Thursday, October 21, 2021


Saudi Arabia to reopen borders for vaccinated umrah pilgrims

Authorities will begin accepting travel requests from Aug 9.

Haj pilgrims face growing heatstroke risks

Climate scientists say that rising temperatures could 'compromise the very essence of Islam'.

Don’t cause us all to be ‘sacrificed’, Noor Hisham pleads ahead of Eid celebrations

The health DG urges everyone to continue adhering to SOPs and to learn from the past clusters that emerged due to festive celebrations.

Cops to reject Miti letter at roadblocks from July 18-21

This is to prevent the crossing of state borders for Hari Raya Aidiladha celebrations.

Pilgrims arrive in Mecca for second pandemic haj

This year's haj, with participants chosen through a lottery, is larger than the pared-down version staged in 2020 but drastically smaller than in normal times.

Saudis approve Sinovac vaccine

This will allow millions of Muslims who have been administered with the Chinese vaccine to perform the haj or umrah to Mecca.

Socially distanced robots serve Mecca holy water ahead of haj

Roughly 20 robots are currently available for helping visitors and pilgrims at the haj.

Saudi to host scaled-down haj for citizens, residents already in kingdom

Only 60,000 vaccinated nationals and residents will be allowed to perform the annual pilgrimage.

Indonesia travel businesses on knees as Saudi Arabia halts pilgrimages

The huge losses and months of operating without an income has compelled some haj and umrah operators to close their businesses permanently.

No haj pilgrims from Indonesia this year

The religious affairs minister cites safety concerns amid the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.

Saudi Arabia considers barring overseas haj pilgrims for second year

Millions of pilgrims from around the world crowding into the holy cities would be a hotbed for virus transmission.

Haj pilgrims to get Pfizer, AstraZeneca jabs

These are the only two vaccines recognised by Saudi Arabia.

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