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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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Saudi on Ebola watch as millions gather for haj

Anxious to safeguard Islam's haj pilgrimage from the threat of Ebola, Saudi authorities are screening pilgrims arriving from West Africa and have deployed mobile laboratories to test any suspected cases quickly. The kingdom ex

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Haj pilgrims flown back to Bahrain after mix-up

More than 60 Haj pilgrims were flown back home to Bahrain yesterday (September 24) after a mix-up with permits left them stranded at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah. They were part of a group of approximately 100 pi

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Haj health training in Bahrain to fight viruses

Health workers in Bahrain are getting specialist training on how to tackle potentially fatal illnesses among haj pilgrims. The Bahraini Haj Medical Committee is being equipped with more than 500 types of medicines to protect an es

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First batch of pilgrims arrives in Madinah

The new Haj season has begun with the arrival of the first batch of pilgrims at the Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah. The pilgrims, from Malaysia, India and Bangladesh, were received by a number of official

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Ebola hotline set up for Bahraini pilgrims in Saudi

Special hotlines will be set up for Bahraini pilgrims in Saudi Arabia amidst an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. The move is part of Bahrain's emergency plans to fight the virus, which has a fatality rate of up to 90 per ce

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Safety measures for Ebola-free Hajj

Pilgrims coming on airlines from West and Central Africa, and also from other countries, to Saudi Arabia are being monitored for the Ebola virus since they could have been on transit in the endemic countries and can potentially be carriers of th

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Saudi to build new pilgrimage airport at Taif

Saudi Arabia is planning to build a new international airport to serve pilgrims to Makkah in the nearby city of Taif, its General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) said on Thursday. GACA is preparing a tender and will ask consor

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