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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 ( 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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An account of one person's Hajj 'House of Allah'

An account of one person’s Hajj  ‘The House of Allah’ I was in Haram Shariff — the Holy Mosque — standing in front of Kaaba, my entire being in a state of trance, eyes glued to the magnificent image bathed in jalal and noor — the luminescence of the Almighty.

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Bin Laden Group wins Haramain Rail contract

Bin Laden Group wins Haramain Rail contract February 1, 2011 – The Saudi Binladin Group (SBG) has won a contract from the Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) for construction work on SRO’s Haramain High Speed Rail Project. According to the contract, SBG will design and build passenger stations in Makkah and

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Foreigners rename Makkah’s traditional neighborhoods

This area in Makkah’s famous Al-Mansour district is renamed Schizo by African migrants in honor of a tribal chief who came and settled here long ago. (AN photo) MAKKAH: Foreign residents of Makkah have started changing the traditional names of certain districts to remind them of their home countries. Al-Mansour

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