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Saudi Unveils Two-month Hajj Plan

MAKKAH — The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques in Saudi Arabia has unveiled its two-month plan for the upcoming Hajj season, stretching from the current month till the end of August. “The Hajj plan seeks to help pilgrims to perform their duties with utmost ease without any hindrance,” Sheikh Dr. …

Hajj 360: Video Explores Hajj to Makkah

In this Al Jazeera video, Basma Atassi takes you on a tour to see the major landmarks that millions of Muslims visit during the period of Hajj, the annual Islamic pilgrimage.

7 Muslim Countries to Watch in World Cup

MOSCOW – No Muslim country has ever won the football’s most prestigious competition, the FIFA World Cup. However, the best achievement for the Muslim World in the championship was Turkey’s historic qualification to semifinal and grabbing 3rd position in 2002, as well as Senegal’s qualification to the quarterfinals in the same tournament. In this 2018 …

Muslims Celebrate `Eid Al-Fitr Friday

MAKKAH – The majority of Muslims worldwide will celebrate `Eid Al-Fitr, which crowns the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, on Friday, June 15, after Saudi officials confirmed seeing the moon of Shawwal. Religious authorities in Saudi Arabia have announced that the new moon of Shawwal, the 10th month of Islamic calendar, was …

Makkah & Madinah Gear Up for Ramadan

MAKKAH – The Central Hajj Committee in Saudi Arabia is putting final touches on the ongoing preparations in the two holy cities of Makkah and Madinah to welcome millions of Muslim worshipers during the fasting holy month of Ramadan. “As of May 6, a record number of 5.4 million pilgrims performed Umrah, and this figure …

Saudi Initiative Target Muslim Tourists

JEDDAH – A Saudi tourism commission has launched an initiative to make Saudi Arabia the preferred destination for Muslim tourists from all around the world. “The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) is building a productive private/public sector partnership (PPP) initiative that will transform the national tourism sector and contribute significantly to Saudi …

Saudi's Haramain Train Fully Operational This Year

MADINAH – The awaited high-speed Haramain train is expected to be fully operational this year, as announced by Nabil Al-Amoudi, the Saudi Minister of Transportation, and the Chairman of the Saudi Railway Organization. “The pilot operation has been going to plan since the end of 2017. Now, this $16 billion-service will be functional for the …

Saudi Plans Madinah Tourism Boost

MADINAH – Saudi transformation and tourism boards announced plans to develop the facilities and services of the tourist accommodation sector in Madinah. “Madinah is considered one of the pillars of National Transformation Program (NTP). Thus, we seek to revitalize tourism in it through many steps,” Khalid bin Hussein Al-Shahrani, the director general of the Madinah …

British Referee Stops Match for Adhan

A British referee has won huge praise from Muslim football fans after he stopped a Saudi Arabia cup match out of respect for the Adhan, the Muslim call to prayers.



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