Tourism – Hajj and Umrah

Saudi Arabia eases Covid 19 restrictions

Saudi Arabia will ease COVID-19 restrictions from Oct 17, the Interior ministry said on Friday, in response to a sharp drop in daily infections and a considerable development in vaccinations. The government will lift social distancing measures and will allow full-capacity attendance at the country’s two Holy Mosques in Mecca[…]

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SAHUC release on Hajj refunds

The South African Hajj and Umrah Council (SAHUC) says it has exhausted all efforts to retrieve outstanding funds from Hajj operators. In the latest statement released, SAHUC has advised mu’tamireen to take the legal route to recover their outstanding monies. However, SAHUC says most funds have been repaid. Please see[…]

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Don’t Nick Hajj Time

This is part of a series written by Dr Salim Parker. More stories at  They were fuming. It seemed whatever that was promised to them did not materialize. The early check-in in Madinah, the City of Peace and Light was non-existent and they had to hang around for a[…]

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Hajj at what Cost?

 This is part of a series of Hajj Stories by Dr Salim Parker. Visit ‘I cannot perform Hajj this year,’ he said. ‘Please postpone my journey till next year,’ he added. He looked down, dejected and close to tears. His shoulders slouched. He not only was evidently close to[…]

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Not just another unknown

This forms part of a series by Dr Salim Parker, known as the Hajj Doctor. More stories at He lay on his bed on his right side. He looked serene and content. Life may not have been as financially kind to him as for others in his group but[…]

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Postponing Virtual Hajj

This hajj story is written by Dr Salim Parker, known as the hajj doctor. More stories can be found at Hajj 2020 is over. Some close to me kept themselves busy. My Imam, who was supposed to have set off for his half-century of standing at the time of[…]

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