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100,000 troops to secure Haj 2015
Government | Sunday 20 September, 2015 4:34 am
Some 100,000 security personnel have been deployed to oversee the annual Haj pilgrimage that begins on Tuesday, according to the Interior Ministry. Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, spokesman for the ministry, said among those securing the massive crowds during Haj are members of an elite...
Power capacity at holy sites 18,680MW
Government | Sunday 20 September, 2015 4:32 am
The capacity of electricity plants at the holy sites now stands at 18,680MW, according to the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC). Ziyad bin Mohammad Al-Sheiha, chief executive officer of the SEC, said that various upgrades and distribution projects have been completed to meet the expected...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Guests Program for Haj and Umrah
Government | Saturday 19 September, 2015 1:12 pm
The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Dawah, and Guidance has launched this year a program targeting leading Muslim figures all over the world. The program has so far hosted 500 Umrah pilgrims since the beginning of the Umrah season and intends to host another 500 more by the end of the...
King tells officials to provide best services for pilgrims
Government | Thursday 17 September, 2015 4:25 am
Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal said that King Salman’s directions stipulate that all services should be deployed to bring comfort to the guests of God. He said after an inspection tour that this country will deploy all potential to provide services to Haj pilgrims under directives of the ...
King: SR1m for family of each crane victim
Government | Tuesday 15 September, 2015 6:53 pm
 Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has ordered massive payouts for the families of those killed and injured in last week’s crane crash tragedy, which claimed the lives of 111 people and injured over 238. In a royal decree on Tuesday, the king announced that there would be...
SR250 train ticket for pilgrims
Government | Monday 14 September, 2015 3:19 am
The central management of developmental projects of the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs has prepared a comprehensive plan for the operation of Al-Mashaer train for Haj season, according to an online newspaper. Under the plan, 370,000 pilgrims of the country, other Gulf countries, South ...
A hundred doors lead to the Prophet’s Mosque
Government | Sunday 13 September, 2015 10:58 am
The Prophet's Mosque in Madinah is the second holiest place of worship in Islam. Even though a pilgrimage to the mosque is not a religious obligation on Muslims, millions of them from all over the world who come to perform Haj or Umrah in Makkah annually visit Madinah to pay homage to the...
Tawaf on bridge suspended for safety of pilgrims
Government | Sunday 13 September, 2015 10:50 am
The circumambulation around the Kaaba (tawaf) on the bridge which is used as a temporary circumambulation platform especially for wheelchair-bound pilgrims and the elderly, will be temporarily suspended as a result of Friday's crane collapse tragedy, according to a source at the General...
800,000 Hajis ... and rising
Government | Friday 11 September, 2015 4:05 am
Nearly 800,000 pilgrims have arrived from abroad to perform Haj this year. According to statistics released by the Passport Department on Thursday, 796,581 pilgrims have so far landed in Saudi Arabia for the annual pilgrimage that begins in another 10 days. “Of them, 780,474 pilgrims...
King returns from US visit
Government | Friday 11 September, 2015 2:01 am
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman arrived in Jeddah on Thursday evening, following an official visit to the United States and after a short private vacation outside the kingdom, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said. King Salman arrived in Washington on Sept. 3 and met with US...
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