Tag: Hajj

  • Limited Hajj, Unlimited Opportunities

    Limited Hajj, Unlimited Opportunities

    By Dr. Aslam Abdullah This year, the Hajj will take place in the most unusual circumstances. The pilgrims will wear masks and maintain social distance when standing at Arafat, stoning Satanic pillars and staying at Mina or circling the House of God. Non-Saudi Arabian residents will not participate in the annual pilgrimage that hosts millions…

  • Over 7,400 employees providing IT services for Hajj

    Over 7,400 employees providing IT services for Hajj

    Makkah : Around 7,411 employees are working around the clock in order to deliver adequate and improved telecom services to pilgrims. The Communications and Information Technology Commission supervises the services in accordance with authorized service providers. According to the General Authority for Statistics (GaStat), the number of branch offices of telecom services reached 69 offices…

  • More than 32,000 staff providing healthcare for Hajj

    More than 32,000 staff providing healthcare for Hajj

    Makkah : The General Authority for Statistics announced that the number of healthcare providers for Hajj 2018 has exceeded 32,579, of which 9,216 are women. In addition to healthcare practitioners coming from the Ministry of Health, Saudi Red Crescent, and the Food and Drug Authority, there are a number of personnel who provide healthcare services…

  • 1,570,054 pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj

    1,570,054 pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj

    Jeddah : The number of Hajj pilgrims coming from outside Saudi Arabia since the beginning of the Hajj season until the end of Tuesday reached 1,570,054 pilgrims. According to the statistics issued by the General Directorate of Passports, this represents a decrease of 15,183 or about 1 percent, compared to the number of pilgrim arrivals…

  • DGCA nod for wide-bodied aircraft at Calicut, Haj flights likely

    DGCA nod for wide-bodied aircraft at Calicut, Haj flights likely

    New Delhi : Aviation regulator DGCA on Thursday granted permission to operate wide-bodied aircraft at Calicut airport that will see Saudi Arabian airlines operate direct flights to the Kingdom from the city in Kerala, Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu said. The operation of international flights from Calicut would also likely lead to its becoming an…

  • Record number of Hajis in year subsidy abolished

    Record number of Hajis in year subsidy abolished

    New Delhi : The year 2018 that began with the end of Haj subsidy has been marked by a record 175,025 Indians heading for Saudi Arabia and is also distinct for a record 47 per cent women among the pilgrims including 1,308 without their ‘mehram’ (male companion). “For the first time after the Independence, record…

  • Saudi allows Indonesia to use biometric identification for Hajj pilgrims

    Saudi allows Indonesia to use biometric identification for Hajj pilgrims

    Jakarta : The Saudi Arabian authorities have allowed Indonesia`s customs to check Hajj pilgrims` identity by using biometrics in home country`s embarkation, according to Indonesian Minister of Religious Affairs Lukman Hakim Saifuddin. Saifuddin believes that the arrangement will cut queues during security check-in Saudi Arabia. “All this time, our Hajj pilgrims should wait for hours…

  • Saudi rejects ‘internationalization’ of Hajj pilgrimage

    Saudi rejects ‘internationalization’ of Hajj pilgrimage

    By Viola Fahmy, Cairo: Riyadh’s ambassador to the Arab League, Ahmed Qattan, has reiterated his country’s rejection of the “politicization” or “internationalization” of the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. “Attempts to internationalize the Holy Places of Mecca and Medina are part of a wider conspiracy,” Qattan, who also serves as Saudi ambassador to Egypt,…

  • Saudi Arabia plans to increase capacity of Mecca’s Grand Mosque

    Saudi Arabia plans to increase capacity of Mecca’s Grand Mosque

    Riyadh : Saudi Arabia on Monday announced a plan to launch a company to increase the capacity of the Grand Mosque in Mecca to accommodate pilgrims who are expected to reach more than 30 million by 2030. The company’s establishment is in line with Vision 2030, which aims to provide an opportunity for the largest…

  • Saudi Arabia, IDB distribute sacrificial meat among 30 million needy people in 27 countries

    Saudi Arabia, IDB distribute sacrificial meat among 30 million needy people in 27 countries

    Makkah : The Utilization of Sacrificial Meat (Adahi) is a project undertaken by Saudi Arabia in collaboration with the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) that aims to distribute sacrificial meat among over 30 million people in 27 countries in the Asian and African continents. In the past Hajj seasons, people used to freeze and ship the…