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Jeddah airport eyes 80m passenger capacity by 2035

JEDDAH — King Abdulaziz International Airport here is forecast to see a four-fold surge in annual passenger capacity to 80 million by 2035 and has put in place an expansion plan to cater to the increased demand, a top executive at the airport said. KAIA Director Muhammad Abed told Aviation

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Ceremonial washing of the Holy Kaaba

Makkah, Saudi Arabia Prince Khaled Al-Faisal comes down the steps of the Holy Kaaba after the ceremonial washing of its interior on behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah on Saturday, the first day of the Hijri month of Shaaban. The Holy Kaaba is washed twice

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Outcry as Umrah operators hike fees

An issue which is affecting countries wordlwide including the UK. Umrah operators in Qatar have come again under fire after they were accused by people planning to go to Makkah of hiking prices ahead of Ramadan. Manama: Umrah operators in Qatar have come again under fire after they were accused

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International Groups to manage Makkah hotels

Inter’l groups to manage Makkah hotels LONDON: The Jabal Omar Company for Development has signed a major agreement with three major international hotel groups for the management and operation of 12 of its 37 hotel towers close to the Grand Mosque in Makkah. The signing Tuesday took place in the

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Holy cities vital for Saudi drive to boost tourist numbers

High demand makes government develop new projects in Makkah By Orlando Crowcroft, Business News Editor (GulfNews.com) Dubai: It is not only the presence of Islam’s holiest site that makes Makkah a unique tourist destination. The city is amongst a handful of destinations in 2011 with the challenge of not having

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