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Tourism – Hajj and Umrah

Food for pilgrims under scrutiny

Makkah municipality is taking steps to ensure that the food served to pilgrims by catering companies and restaurants this Haj season is hygienic and of good quality. The municipality and the Ministry of Commerce have been engaged in separate inspections of eateries to ensure the best quality food for pilgrims.[…]

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Grand mosque extension opens for haj

More than 2 million pilgrims, who are to perform Haj this year, can use the newly expanded areas of the Grand Mosque in Makkah for prayers, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has ordered. In accordance with the royal directives, pilgrims will be able to perform prayers inside[…]

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Top quality services promised for Madina pilgrims

Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman, chairman of the Madinah Haj Committee, opened the Bunyan 7 Exhibition entitled “Partnership in Haj Operations” south of the Prophet’s Mosque on Wednesday, to highlight the quality services available for pilgrims this year. President of Taiba University Adnan Al-Mazroue and other top officials were[…]

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Bulk of hujjaj departed

The majority of hujjaj in Cape Town have already left for the Saudi Kingdom, with only 40 individuals yet to depart for the annual haj pilgrimage. This is according to the chairperson of the South African Travel and Haj Operators Association (Sathoa), Sedick Steenkamp. Speaking to VOC’s Talking Point, Steenkamp[…]

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First hujjaj depart for haj

There was high spirits at Cape Town International Airport as the first group of hujjaj departed for haj Monday. Sixty-six pilgrims left with Khidmatul-Awaam pilgrim services from Cape Town, 40 on a local flight and the rest on an international flight on Emirates airline. Although pilgrims were overwhelmed with emotion,[…]

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Haj visas delay dealt with

Roleplayers in the local haj industry have met with the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs to resolve a technical glitch that has delayed the issuing of visas. On Thursday, South African Travel and Haj Operators Association (Sathoa) chairperson Sedick Steenkamp said hujaaj can breathe easier knowing that the issue has[…]

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