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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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How Hajj transformed Malcolm X against Racism

How Hajj transformed Malcolm X against Racism Feb 21st, 2011 Today marks 46 years since human rights activist and icon Malcolm X was assassinated. The date also falls during North America’s Black History Month (February), but Malcolm X’s cultural relevance goes beyond just those of the African diaspora.   Here we

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