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Saudi Arabia to see temporary dip in pilgrim numbers

Saudi Arabia will see a significant drop in the number of Haj pilgrims until the completion of the expansion projects at the two holy mosques, said a report. According to

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Haj pilgrims 'may not have followed instructions'

Saudi Arabia's heath minister said on Friday a crush that killed more than 700 people at the haj pilgrimage may have been caused by pilgrims failing to follow instructions from authorities shepherding the world's largest annual gatheri

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Death toll at Makkah stampede rises

The death toll from a stampede during the annual Muslim haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia has risen to 453 people of various nationalities, the Saudi Arabia's civil defence authority said.   It said that the cru

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Flags, phones and human chains: Pilgrims find their way

For the millions of Muslims set to start the annual haj pilgrimage in Makkah on Tuesday, the challenge of reaching the city where Islam was born has paled in comparison with finding their way once they got here. Islam's holiest city

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Mobily offers mobiles for pilgrims with 'Hala Haj' package

Mobily, a leading telecommunications operator in Saudi Arabia, is offering pilgrims mobile phones along with the 'Hala Haj' package with competitive prices to enable them to communicate easily and conveniently with their families from

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Mobily come to Makkah pilgrims' rescue

Saudi-based telecom service operator Mobily said it is granting all pilgrims in Makkah free credit to help them contact their relatives and loved ones after the deadly crane collapse that claimed 107 lives on Friday.   In its

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Bahraini pilgrims warned to abide by rules

More than 3,500 people from Bahrain, who have planned to travel to Makkah next month to perform Haj, have been warned to abide by the new rules as part of increased security measures, reported the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication

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$3bn Umrah spend prompts focus on local products

A total of 5.8 million Umrah pilgrims spent about SR12 billion ($3.2 billion) in the last nine months in Saudi Arabia, a report said, citing experts who stressed the need for more home-manufactured goods to boost the economy. The

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Haj pilgrims in Bahrain urged to get vaccinated

People planning to perform Haj are being urged to report to their respective health centres to undergo medical tests and get vaccinated during the last week of this month. Haj Medical Mission co-ordination committee chairman Dr Al

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Makkah sees 14m pilgrims in 16 days

Saudi Arabia’s holy city of Makkah witnessed over 14 million worshippers and pilgrims visit the city during the first 16 days of Ramadan, a staggering 40 per cent increase compared to the same period last year, said a report. In a

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