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Makkah — an ever-expanding city from an architectural perspective

A review of contemporary Makkah’s urban development

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July 5, 2019

 

YouTuber Zaid Ali and wife Yumnah leave for Umrah

They call it their ‘special place’

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January 29, 2019

 

Saudi Arabia opens Makkah to Medina high-speed train

It targets 60 million passengers annually

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September 26, 2018

 

Son of Makkah Grand Mosque attacker becomes colonel in Saudi National Guards

Hathal was only one-year-old when his father attacked Makkah

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September 3, 2018

 

More than two million Muslims begin Hajj pilgrimage

More than two million Muslims from around the globe started the Hajj pilgrimage on Sunday in Saudi Arabia

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August 19, 2018

 

Pilgrims reach Makkah for ‘smart Hajj’

Two million Muslims gather in Saudi Arabia this week for the Hajj as the annual pilgrimage becomes increasingly hi-tech with apps to help the faithful navigate Islam’s holiest sites

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August 17, 2018

 

Frenchman commits suicide at Makkah’s Grand Mosque

A Frenchman has committed suicide by throwing himself off the roof of the Grand Mosque in Islam’s holiest city of Makkah, Saudi and French officials said Saturday. “A foreigner threw himself from the roof of the Grand Mosque in Makkah” to the courtyard below, “resulting in his instant death,” Saudi police told the official SPA…

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June 9, 2018

 

Saudi Arabia to launch investment firms for Mecca, Medina

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund on Monday announced plans to set up two investment companies to develop infrastructure in Mecca and Medina, Islam’s two holiest cities. The state-run PIF announced the creation of Rou’a Al-Haram and Rou’a Al-Madinah for Mecca and Medina respectively, where the annual number of visitors is expected to triple by…

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October 2, 2017

 

This heart touching video from Hajj is going viral

Video edited by: Haris Khan MAKKAH: A small boy ran around during the Hajj, sprinkling water on Saudi security men as a gesture of thanks for keeping the pilgrims cool. The video is going viral in Saudi Arabia, where during the annual Hajj pilgrimage, Saudi security men sprinkle water on pilgrims to keep them cool….

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September 7, 2017

 

Return of Hujjaj from September 6

LAHORE: The post-hajj operation will be started from September 6, as pre-hajj operation has been completed successfully. Talking to APP on Monday, a spokesman of the Hajj Directorate Lahore said that, as many as 21,000 pilgrims left from Lahore through government hajj scheme while another 15,600 pilgrims departed through private quota. He said that Pre-hajj…

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August 28, 2017

 

Hajj 2017: Two million pilgrims converge on Makkah

JEDDAH: Two million Muslims from across the globe are converging on Makkah in Saudi Arabia for the hajj pilgrimage, a religious duty and for some pilgrims the journey of a lifetime. This year sees the return of pilgrims from Shiite Iran, regional rival to Sunni powerhouse Saudi Arabia, and comes with the Gulf mired in…

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August 28, 2017

 

Despite huge promises, Pakistani pilgrims facing numerous difficulties in Makkah

NEWS DESK: Around 107,000 Pakistanis are currently in Saudi Arabia for the annual pilgrimage. Unfortunately, some of them are facing some serious issues despite the government’s promises regarding provision of facilities. Speaking to Samaa, the pilgrims performing Hajj under the government-sponsored scheme 2017 said they are facing a number of issues in Building No 110…

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August 23, 2017

 

Imam-e Kaaba visits Pakistani pilgrims in Makkah

RIYADH: Imam-e Kaaba Shaikh Faisal Al Ghazzawi visited Pakistani pilgrims at Batha Quresh in Makkah. During his visit, he elaborated Hajj rituals and their significance, reports said. In his oration on the occasion, he said we should perform Hajj rituals keeping in view the teachings of Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). The Imam-e-Kaaba…

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August 22, 2017

 

Fire breaks out in 15-storey Makkah hotel accommodating pilgrims

JEDDAH: Six hundred Turkish and Yemeni pilgrims survived a fire that broke out in a hotel in Makkah’s Al-Aziziyah neighborhood after they were evacuated by emergency response teams, Saudi state news agency SPA reported Monday. Official spokesperson for the General Directorate of Civil Defense in Makkah Maj Nayef Al-Sharif said, “Flames were coming from a…

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August 21, 2017

 

Hajj 2017: Pakistani pilgrims being provided nonstop transport facility

MAKKAH: Round the clock transport is being provided to Pakistani Hujjaj in Makkah for their movement between the Grand Mosque and places of their accommodation. Talking to Radio Pakistan’s correspondent Zahid Hameed, Chief Coordinator Transport Ziaur Rehman said that bus stops have been made close to the buildings keeping in view the convenience of the…

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August 21, 2017

 

Hajj 2017: Over 128,000 Pakistani pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia

MAKKAH: Over one hundred twenty-eight thousand five hundred Pakistani Hajj pilgrims have arrived in Saudi Arabia under the government and private Hajj schemes. Our correspondent Zahid Hameed reports from Makkah that these include eighty-four thousand seven hundred ninety-nine under government and forty-three thousand seven hundred thirty-two under private Hajj scheme. The flight operation will continue…

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August 21, 2017

 

Major terror attack foiled in Mecca

 Saudi Arabian police foiled on Friday a “terrorist action” against Islam’s holiest site, where millions of faithful from around the world have gathered, the state Al-Ekhbaria news channel said. Citing the Ministry of the Interior, it said 11 people were injured in the collapse of a three-storey building where a suicide bomber had barricade himself…

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June 24, 2017

 

World’s most expensive footballer Paul Pogba performs Umrah

MAKKAH: Paul Pogba marked the start of Ramadan with a visit to Islam’s holiest city Makkah on Sunday. He called it the ‘most beautiful thing’ he had ever seen. In an instagram post, Pogba, wearing the white cloth of Muslims performing Umrah, shared a video and an image of himself in Mecca. World famous footballer,…

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May 29, 2017

 

Saudi court dismisses Makkah death crane case: report

RIYADH: A Saudi court on Thursday dismissed charges against 13 accused over a crane collapse that killed dozens at Islam’s holiest site, a newspaper reported on its website. The prosecution objected to the ruling and asked to appeal, said the Okaz daily, which has closely followed the case. The accused included at least one Saudi…

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January 26, 2017

 

Senate condemns launching of ballistic missile toward Makkah

ISLAMABAD: The Senate Tuesday adopted a resolution strongly condemning the launching of a ballistic missile towards Makkah Al-Mukarramah on October 27, which fortunately was intercepted by air defence forces of the Saudi Kingdom and destroyed. The resolution was moved by the Leader of the House in Senate Raja Zafar ul Haq which was passed by…

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November 22, 2016

 

OIC agrees to refer Houthi attack on Makkah to UN

Foreign ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Member States have agreed to refer the case of Houthis’ attack against holy sites in Makkah to the United Nations, Saudi media reported. During an emergency meeting held in Makkah, fifty-one representatives of Islamic states have decided to address a letter to the United Nations on…

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November 18, 2016

 
 
 
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