With the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia placing a temporary ban on Umrah pilgrims to prevent the arrival and spread of the coronavirus, several South African associations have warned of travel cancellations or changes. The country’s foreign ministry this week announced a temporary suspension of entry for the purpose of Umrah[…]
More than 20 deals have been signed on Monday between Moscow and Riyadh during President Vladimir Putin’s state visit to Saudi Arabia. Agreements include the charter for long-term cooperation between the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and non-cartel oil producers. Along with the charter, the two countries have[…]
Yemen’s Saudi-backed government and southern separatists are close to a deal that would end a power struggle in the southern port of Aden and see Saudi forces take temporary control of the city, Reuters reported, citing sources. Saudi Arabia, leader of the Arab coalition battling Yemen’s Houthi movement, has been[…]
Saudi Arabia announced on Sunday it would allow unmarried foreign couples to rent hotel rooms together as the kingdom begins offering up tourist visas for the first time. The tourism authority said in a statement published on Twitter that Saudi women travelling alone would also be able to check into[…]
In a move that has been widely praised, the Saudi government has announced that the umrah visa fees for repeat pilgrims have been scrapped. On Monday, Saudi minister for Hajj and Umrah, Dr. Mohammad Salih Bentin, thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for issuing a royal decree[…]
A Red Cross official has estimated that Saudi airstrikes killed at least 100 people at a Yemeni prison. Medics have been dispatched to the scene of what looks like the deadliest strike in Yemen this year. Airstrikes pounded the detention center located in a college building in Dhamar City on[…]
Saudi Arabia will allow women to travel abroad without approval from a male “guardian”, the government has announced, ending a restriction that drew international censure and prompted extreme attempts to flee the kingdom. The decree announced on Friday comes after high-profile attempts by women to escape their guardians, despite a string of reforms[…]
The South African Haj and Umrah Council (Sahuc) has attempted to allay fears of families at home, worried about the safety of umrah pilgrims in Madinah after Monday evening’s bomb blast. As Muslims around the world observed the 29th Taraweeh prayers, mussallies in the Haram of Madinah were startled by[…]
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