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Hajj: Record-breaking crowds expected as pilgrimage begins in Saudi heat

The annual pilgrimage of Hajj began in Mecca, Saudi Arabia on Sunday, with coordinators expecting record-breaking attendance. Crowds have already begun to build around the Kaaba, the cubed structure at the epicentre of Islam’s holiest site, as worshippers arrive. “This year, we will witness the largest Hajj pilgrimage in history,” if things go according to[…]

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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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First group of hujjaj expected on Friday: Sathoa

With the Hajj pilgrimage now drawing to a close, hajj authorities report that despite some minor logistical challenges, the rollout of the pilgrimage has been incident free over the past five days. By Tuesday, most hujjaj had completed the pelting of the Jamarat and will now return to Makkah to[…]

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