesses

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

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Saudi keeps watch on Haj pilgrims via drones

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. In one o

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Abu Dhabi Airport prepares for Haj season

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

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Saudi Arabia strives to prevent crush at Haj

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

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Qatar Airways offers exclusive Haj kits to pilgrims

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

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Madinah prepares for influx of pilgrims

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. Saudi Arabia’s new ‘post-oil’ economy plan as outlined in ‘Visi

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Saudi plans hi-tech bracelets in haj safety push

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

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Bahrain backs Haj stance

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.

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Iranians to miss Haj this year: Irna

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. &quo

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