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Saudi Arabia has ambitions to be world's fifth most-visited destination

As COVID-19 vaccination programs roll out across the world, tourism-dependent countries are feverishly hoping that visitors will return to their cleaner-than-ever shores from sometime this year, Nikkei Asia reports. One such country is Saudi Arabia, which now has ambitions to be the world's fifth most-visited destination by 2030. It may be hard to imagine this unlikely newcomer to global tourism outdoing a very affable Italy - the current titleholder with 65 million visitors in 2019 - but then stranger things have happened

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Hajj amid pandemic

As few as 1,000 people already residing in Saudi Arabia were selected to take part in the hajj this year

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Saudi Arabia to bar arrivals from abroad to attend haj

Saudi Arabia said it will bar arrivals from abroad to attend the haj this year due to the coronavirus, allowing only a limited number of Saudi citizens and residents to make the pilgrimage with social distancing measures enforced. …

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Mecca and Medina holy sites protected from coronavirus

Saudi Arabia reopened two its holy religious sites, Al-Haram Mosque in Mecca and Al-Masjid al Nabawy in Medina, after they were closed for sterilisation to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus. It was not clear from the Al-Ekhbariya …

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Kazakhstan's 300 hajj-goers leave for Mecca

3,000 Muslims from Kazakhstan will make the hajj to Mecca this year, the Caucasus Ministry of Social Development's press service said. First 300 hajj-goers have already left Almaty for Saudi Arabia, Interfax-Kazakhstan …

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Deaths among Egyptian pilgrims on hajj reaches 35

Egypt's health ministry said Saturday that further deaths among Egyptians while on the hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, and during the first and second days of Islam's major festival of Eid Al-Adha, has brought the total number so far to …

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Karachay-Cherkessia to hold 3rd Quran-reading contest

Karachay-Cherkessia will hold the third “Best reader of the Holy Quran” contest on November 20, organized by the Muslim Administration of Karachay-Cherkessia and supported by the government of the republic. This time …

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 Yemen's Houthis launch missile toward Mecca

Yemen's Houthi militia launched a ballistic missile toward Mecca, the Saudi-led coalition intervening in Yemen's civil war said. Coalition forces destroyed the missile 65 km from the holy city without damage and retaliated …

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Nearly 2 million in Saudi for hajj

Close to two million pilgrims have converged on western Saudi Arabia for the annual hajj, Zee News reported.  Saudi Arabia took new measures aimed to prevent a recurrence of last year`s stampede which killed around …

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Iranian pilgrims won't perform Hajj in Saudi Arabia

Iranian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Mohsen Pakayin said that this year Muslim countries will refuse to send pilgrims to perform the Hajj in Mecca and Medina, or reduce the number of pilgrims until Saudi Arabia provides safety guarantees. …

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Registration for pilgrimage to Mecca starts in Crimea

The Spiritual Administration of Muslims (DUM) in Crimea has announced about the beginning of registration of everybody who wants to perform Hajj in Mecca.  According to Vice-Premier of the Crimean government Ruslan …

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19 Egyptian pilgrims killed in accident in Saudi Arabia

19 pilgrims from Egypt became victims of an accident in Saudi Arabia, another 25 people were injured, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Egypt reports. A bus carrying 44 people overturned on the road between Mecca and Medina. All …

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Two residents of Jeddah killed during flooding

At least two people have been killed by electric shock during flood in the city of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. The authorities advised residents of the cities of Jeddah and Mecca not leave their houses …

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