10,000 employees to serve visitors to Masjid al-Haram in Ramadan

10,000 employees to serve visitors to Masjid al-Haram in Ramadan

Makkah: The Presidency of the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques has completed all preparations to provide the Umrah pilgrims with consummate services at the Grand Mosque – Masjid al-Haram – during Ramadan, the head of the presidency Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais has said. “More than 10,000 employees will be deployed to provide the pilgrims and […]

‘Security forces fully prepared for Ramadan Umrah season’

‘Security forces fully prepared for Ramadan Umrah season’

Makkah: Saudi Arabia’s security forces have completed their preparations for Umrah season, as part of their efforts to provide the best possible services to pilgrims during Ramadan, allowing them to perform their rituals safely and with ease. Maj. Gen. Saeed Al-Qarni, commander of Umrah security forces, confirmed the readiness of the security services to implement […]

Terrorism, extremism common concerns: Saudi crown prince after talks with Modi

Terrorism, extremism common concerns: Saudi crown prince after talks with Modi

New Delhi: Terrorism and extremism are “common concerns” and Saudi Arabia will extend all cooperation to India and other neighbouring countries to deal with them, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman said on Wednesday after holding “extensive and successful” talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The talks took place a day after the influential Arab […]

Saudi Arabia vows to try to ‘de-escalate tensions’ between India and Pakistan

Saudi Arabia vows to try to ‘de-escalate tensions’ between India and Pakistan

Islamabad: Saudi Arabia on Monday vowed to try to “de-escalate tensions between India and Pakistan in the wake of the deadly attack in Pulwama, as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is arriving New Delhi from Islamabad. Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir met Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday. Officials […]

Experts, images suggest a Saudi ballistic missile program

Experts, images suggest a Saudi ballistic missile program

Dubai: A military base deep inside Saudi Arabia appears to be testing and possibly manufacturing ballistic missiles, experts and satellite images suggest, evidence of the type of weapons program it has long criticized its archrival Iran for possessing. Further raising the stakes for any such program are comments by Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed […]

Saudi Arabia adds Braille Qur’ans to help pilgrims

Saudi Arabia adds Braille Qur’ans to help pilgrims

RIYADH: Sign language, Braille Qur’ans and electric wheelchairs are some of the new features in Makkah and Madinah to help pilgrims with disabilities to execute the religious rites of Hajj and Umrah. An official at the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques described those with disabilities as “highly motivated people with […]

The Pity of War

The Pity of War

Around eighty five thousand children have died of starvation in the ongoing conflict in Yemen. The conflict in the nature of a tribal one overlaid by the geopolitical ambitions of Iran and Saudi Arabia grinds on as the international community watches as a mute spectator and the states that have an axe to grind in […]

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