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Saudi signs $8.2B rail deal with Spanish Group

Saudi Arabia signed a contract worth 30.8 billion riyals ($8.2 billion) on Saturday with a Spanish consortium to build a high-speed railway connecting Islam's holiest cities, Mecca and Medina, with the port city of Jeddah.

January 14, 2012 5:34
 
Haj commercialization will continue – it’s human nature

Haj commercialization will continue – it’s human nature

As the Saudi Deputy Prime Minister announces a Dh21 billion dollar development plan for holy sites in Mecca, Kipp can see that the commercialization of Haj will continue for a while yet.

November 21, 2010 2:11
 
The rich-poor divide jars ethos of Hajj

The rich-poor divide jars ethos of Hajj

New luxury hotels in Holy Mecca pamper wealthy pilgrims, contradicting the ethos of sacrifice, simplicity, and humility of hajj.

November 15, 2010 4:00
 
Mecca goes up-market, but commercialism unnerves some

Mecca goes up-market, but commercialism unnerves some

Luxury hotels are springing up in Mecca, as projects aim to accommodate more Muslims at Haj. But these big money developments are not necessarily welcome.

November 14, 2010 1:17
 

Construction workers go on strike in Mecca

About 500 laborers down tools over employer’s alleged failure to pay salaries.

May 10, 2010 1:56
 

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
 

Two arrested for selling space in Mecca

Authorities in Saudi are cracking down on…

September 15, 2009 10:24
 
Haj reflections

Haj reflections

Siraj Wahab, a journalist with Arab News, gives a rare and personal glimpse of the Haj pilgrimage in Mecca.

December 9, 2008 11:47