Tourism – Hajj and Umrah

Saudi Arabia: Robots to relay sermons and call to prayer at Mecca’s Grand Mosque

INTERNATIONAL Saudi Arabia has launched a set of robots equipped with artificial intelligence technology in the Grand Mosque of Mecca, which will help worshippers during their visit to the holy site. Unveiled over the weekend, the robots will communicate public messages, such as sermons and prayer calls, from the imams and muezzins[…]

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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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