Saudi Kingdom

Busy umrah season for Ramadan

While Muslims around the world observe Ramadan while going about their days, a lucky few are venturing to the holy cities of Makkah and Madina to perform Umrah. Ramadan being the busiest period of the year for the Umrah pilgrimage, thousands of mu’tamireen flocks to the holy lands, where Saudi[…]

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#Haj2016 comes to an end

Hujjaj performed their last pelting ritual at the Jamarat today, bringing an end to the physically and mentally rites of haj. While extra safety measures have been put in place, there was some crowding at the Jamarat complex on Wednesday, as throngs of pilgrims made their way to throw all[…]

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Umrah season begins

With the school holidays now underway, the Saudi Kingdom will see a surge in the number of South African families performing umrah over the festive season. The South African Travel and Haj Operators Association (Sathoa) estimates that 10 000 South Africans will perform umrah over the December-January holiday period. The[…]

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Haj concludes on a subdued note

Saudi Arabia deployed large numbers of special forces on Saturday on the last day of Haj. Dozens of “special emergency force” troops were seen on one level of the Jamarat Bridge, a five-storey structure in Mina where pilgrims ritually stone the devil. Many more special troops patrolled the network of[…]

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