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Umrah pilgrim numbers drop 10pc

Makkah has registered a 10 per cent drop in the number pilgrims performing Umrah this season, receiving 1.8 million pilgrims compared to two million during the same period last year, said a report. According to Abdullah Ghadi, deputy he

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Saudi suggests pilgrims at fault over haj deaths

Saudi Arabia, under growing pressure to account for a crush that killed more than 700 people at the haj pilgrimage, on Friday suggested pilgrims failing to follow crowd control rules bore some blame for the worst disaster at the event for 25 y

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Health advisory for Bahraini Haj pilgrims

A call has gone out to pilgrims from Bahrain to strictly follow all health instructions before travelling to Saudi Arabia for performing Haj. Bahrain’s consulate in Jeddah has urged pilgrims  to undergo preventive vaccinations apart

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Mobily develops plan to serve Haj pilgrims

Mobily has developed a comprehensive and operational plan based on its accumulative experience of past years, to serve pilgrims for the 1436 season through 100 sales points.   The operator is keen to be present i

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Pregnant women urged to postpone Haj

Pregnant women who have registered to cross the border to perform an annual pilgrimage have been urged to postpone their plans. Experts have warned of high health risks during the Haj season, with Bahraini authorities recording three miscarria

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Health insurance approved for visitors to Saudi

A visitor health insurance system for those wishing to obtain medical insurance during their visit to Saudi Arabia has been approved by the Council of Cooperative Health Insurance, according to a report. It will cover treatment co

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Saudi plays down Hamas leaders’ visit

Saudi Arabia has played down the significance of a visit by Hamas leaders, saying it was only a religious pilgrimage and Riyadh’s position on the Palestinian Islamist movement was unchanged. “There was no (political) v

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Saudi unveils plan to protect health of Haj pilgrims

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health has drawn up a comprehensive plan to protect the health of Haj pilgrims this year, with a focus on infectious diseases, according to a report. The plan was unveiled at the fifth meeting of t

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Meningitis jab made mandatory for Umrah pilgrims

Vaccination against meningitis and other infectious diseases has been made mandatory for Umrah pilgrims travelling to Saudi Arabia, according to a report. The health requirements issued by Saudi Arabia for Haj and Umrah pilgrims a

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Islamic State recruiters 'targeting pilgrims'

Bahraini teenagers are being offered free pilgrimage trips to Saudi Arabia, where they are persuaded to take up arms alongside the Islamic State (IS), it has been claimed. They are being actively recruited and trained to use weapo

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