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​Saudi King, Crown Prince express sorrow over Kerala flood

​Saudi King, Crown Prince express sorrow over Kerala flood

Jeddah: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has sent a cable of condolences to President Ram Nath Kovind of India, expressing his deep sorrow over the death of several people in the floods that has devastated the southern Indian state of Kerala. “We came to know about the floods in Kerala that resulted […]

​Saudi Arabia launches Hajj hotline

​Saudi Arabia launches Hajj hotline

Makkah: The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has allocated a hotline to serve pilgrims round the clock. The ministry said that calls would be received on hotline 8003404444 from Saudi Arabia and abroad dealing with queries, complains or remarks. “The step is part of efforts to measure the extent of people’s satisfaction with the […]

Over 15 lakh pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj

Over 15 lakh pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj

Jeddah: The number of Hajj pilgrims coming from outside Saudi Arabia since the beginning of the Hajj season until the end of Tuesday reached 1,570,054 pilgrims. According to the statistics issued by the General Directorate of Passports, this represents a decrease of 15,183 or about 1 percent, compared to the number of pilgrim arrivals during […]

Denmark mulls adding jail terms to face veil ban

Denmark mulls adding jail terms to face veil ban

Copenhagen: Denmark has been discussing adding jail terms to a controversial ban on the wearing of face veils in public that came into force on August 1. Rachid Nekkaz, a French business executive of Algerian origin, has launched a fund against the burqa ban, which he called “illegal,” and has paid fines of over 500 […]

Denmark starts slapping fines for violating face veil ban

Denmark starts slapping fines for violating face veil ban

Copenhagen: A 28-year-old woman wearing a face veil has become the first person in Denmark to be penalized for violating a new law banning such garments in public places. Danish news agency Ritzau reported that police were called on Friday to a shopping center in Horsholm, a city of 46,000 close to Copenhagen, to confront […]

Saudi Arabia presents unique model in serving Hajj pilgrims: Saudi diplomat

Saudi Arabia presents unique model in serving Hajj pilgrims: Saudi diplomat

Cairo: Saudi Arabia, under the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has been harnessing all its capabilities to overcome difficulties facing Hajj pilgrims, Saudi Ambassador to Egypt Osama bin Ahmed Nugali, who is also the Kingdom’s Permanent Representative to the Arab League, has affirmed. In […]

​Hajj Hackathon enters Guinness World Records

​Hajj Hackathon enters Guinness World Records

Jeddah: Saudi Arabia entered the Guinness World Records — breaking the record with the largest number of participants in the world by recording 2,950 participants — at the Hajj Hackathon, that was held by the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. On behalf of organizers and participants in the […]

7,000 Saudi scouts gear up to serve Hajj pilgrims

7,000 Saudi scouts gear up to serve Hajj pilgrims

Jeddah: Saudi Arabia’s scout teams have completed their preparations to offer various services to the Hajj pilgrims. The areas of their services include receiving the pilgrims, guiding them, offering them support and participating in the tasks of pilgrims’ grouping and dispatching to the holy sites. To maintain a long history of scouting, full of work […]