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Authorities keen to preserve precious Madinah dates

Millions of Haj and Umrah pilgrims as well as visitors from all over the world flock to Madinah, Islam’s second holiest city, to realize their life-long wish of visiting the grave of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and offer prayers at Rawda Sharif. Almost all of them return from

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Study proposes expansion of first floor mataf

JEDDAH: A comprehensive study has been prepared for the expansion of the mataf (the circumambulation area around the Holy Kaaba) to reduce congestion. Col. Yahya Al-Zahrani, commander of the security force at the Grand Mosque in Makkah told Al-Watan Arabic daily that the mataf expansion would be carried out on

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Protecting the country’s growing tourism industry

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) is taking the right action by issuing a fresh warning to some owners of hotels and furnished apartments to abide by recently introduced regulations, including the mandatory display of prices and services offered by their establishments. This comes in the wake of

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Unprecedented hotel occupancy in Makkah

Pilgrims are seen strolling under the scorching sun near hotels in the Central Area around the Grand Mosque in Makkah, Sunday. – Okaz photo MAKKAH – With Ramadan’s advent in the summer season this year, hotels here have reached an unprecedented occupancy rates. The majority of hotels are now closed

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Ramadan plan ensures ease and comfort for worshippers

The Grand Mosque is already full of worshippers and Umrah pilgrims. Over 4.5 million Umrah visas have been issued for this year’s Ramadan starting Monday. Authorities have devised elaborate plans to provide all comfort to visitors to the holy cty. MAKKAH – The General Presidency of the Affairs of the

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Saudi expects five million pilgrims during Ramadan

Pilgrimage visas are 1.1 million up on 2010 making for an unprecedented rise in one of the Kingdom’s most important sources of non-oil revenue Saudi Arabia expects to receive a record five million pilgrims during Ramadan this year. According to figures released by the Agency for Umrah Affairs at the

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King, crown prince greet Muslims on Ramadan

King Abdullah, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and Crown Prince Sultan, deputy premier and minister of defense and aviation, greeted Muslims in the Kingdom and the rest of the world Sunday on the beginning of the blessed month of Ramadan.

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