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Saudi deports 150 female pilgrims and hold 1,000

We were not given water to drink; there was no food for us and we remained glued on our seats in our aircraft for all those hours, said Hajia Amina Musa, as she broke down and wept.

September 27, 2012 12:25
Afghan calligrapher creates world’s largest Quran

Afghan calligrapher creates world’s largest Quran

An Afghan calligrapher has worked for five years to create the world's biggest Quran, a bid to show the world that Afghanistan's rich cultural heritage and traditions have been damaged but not destroyed by 30 years of war.

January 17, 2012 2:49

Mecca Monorail to open this year

Part of the rail system will launch this year; network will be fully operational before the commencement of Haj in 2011.

March 21, 2010 3:02

Swine flu kills five during Haj

The Saudi health minister, Abdullah al-Rabeeah, said that…

November 29, 2009 6:13
Flu fears deterring Haj pilgrims

Flu fears deterring Haj pilgrims

Four pilgrims have died of the H1N1 virus during the Haj this year, but officials say they have taken adequate precautionary measures to prevent an outbreak.

November 25, 2009 10:19
Saudi pulls out all the stops

Saudi pulls out all the stops

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Health has refuted reports that 10 pilgrims have died in the Kingdom. He also insists that pilgrims are protected against swine flu, Arab News reports.

November 24, 2009 12:57
Rents in Makkah rise ahead of Haj

Rents in Makkah rise ahead of Haj

Landlords in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, are gearing up to kick tenants out ahead of the Haj, in order to charge pilgrims extortionate rents. They do this every year. It’s illegal.

November 11, 2009 1:41

Saudi not to bar anyone from attending Haj

Nobody will be barred from attending…

November 7, 2009 10:36
Walk this way, pilgrims

Walk this way, pilgrims

Saudi Arabian officials announced the procedures Haj pilgrims need to follow upon arriving in the Kingdom. Prepare yourself, it’s complicated.

November 5, 2009 2:26
Haj: No smoking zone

Haj: No smoking zone

The kingdom has launched a major campaign to make the cities of Makkah and Madinah tobacco free during Haj this year.

November 3, 2009 10:30