Hajj and Umrah News - South Africa

13 Oct 2018

Pakistanis account for more than half of Umrah pilgrims currently in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: The number of Umrah visas issued this year has reached 421,411 of which 181,690 pilgrims have arrived in the Kingdom, according to data provided by the Hajj and Umrah Ministry. There are 150,429 pilgrims still in the Kingdom, with 107,024 in Makkah and 43,405 in Madinah. Most pilgrims — 170,279 — came to the Kingdom by air, while 11,411 entered by land. None arrived by

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11 Oct 2018

13 winners honored at Saudi Arabia’s King Abdelaziz Qur’an competition

JEDDAH: The 13 winners of the 40th King Abdulaziz International competition for memorizing, reciting and interpreting Qur’an were honored during a ceremony on Wednesday. Prince Faisal bin Salman, Governor of Madinah, sponsored the ceremony and honored the winners at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, where the competition was being held for the first time.

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11 Oct 2018

Saudi Arabia’s Haramain High-Speed Railway opens to public

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s new Haramain High-Speed Railway opened to the public on Thursday, whisking travelers between Makkah and Madinah through King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) in Rabigh and Jeddah. Rumaih Al-Rumaih, chairman of the Public Transport Authority (PTA), said: “It is a moment that marks a historical national turning point in the Kingdom’s modern transportation.”

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8 Oct 2018

Makkah governor opens Hajj workshop

JEDDAH: Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, who is also the chairman of the Central Hajj Committee, inaugurated the Hajj workshop on Monday. The aim of the workshop is to prepare for the next Hajj season. Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Mohammed Bentin, Undersecretary for Makkah region Hisham bin Abdulrahman Al-Faleh and a number of directors of government and private sector

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