Thursday, October 21, 2021


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.

Socially distanced robots serve Mecca holy water ahead of haj

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

Haj pilgrims to get Pfizer, AstraZeneca jabs

These are the only two vaccines recognised by Saudi Arabia.

‘Immunised’ Muslim pilgrims in Mecca as Ramadan begins

Only immunised pilgrims are eligible for permits to perform the pilgrimage and to attend prayers in the Grand Mosque during Ramadan.

Saudi to allow only ‘immunised’ pilgrims to Mecca

Only those who have received two doses of the vaccine, those administered a single dose at least 14 days prior, and people who have recovered from the infection will be eligible for permits.

2 students arrested in Turkey for ‘inciting hatred’ over Mecca LGBT poster

The poster depicted a mythical half-woman and half-snake on the Kaaba with flags of LGBT, lesbian, trans and asexual people.

Saudi Arabia aims to become tourist hot spot

There is no word on whether the kingdom's strict ban on alcohol will be modified.

Eligible Muslims wait in line as special haj quotas abused and sold

Politicians and elected representatives have been the biggest recipients of haj quotas over the decades.

Saudi to reopen travel for GCC citizens, may allow umrah next year

Under this arrangement, some sectors would be allowed to travel, including government officials, diplomats and individuals needing urgent medical attention.

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