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Saudi Arabia to open Umrah for vaccinated foreign worshippers from August 9

Saudi Arabia says it will begin receiving Umrah pilgrimage requests from vaccinated foreign worshippers starting on August 9. The announcement on state media early on Sunday came about 18 months after the kingdom closed its borders to foreign pilgrims due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Saudi Press Agency said authorities in the ministry that coordinates […]

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Man attempting to swim from Malaysia to Saudi Arabia’s Mecca arrested, placed in psychiatric ward

A 28-year-old man has been placed in a psychiatric ward after being rescued at sea, in what was his second swimming attempt to reach Mecca in two weeks. Malaysian authorities rescued the man after he was found floating at sea after reportedly attempting to swim from the northern island of Penang to the Muslim holy […]

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Saudi Arabia limits Hajj to 60,000 vaccinated residents, bans foreign pilgrims fearing Covid-19

Saudi Arabia barred foreign pilgrims for the holy pilgrimage Hajj and restricted the maximum attendance to 60,000 residents in response to the coronavirus pandemic. “Those wishing to perform the hajj must be free of chronic diseases and be vaccinated” and between the ages of 18 and 65, the ministry said in a statement on Saturday. […]

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Viral picture of Hajj pilgrimage amid novel coronavirus pandemic

The novel coronavirus has impacted tens of thousands of pilgrims who visit the holy city of Hajj each year in Saudi Arabia. Its estimated that close to two and a half million people visit Mecca and Medina annually. However, this year the number has been reduced to a mere 10,000. A viral photograph shows pilgrims maintaining social […]

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Saudi government orders arrest of female rapper from Mecca

Saudi officials have ordered the arrest of a female rapper who appeared in a music video for her song Bint Mecca, or Girl from Mecca, stating that it is offensive to the customs and traditions of the holy city. In the video, a Saudi woman identified as Ayasel Slay raps about her pride in being […]