7Nov2011:- President Obama congratulates all Muslims on Eid Al-Adha

Washington, Dhu-AlHijjah 11, 1432, Nov 7, 2011, SPA – U.S. President Barack Obama congratulated Muslims all over the world on the blessed Eid Al-Adha.
President Obama said in a statement issued by the White House on Sunday, ‘My Wife Michelle and I extend our greetings for a happy Eid al-Adha to Muslims worldwide and congratulate those performing Hajj. Thousands of Muslim Americans are among those who have joined one of the world’s largest and most diverse gatherings in making the pilgrimage to Makkah and nearby sites’.
‘As Muslims celebrate this Eid, they will also commemorate Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son by distributing food to those less fortunate around the world. They join the United States and the international community in relief efforts to assist those struggling to survive in the Horn of Africa and those recovering from the devastating earthquake in Turkey’.
‘The Eid and Hajj rituals are a reminder of the shared roots of the world’s Abrahamic faiths and the powerful role that faith plays in motivating communities to serve and stand with those in need. On behalf of the American people, we extend our best wishes during this Hajj season. Eid Mubarak and Hajj Mabrour.?
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7Nov2011:- First day of Al-Tashreeq

Mina, Dhu-AlHijjah 11, 1432, Nov 7, 2011, SPA – Pilgrims of this year’s Hajj continue to spend the first day of Al-Tashreeq days, which is also the second day of Eid Al-Adha in the Holy city of Mina. The pilgrims also continued to wholeheartedly thank Allah Almighty for blessing their Hajj.
On this day, the pilgrims will continue to pelt pebbles, starting from ‘Al-Sughrah’ (Small) Jamarat, proceeding to ‘Al-Wusta’ (Middle) Jamarat and finally to ‘Al-Aqaba’ (Grand) Jamarat. On Sunday, they pelted pebbles only at ‘Al-Aqaba’ Jamarat.
The Saudi Press Agency continues to monitor the smooth movement of the pilgrims in the wide-spread facility of Jamarat project, which the pilgrims started yesterday. On completion of this gigantic project, with supportive pedestrian bridges and fine facility of Mashaer train, it has been transformed into a large-scale cultural facility in the holy sites along with the surrounding camps of pilgrims – thanks to the attention and care of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz for the pilgrims to assist them in performing their Hajj rituals in ease and comfort.
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9Nov2011:- Senior Scholars Council congratulates leadership on successful Hajj

Makkah, Dhu-AlHijjah 13, 1432
The General Secretariat of Senior Scholars Council congratulated the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Crown Prince and all officials in charge of providing services to pilgrims on the occasion of the great success of this year’s Hajj season.
The Council’s Secretary General, Sheikh Dr. Fahd bin Saad Al-Majed said in a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), that the King’s era has been witnessing gigantic achievements in the Holy Sites, notably Jamarat (Throwing Pebbles) Facility Project; Mashaer Train; the development of transportation and communications; as well as the greatest expansion in the history of the Holy Mosque of Makkah.
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3Nov2011:- All preparations for Hajj completed

All preparations for this year’s Hajj have now been completed. All government departments and agencies have been inspected and are ready. “Many of the 2.5 million pilgrims, who are expected to perform Haj this year, will leave for the Mina valley, located five km east of Makkah, on Thursday evening at the start of the annual pilgrimage. The rest of them will proceed to the tent city Friday. Saudi Arabia has completed all preparations for the largest Muslim gathering by mobilizing all its resources to ensure the welfare and security of pilgrims. Crown Prince Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior, inspected the Haj arrangements on Tuesday.”
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9Nov2011:- GCC health officials send congratulations on successful Hajj

Riyadh, Dhu-AlHijjah 13, 1432
The Director General of the Executive Office of the Council of Health Ministers of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Professor Tawfiq bin Ahmed Khoja, congratulated the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Crown Prince on the great success of this year’s Hajj season in enabling pilgrims to perform their Hajj rituals easily and comfortably.
In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Professor Khoja commended great and distinguished efforts made by all sectors concerned with Hajj affairs in providing the best services and facilities to pilgrims, also praising the Plan of the Ministry of Health during this year Hajj season.
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8Nov2011:- Crown Prince Naif receives Malaysian Prime Minister

Makkah, Dhu-AlHijjah 12, 1432
Crown Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier, Minister of Interior and Chairman of Hajj Supreme Committee, received at the headquarters of the Ministry of Interior in Makkah today Prime Minister Mohamed Najib bin Abdul Razak of Malaysia.
At the outset of the meeting, the Prime Minister congratulated the Crown Prince on the success of Hajj season of this year, and praised the Kingdom’s efforts in providing the pilgrims with services.
The Crown Prince thanked the Prime Minister for his noble feelings.
During the meeting, they exchanged cordial talks and reviewed issues of common interest.
The meeting was attended by a number of princes and officials.
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8Nov2011:- Pilgrims return to the Holy City of Makkah

Mina, Dhu-AlHijjah 12, 1432
Pilgrims are heading for Makkah coming from Mina after performing the fifth pillar of Islam (Hajj) amid integrated services and care provided by public and private agencies under the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Crown Prince.
All public sectors concerned with Hajj and pilgrim affairs have mobilized their potential to provide comprehensive care for the pilgrims in Makkah after returning from Mina.
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9Nov2011:- Pilgrims perform Farewell Circumambulation

Holy City of Makkah, Dhu-AlHijjah 13, 1432
Pilgrims are performing their final rituals of Hajj at the Holy Mosque of Makkah including Farewell and Ifadhah (Coming Down from Arafat) Circumambulation and Sa’ie (Quick Paces) amid the best integrated services provided to them by the Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Crown Prince.
The General Presidency of the Affairs of the Holy Mosque of Makkah and Prophet’s Mosque have recruited 6,000 employees at the Holy Mosque of Makkah to guide pilgrims and organize their entry and exit from the Mosque.
On its part, Civil Defense Directorate provides emergency medical services through 1000 medics at the Holy Mosque of Makkah.
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11Nov2011:- Madinah Hajj Exhibition to receive pilgrims from tomorrow

Holy City of Madinah, Dhu-AlHijjah 15, 1432
In implementation of the directives and under the supervision of Prince Abdulaziz bin Majed bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Madinah region and Chairman of Hajj Committee in the region, the Exhibition of Management of Partnership in Hajj Operations ‘Bunyan’ will start tomorrow receiving pilgrims and visitors of the Prophet’s Mosque in its second version for this year’s Hajj season.
The 15-day Exhibition will be organized by the Governorate of Madinah and with the participation of more than 40 public and private bodies.
The Secretary of Hajj Committee in Madinah, Mohammed bin Mustafa Al-Numan noted that as many as 198,651 visitors toured the first version of the Exhibition before the start of this year’s Hajj season.
He pointed out that the Exhibition aims to highlight the great efforts of the Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in the service of pilgrims and visitors of the Prophet’s Mosque during Hajj season.
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11Nov2011:- Guests of the King visit Holy City of Madinah

Holy City of Makkah, Dhu-AlHijjah 15, 1432
The General Secretariat of Muslim World League organized for the pilgrim-guests of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, a two-day visit to Madinah where they performed prayers at the Prophet’s Mosque.
The pilgrim-guests expressed their thanks to and appreciation of the Government of the King and the Crown Prince for hosting them to perform Hajj rituals, wishing the Kingdom and its people ever-lasting security and safety under the Saudi wise leadership.
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10Nov2011:- Second phase of Haramain Railway approved

The Saudi Arabian government has given its approval for the signing of contract for the second phase of the high-speed Haramain Railway Project. “The project is a 444-kilometer high-speed inter-city rail transport system linking the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah via Rabigh and King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, a key entry point for millions of pilgrims.”
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10Nov2011:- Ministry of Hajj to hold annual ceremony for Heads of Hajj Missions

Jeddah, Dhu-AlHijjah 14, 1432
The Ministry of Hajj will hold here on Friday its annual ceremony in honor of the heads and members of Hajj missions for the year 1432AH in the presence of Minister of Hajj Dr. Fuad bin Abdulsalam Al-Farsi.
During the ceremony, The Prize of the Best Journalistic Work in Hajj for the year 1431AH will be awarded.
On their part, the Ministry’s pilgrim-guests have expressed their thanks to and appreciation of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Crown Prince for the best services and facilities provided to pilgrims in this year’s Hajj season.
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10Nov2011:- Sale of coupons for meat sacrifices close to one million

Jeddah, Dhu-AlHijjah 14, 1432
The Project of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the Benefit of Sacrificial Meat has sold to pilgrims coupons for nearly one million sheep and 2,430 camels and cows.
In a press statement, Dr. Ahmed Mohammed Ali, the President of Islamic Development Bank Group, which supervises the Project, pointed out that as many as 150,000 heads of sacrificial meat of sheep and 433 heads of sacrificial meat of camels and cows have so far been distributed to pilgrims in Mina and the poor people at the Holy Mosque of Makkah, noting that frozen sacrificial meat will be sent to 27 countries during the next weeks.
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10Nov2011:- High health standards in the Holy Places throughout Hajj

Holy City of Makkah, Dhu-AlHijjah 14, 1432
The Governorate of Makkah has applied the highest standards in public health and environmental protection to all shops and kitchens catering meals for pilgrims before the start of this year’s Hajj season.
The Deputy Mayor of Makkah for Services, Eng. Abdul-Salam Mashat, said that no cases of poisoning or others have been recorded among pilgrims during the Hajj season.
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9Nov2011:- Kharj pilgrim city starts services for GCC pilgrims

Kharj, Dhu-AlHijjah 13, 1432
Pilgrims City in Kharj has started the works of its second stage through provision of its distinguished services to pilgrims of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) returning home after performing their Hajj rituals easily and comfortably.
The City has a health center, security and civil defense centers, and a religious awareness camp to distribute copies of the Holy Quran to pilgrims as well as religious books and tapes.
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30Oct2011:- Prince Naif’s appointment well received

Many political commentators and analysts have expressed the view that Prince Naif’s appointment as Crown Prince and heir to the Saudi throne is a wise choice and well-deserved after his long and distinguished career.
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30Oct2011:- More guests of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques arrive

Makkah, Dhu-AlHijjah 3, 1432
The second and third batches of the guest-pilgrims of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, arrived today to perform this year’s Hajj. The batches comprised of Muslims from Senegal, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan.
The guest-pilgrims were received by the program’s Executive Director Sheikh Abdullah bin Mudlij Almudalij, and heads of the committees working in the program.
Almudalij welcomed the guests and wished them a pleasant stay.
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30Oct2011:- Scout to help pilgrims

RIYADH, Dhu-AlHijjah 3, 1432
A total of 1,600 boy scouts will be deployed at air, road and border entry points to help pilgrims during this year’s Hajj.
The scouts are from 11 education administrations – Tabuk, Jeddah, Jizan, Taif, Al-Gurayyat, Al-Qassim, Al-Jouf, Northern Frontier Region, Al-Majmaah, Al-Kharj and Al-Quwaiyiah.
Dr. Abdul Rahman Al-Barrak, Undersecretary at the Ministry of Education, said the assistance has been ordered by Prince Faisal Bin Abdullah Bin Mohammad Al Saud, Minister of Education, who also serves as the Chairman of the Saudi Arabian Boy Scouts Association (SABSA).
Al-Barrak said the minister wants to instill a love of volunteerism, helping others and social and national responsibility in the country’s young people.
The scouts will receive pilgrims, set up rest camps and provide hot beverages, dates and long-lasting meals. They will also prepare separate places for women and men who arrive late at night.
They will register the number of passengers arriving by bus in cooperation with the Passports Department at the border post.
They will also guide pilgrims to special areas to complete their entry procedures and take them to health centers for vaccinations and treatment if necessary, according to a report of Okaz Arabic newspaper, published today by Saudi Gazette.
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29Oct2011:- Chief of Allegiance-Pledge Commission congratulates all Muslims on start of Hajj

Riyadh, Dhu-AlHijjah 2, 1432
Prince Mishaal bin Abdulaziz, Chief of Allegiance-Pledge Commission, has said that the death of Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz was a great loss to everyone and thanked all those who had expressed their condolences to him on the death of Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz.
He also congratulated all Muslims on the beginning of the holy month of pilgrimage and said, ‘Thank Allah Almighty who honored us with the service of the Two Holy Mosques and their visitors. Our beloved country’s constitution and regulations are based on Islamic Shari’a, including regulations for the pledge of allegiance.’
He added, ‘We would like to stress to all that the royal family, thanks to Allah Almighty, is coherent and unified under the banner of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud … who is credited with the blessings of Allah Almighty to establish this commission. We all extend support and loyalty to him. This distinguishes our dear country from others. This also provides the flexible and smooth occupancy of positions of power we have. This is what was seen by all, praise be to Allah. We offer our best wishes to brother Naif bin Abdulaziz for success and guidance in his new tasks. We ask the Almighty Allah to protect and extend the life of our leader and father the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and perpetuate the security, stability and prosperity in our beloved country.’
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28Oct2011:- Toll free number for assistance of pilgrims

Riyadh, Dhu-AlHijjah 1, 1432
Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has allocated a toll-free phone number for pilgrims seeking assistance during Hajj, Umrah (minor Hajj), and visit to Muslims most sacred places in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, it was reported here today.
Sheikh Talal Al-Aqeel, Advisor to the Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance said the duty-free phone number 800 248 8888 was allocated to provide answers in eight international languages to those seeking assistance to perform the rituals successfully. The newly-operated telephone service successfully receives 90 calls at one time, he said.
He added that another number 800 245 1000 was allocated for free calls seeking services. It was designed to receive 300 calls simultaneously, he concluded.
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28Oct2011:- Palestininan President thanks King Abdullah for his great care

Ramallah, Dhu-AlHijjah 1, 1432
The President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen has thanked the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud for his great care for the Palestinian people and his continued stand by them.

President Abbas was reassured on the situation of Palestine pilgrims present in the Holy Land during a telephone conversation with the Minister of Awqaf and Religious Affairs, who is the Head of Mission of the Palestinian pilgrimage in Makkah, Dr. Mahmoud Habash.

Dr. Habash stressed to the Palestinian President that the Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques is cooperating fully with the mission of the Palestinian Hajj and is offering all facilities for Palestinian pilgrims to perform their rituals easily and conveniently.

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27Oct2011:- Arafat Day to fall on Saturday, 5th November, 2011.

Riyadh, Dhu-AlQa’dah 29, 1432
The Higher Court of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced this evening that Arafat Day, the peak of Hajj (pilgrimage) which is the ninth day of the lunar month of Zul-Hijja, this year falls on Saturday, November 5, 2011.
In a meeting, led by Senior Judge Dr. Saleh bin Abdulrahman Al-Mohaimeed, the 8-member Court announced that tomorrow Friday corresponding to the 28th of October 2011 is the first day of Zul-Hijja 1432 H., Saturday November 5, 2011 is Hajj Day for this year 1432 H. (corresponding to the ninth day of Zul-Hijja) and that Sunday, November 6, 2011 corresponding to the tenth of Zul-Hijja is the day of Eid Al-Adh-ha (Greater Bairam).
The court said it has based its judgement on reports from the Kingdom’s branch courts throughout the country which received confirmation of viewing the crescent of the new month of Zul-Hijja by adult authenticated witnesses at sunset today.
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27Oct2011:- King Abdullah orders hosting of martyr family for Hajj

Riyadh, Dhu-AlQa’dah 29, 1432
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has issued directives to host the family of Martyr Farman Ali Khan, Pakistani national, to perform Hajj this year as part of the King’s Guests Program, sponsored by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance.
In a statement, Mudlij Al-Mudlij, the Executive Manager of the program, recalled that the directive to host the family of Khan to perform Hajj this year comes in addition to another directive to grant King Abdulaziz Medal – class I to the Martyr, who rescued 14 persons from drowning in Jeddah floods two years ago, in recognition of his heroic deed which led him to drown to death in the same incident.
Al-Mudlej added that the program’s Administration has completed preparedness to receive all the King’s invitees to perform Hajj, make some get-acquainted visits to some developmental facilities in the Kingdom, including King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the holy Quran, Kaaba Kiswa (dress) Factory, Alharamain (two holy mosques) Exhibition,
and hold a number of meetings with prominent religious figures in the Kingdom.
The King’s Program hosts as many as 1400 pilgrims from different countries this year.
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27Oct2011:- Minister of Hajj meets Iranian Haj Mission

Jeddah, Dhu-AlQa’dah 29, 1432
Minister of Hajj Dr. Fouad bin Abdulsalam Al-Farsy met here today with Iranian Hajj Mission led by Ali Layali, the Head of Iranian Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization.
During the meeting, they reviewed issues pertaining to the pilgrims of Iran.
The Iranian official offered condolences on the death of Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, praising the efforts exerted by the late Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz to serve the pilgrims.
Layali hailed the projects constructed by the Saudi government in Makkah, Madinah and the holy places that will serve the pilgrims and ensure their comfort. He also expressed thanks for the warm welcome given to Iranian pilgrims since their arrival in the Kingdom to perform Hajj rituals of this year.
The meeting was attended by a number of officials.
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31Oct2011:- Hajj Grand Symposium starts tomorrow

Makkah, Dhu-AlHijjah 4, 1432
The Minister of Hajj, Dr. Fouad bin Abdulsalam Al-Farsy will inaugurate here tomorrow the Annual Hajj Grand Symposium entitled ‘Hajj Caravans in Islamic Heritage, Lessons and Examples’,organized by the Ministry of Hajj.
The Symposium will be attended by the Grand Mufti of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, President of Senior Scholars Council and General Presidency of Scholarly Research and Ifta, Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al Al-Sheikh.
An elite of scholars and thinkers from the Islamic world will take part in the Symposium aiming to shed light on the roles of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in facilitating Hajj matters and its continuing efforts to achieve security and safety of pilgrims.
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1Nov2011:- BBC reviews Hajj facilities for pilgrims

Riyadh, Dhu-AlHijjah 5, 1432
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Reviewed in a report aired yesterday the facilities provided by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to pilgrims.

It said that the kingdom works annually to remove any difficulty faced by pilgrims and that Hajj has become greatly easier than it was in the past.

A report by Ahmad Maher of the BBC in Makkah highlighted the most important facilities provided by the Kingdom to the pilgrims this year.

The BBC considered the train of almashaer (holy places) as one of the most significant facilities for pilgrims.

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1Nov2011:- Crown Prince to inspect all governmental preparations for Hajj

Holy City of Makkah, Dhu-AlHijjah 4, 1432
Tomrrow Crown Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz, the Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior and Chairman of Hajj Supreme Committee, will inspect preparations by all sectors and government military and civilian agencies at the holy sites to ensure readiness for the Hajj season of this year to provide the best and finest services to pilgrims.
The Crown Prince will review plans for the Hajj season of this year. He will also inspect the major development projects that have been implemented this year at the holy sites to serve the pilgrims including the ‘Mashaer’ (Holy Sites) train, which will operate this year at full capacity of transporting 410,000 pilgrims.
He will also watch the parade by the security forces participating in Hajj and will hear a detailed explanation of the tasks that they perform.
At the end of the tour, he will hold a press conference that will be attended by various international media organs.
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31Oct2011:- Malaysian Prime Minister arrives in Holy City of Madinah

Madinah, Dhu-AlHijjah 4, 1432
Malaysian Prime Minister Mohamed Najib bin Abdul Razak arrived here today to perform Hajj rituals.
At Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz International Airport, the Malaysian Prime Minister was received by Undersecretary of Madinah Region Principality Suleiman bin Mohammed Al-Jurayysh and a number of civil officials and military officers.
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31Oct2011:- President of Comoros and Sudan’s Vice President arrive to parform Hajj

Madinah, Dhu-AlHijjah 4, 1432, Oct 31, 2011, SPA — President Ikililou Dhoinine of Comoros and Vice President Ali Othman Mohammed Taha of Sudan arrived here today to perform Hajj rituals.
At Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz International Airport, they were received by the Undersecretary of Madinah Region Principality Suleiman bin Mohammed Al-Jurayysh and a number of civil officials and military officers.
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31Oct2011:- Tunisian Hajj Mission sets out for Saudi Arabia

Tunis, Dhu-AlHijjah 4, 1432
Tunisian Hajj Mission, headed by Minister of Religious Affairs Laroussi Almizory, and the last batch comprising of 262 pilgrims, left here today for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
At Tunis International Airport, they were seen off by Saudi Ambassador to Tunisia Khalid bin Musaed Al-Anqari.
In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Almizory commended the efforts of the Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in the service of pilgrims and its keenness on providing the best services and facilities for them to perform their rituals easily and comfortably.
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2Nov2011:- Stamp to mark Grand Mosque expansion

Mina, Dhu-AlHijjah 6, 1432
Saudi Post has released a commemorative stamp for this year’s Hajj 1432 H carrying pictures of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques project to expand the Grand Mosque.

The stamp comes in line with the size of the large expansion project which is the largest in the history of the mosque which will implemented in three phases at a cost of up to 40 billion riyals as the mosque will accommodate about two million worshipers.

The postage stamps issued by the Saudi Post are printed in the Government’s Security Press.

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2Nov2011:- Guests of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques arrive in Makkah

Mina, Saudi Arabia, Dhu-AlHijjah 6, 1432, Nov 2, 2011, SPA — A batch of 525 pilgrims representing 43 countries from all over the world arrived in Makkah until yesterday Tuesday within the program of hosting the guests of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to perform Hajj rituals at his own expense.

The Executive Director of the program of hosting the guests of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Sheikh Abdullah Ibn Mudlij Almudallj said that those who arrived representing the 4th, 5th and 6th batches and they are from countries of Uzbekistan, Jordan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Vietnam, Mongolia, Taiwan, Laos, new Guinea, Somalia, Angola, Togo, Gabon, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Mauritius, Sudan, and Reunion, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Namibia, South Africa, Djibouti, Congo Brazzaville, Mozambique, Congo Kinshasa, Malawi , Nigeria, Ethiopia, Central Africa, Seychelles, Egypt, and the United States of America.
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1Nov2011:- Crown Prince holds Annual Hajj Press Conference

Arafat, outskirts of Makkah, Dhu-AlHijjah 5, 1432
Crown Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, who is also Chairman of Hajj Supreme Committee, considered the service of pilgrims, Umrah performers and visitors to the two holy mosques and sacred places in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia a great honor to the Kingdom’s leadership and people.
Holding the Hajj annual press conference following today’s inspection tour of the Hajj-related bodies, the Chairman of Hajj Supreme Committee confirmed that Hajj host country is fully prepared to receive pilgrims and assured it is going to be a comfortable easy journey for them.
This goal will be secured for two considerations: First: our trust in God Almighty on one hand and in pilgrims on the other and Secondly: because we have put all the Kingdom’s capabilities at the disposal of this great event, he said.
Answering a question on Riyadh stance towards new revolutionary leaders in some Arab countries and whether Riyadh is well guarded against the revolutionary tide sweeping the region, the Crown Prince said that what have taken place in some sisterly Arab countries are internal affairs. Meanwhile it was apparent that the people and leadership of the Kingdom are tightly interconnected in a way that reflects the reciprocal trust displayed by each of them towards the other, he said. The fact that Saudi Arabia is stable was echoed by the world media which have visited the Kingdom. Praise to Allah, the Crown Prince said, that we live in tranquility and within political, social and economic stability in every domain.
Answering a question on whether the political changes taking place in the Arab arena might have negative impact on this year’s Hajj, the Crown Prince reiterated the Kingdom’s great confidence in pilgrims and their faith and discern that they are here to perform a holy rite, thus they should ignore such things, expecting this year Hajj to be problem and chaos free, he remarked.
He confirmed that the Kingdom is ready to deal peacefully with any circumstance that might arise during Hajj. However, it will be also ready to act accordingly.
In response to a question, the Crown Prince said that Saudi Arabia and Iran don’t need to conclude understanding agreements as regards Hajj this year. He stated that Iranians do always emphasize their respect to Hajj, preferring to have good faith in them. Following every Hajj season, the Kingdom receives gratitude and appreciation letters from Hajj-related Iranian officials, the Crown Prince disclosed.
Asked about an expected role the Kingdom might play in the region following the revolutions that took place in some of Arab nations, the Crown Prince stressed the Kingdom’s endeavor to maintain Arab solidarity, as that is a pillar of its foreign policy which it doesn’t intend to abandon.
Prince Naif refuted reports that the Saudi treasury benefits from Hajj revenues, confirming that ‘not even a penny was levied by the Saudi treasury’.
Without mentioning figures, our country pours plenty of money, to improve the infrastructure of Hajj with the aim to facilitate the ritual for Muslims coming for Hajj, minor Hajj (Umrah) or visit to the Prophet’s mosque, he said, citing the revenues of Al-Mashaer (sacred places on the outskirts of Makkah) train are used on the maintenance of the train.
The Crown Prince rejected the comparison between the organization of the world soccer cup finals and Hajj, stating that organizers of such international football events will have each a grace of more than two years while Hajj is a yearly event.
Asked about what kind of penalties awaiting Hajj instruction violators, the Minister of Interior said he would not think about it as everybody is now either coming to worship or to provide service to worshippers. However, whoever dares to breach this sacred ritual, should expect the punishment stated in our constitution: the holy Quran and Prophet’s Sunnah (sayings and deeds), he added.
He confirmed that development projects in the sacred places will continue since Hajj is there.
In response to a question on the extent of influence of political developments in neighboring Yemen on the border between the two countries, Crown Prince said ‘what happens in Yemen is an internal affair’, hoping that the southern neighbor would soon enjoy stability again and that the Kingdom would not be harmed from the side of Yemen.
To this effect, he said border arrangements are enforced in all Saudi borders with its neighbors without exception.
He thanked whoever offered condolence on the death of Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, describing the event as a great loss to the Kingdom.
Highlighting the contributions of the new projects taking place in the holy sites, both in Makkah and Madinah, in order to make it easier for pilgrims to move and be commuted, the Crown Prince reaffirmed that these projects are but a part of a greater plan to change the face of Makkah with the aim of making it more easier to access the Grand Mosque of Makkah. He assured that budgets to do that are already earmarked.
The Crown Prince stated that security is above everything and none is to be treated exceptionally, when it comes to maintain order. Media men, hence, should not expect to be treated differently, he added.
Responding to Media men inquiries, the Crown Prince asked them to be sincere in their news coverage and pursue facts.

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1Nov2011:- Crown Prince inspects Hajj-related services

Holy city of Makkah, Dhu-AlHijjah 5, 1432
Crown Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, who is also the Chairman of Hajj Supreme Committee, inspected here today the preparedness of Hajj-related bodies which take part in carrying out the plan of this year’s Hajj.
The Crown Prince was reassured of the readiness of all these bodies to deliver the best of efforts to accommodate pilgrims’ needs, in order that they may perform their rituals smoothly and at ease, in line with directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
Upon arrival to the venue at Makkah-Taif highway, the Prince was received by Prince Khalid Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz, the Governor of Makkah Region, who is also the Chairman of Hajj Central Committee, Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Assistant Minister of Interior for Security Affairs, and a number of civil officials and military officers.

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3Nov2011:- Pilgrim guests thank the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques

Mina, Saudi Arabia, Dhu-AlHijjah 7, 1432, Nov 3, 2011, SPA — A number of pilgrims who are guests of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud thanked the Saudi government for enabling them to perform the rituals of Hajj.

In statements to Saudi Press Agency, the guests said that their performance of Hajj was made possible by the noble gesture of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques through the hosting program for performing the rituals of Hajj which is a great Islamic action aiming at gathering many Muslims of different nationalities in one place to perform the Hajj at the expense of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.

The guests said that the program achieved their dream of performing Hajj.

Those who spoke in praise of the program included guests from Sri Lanka, and Turkey.

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2Nov2011:- Al Mashaer train to start operation at midnight

Mina, Outskirts of Makkah, Dhu-AlHijjah 6, 1432
Al-Mashaer Train, connecting Hajj different holy sites, is set to make its debut at midnight, with its full capacity to commute 73,000 passenger per hour.
The train will shuttle between Mina, Arafat via Muzdalifah to commute 500,000 passenger in six hours in addition to commute 1 million pilgrims during three-day Tashreeq ritual that falls immediately after Eid.
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2Nov2011:- Minister of Hajj receives Head of Palstinian Hajj Mission

Jeddah, Dhu-AlHijjah 6, 1432
Minister of Hajj Dr. Fouad bin Abdulsalam Al-Farsi received at his office here today Minister of Awqaf and head of the Hajj mission of Palestine Dr. Mahmoud Al-Habash.

During the meeting, they discussed issues concerning the organization of the affairs of Palestinian pilgrims coming to perform Hajj rituals for this year 1432 AH (2011 AD).

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2Nov2011:- Minister of Hajj meets head of Egypt’s Hajj Mission

Jeddah, Dhu-AlHijjah 6, 1432
Minister of Hajj Dr. Fouad bin Abdulsalam Al-Farsi Met in his office here today with the Minister of Awqaf and head of the Egyptian Hajj mission Dr. Mohamed Abdel Fadil Elkoussy.

During the meeting, they discussed topics of interest concerning the affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt’s pilgrims for this year 1432 H.

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2Nov2011:- Burkina Faso Mission praises pilgrim services

Holy City of Makkah, Dhu-AlHijjah 6, 1432
Head of Burkina Faso pilgrims mission Boukmba Ibrahim has hailed the distinguished services provided by the Kingdom to the pilgrims to keep pace with continuous development in all areas.

In a statement, he said that this reflects the ability of the Saudi authorities to respond to any emergency developments with the arrival of millions of Muslims each year who need care, services, and security as well as healthy, social and humanitarian standards.

He commended the efforts exerted by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to help the pilgrims perform their Hajj rituals amid safe, secure, and quiet conditions.

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2Nov2011:- Hosted pilgrims express their gratitude

Mina, Dhu-AlHijjah 6, 1432
A number of pilgrims who are guests of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud were unanimous in saying that the hosting program for performing the rituals of Hajj is a great Islamic action aiming at gathering many Muslims of different nationalities in one place to perform the Hajj at the expense of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.

The program achieved the dream of many to visit the House of God and circumambulate the Kaaba and visit the Mosque of the Messenger of God peace be upon him and pray in it.

Those who spoke in praise of the program included scholars from Pakistan, Kenya and South Korea.
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4Nov2011:- Pilgrims arrive in Mina

Mina, Dhu-AlHijjah 8, 1432
Pilgrims early today have begun arriving in Mina to spend the Watering (Altirwiyah) Day there.

Crown Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier, Minister of Interior and Chairman of the Supreme Hajj Committee, followed up the journey of the pilgrims from Makkah to Mina.

The journey was also followed up by Prince Khalid Al Faisal, Governor of Makkah Region and Chairman of the Central Hajj Committee, and all officials concerned with Hajj services.

The Saudi Press Agency’s mission at the holy sites watched the journey from Makkah to Mina which was characterized by ease despite the great numbers of pilgrims.
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4Nov2011:- South Korean Grand Mufti urges all pilgrims to show a good example

Mina, Outskirts of Makkah, Dhu-AlHijjah 7, 1432
The Grand Mufti of South Korean Muslims, Dr. Abdulwahab Zahid Haq, who is also the Founder of Abu Bakr Al-Sudiq Center in Korea, urged pilgrims coming from different countries to show a good example of their countries by reflecting the best image of their culture, stressing the importance of displaying noble Islamic ethics and enjoying valuable civic Islamic characteristics.
In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), he said that pilgrims are obliged to behave correctly in order to guarantee the safety, convenience and tranquility of all pilgrims. The S. Korean Grand Mufti implores pilgrims to know the preciously priceless holy sites of Islam, show reverence to sacred places and to betray setting bad precedents in saying as well as in doing.
Dr. Haq prayed to Allah to best reward the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, as he is among those who have been invited to perform Hajj at the expense of the Monarch.
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3Nov2011:- Minister of Hajj meets Head of Malaysian Hajj Mission

Jeddah, Dhu-AlHijjah 7, 1432
Minister of Hajj Dr. Fouad bin Abdulsalam Al-Farsy met at his office here today Minister of Religious Affairs and Head of Hajj Mission of Malaysia Dato Seri Jamil Khair bin Haji Behrom.

During the meeting, issues concerning the organization of the affairs of Malaysian pilgrims coming to perform this year’s Hajj were discussed.

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3Nov2011:- Minister of Hajj meets with Head of Tunisian Hajj Mission

Jeddah, Dhu-AlHijjah 7, 1432
Minister of Hajj Dr. Fouad bin Abdulsalam Al-Farsy met at his office here today Minister of Religious Affairs and Head of Hajj Mission of the Republic of Tunisia, Dr. Aroussi Mizouri.

During the meeting, issues concerning the organization of the affairs of Tunisian pilgrims coming to perform this year’s Hajj were discussed.

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5Nov2011:- Pilgrims settle on Arafat

Arafat, Dhu-AlHijjah 9, 1432
Masses of pilgrims settled down on the plain of Arafat after arriving there this morning of the ninth day of current Dhul-Hijjah.

Spending the day in Arafat is the major ritual of Hajj.

The traffic to transport the pilgrims from Mina to Arafat was smooth due to efforts exerted by the Saudi government.

The mission of the Saudi Press Agency in the holy sites followed up the process of transporting the pilgrims from Mina to Arafat, which was characterized by using the train of Almashaer which transported two hundred and seventy thousand pilgrims with ease despite the large numbers of buses and pedestrians.
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5Nov2011:- Crown Prince arrives in Holy City of Makkah

Mina, City, Dhu-AlHijjah 9, 1432
On behalf of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier, Minister of Interior and Chairman of the Higher Hajj Committee, arrived in Makkah yesterday evening to oversee the convenience of the pilgrims, attend the reception of heads of Hajj Islamic missions and the reception of the men of the armed forces of all sectors.

He was welcomed on arrival by Prince Ahmad bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Minister of Interior, Prince Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Assistant Interior Minister for Public Affairs, Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Assistant Interior Minister for Security Affairs, Prince Faisal bin Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, Prince Fahd bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Director of Public Security Gen. Saeed bin Abdullah Al-Qahtani, Director General of General Investigations Gen. Abdul-Aziz bin Mohammed Alhoireiny, Director General of Civil Defense Lt. Gen. Saad bin Abdullah Al-Tuwaijri, commander of Special Forces Lt. Gen. Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Omani, Deputy Director General of General Investigations Lt. Gen. Khalid bin Ali Al-Humaidan, General Supervisor of the Office of the Minister of Interior Abdulaziz bin Saad Al-Ibrahim and senior civilian and military officials.

The Crown Prince was accompanied by Prince Mohammed bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, and Abdulrahman bin Ali Al-Rubaiaan.

The Crown Prince will follow up the movement of pilgrims in the holy sites and Makkah and the mobilization of all capabilities to serve the pilgrims.

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5Nov2011:- Investigation into violation of regulations by pilgrims

Mina, Outskirts of Makkah, Dhu-AlHijjah 8, 1432
Major General Mansour Al-Turki, the Spokesman of the Ministry of Interior, disclosed today that pilgrims who were found violating Hajj entry regulations and accordingly sent back will stand for investigation.
In his daily briefing, Al-Turki said an increase of 1.84 percent in the number of pilgrims coming to the Kingdom from outside this year was registered. According to official statistics, their number reached 1,820,484 while Saudi pilgrims coming from inside the Kingdom amounted to 150,475 and foreign residents coming to Hajj from inside the Kingdom reached 63,495.
More than 98,321 were sent back, he disclosed.
For his part, the spokesman of the Ministry of Health Dr. Khaled Marghalani reassured that so far no epidemic and quarantine diseases were reported.
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4Nov2011:- Success of "Pilgrims ascending to Mina" plan

Mina, Outskirts of Makkah, Dhu-AlHijjah 8, 1432
Prince Khalid Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Makkah Region, announced the success of pilgrims-ascending-to-Mina plan without any incident of concern.
In a press conference here today, Prince Khalid Al-Faisal said most of pilgrims were successfully ascended to Mina plain to stay the pre-Arafat (Tarwiyah) day as per the practice of Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) when he performed Hajj.
In a cable to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Prince Khalid Al-Faisal congratulated the monarch on the success of the plan to guide the pilgrims to Mina from Makkah where they attended Tawaf Al-Godoom, the greeting of the House of God, the first ritual on the arrival in the holy capital.
According to figures, this year’s pilgrims number reached more than 1,830,000 and more than 36000 cars were barred from entering the sacred places last year while, this year, more than 6,000 vehicles were sent back as their passengers have violated Hajj entry regulations.
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4Nov2011:- Pilgrims perform Friday rpayers

Makkah, Dhu-AlHijjah 8, 1432, Nov 4, 2011, SPA — Pilgrims performed Friday Prayers today at the Grand Mosque in Makkah.

The pilgrims performed the prayers in an atmosphere of security, safety, comfort and stability.

All bodies concerned with Hajj services carried out their duties followed up by Prince Khalid Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Makkah Region and Chairman of the Central Hajj Committee, in line with directives by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior.

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4Nov2011:- All Hajj guests of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques arrive in Makkah

Mina, Dhu-AlHijjah 8, 1432
Arrival of the guests of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in Makkah was completed today.

The number of the pilgrims was 1400 Muslims from 81 countries.

They will perform Hajj at the expense of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques as part of the program supervised by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance.

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6Nov2011:- New Kiswa for Holy Kaaba

The annual replacement of the Kiswa of the Ka’ba (which is the cover of the Kaaba and consists of 670 kg of silk in 658 square meters of material) was carried out yesterday by the personnel of the General Presidency of the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque.
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5Nov2011:- Day of Arafat successfully completed

Arafat, Muzdalifah, Outskirts of Makkah, Dhu-AlHijjah 9, 1432
More than two million of pilgrims have successfully performed Hajj on the plain of Arafat Mount and settled in Muzdalifah valley tonight, the start of the countdown journey to say goodbye to Makkah after staying a three day, or less, in Mina.
All pilgrims, who attended the sunset peak at Arafat, the crux of Hajj ritual, have settled in Muzdalifah valley to perform together the Maghrib (sunset) and shortened-Isha (evening) prayers, stay the night there and head for Mina after praying the Fajr (dawn) prayer as was the practice of Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) when he performed Hajj more than 14 centuries ago.
Tomorrow, pilgrims will observe Eid Al-Adh-ha, throw Jamrat Al-Aqaba (stone throwing at the Greater devil replica), sacrifice and take off the Ihram (special white Hajj compulsory dress) once a pilgrim performs Tawaf Al-Ifadha (circumambulation around the Kaaba, i.e. the house of God), in Makkah and returns to Mina.
Reports on foodstuff, water supplies, traffic, health and security confirm that this year’s Hajj was a complete success.
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5Nov2011:- Al-Mashaer transports 270,000 pilgrims to Mount Arafat

Arafat, Dhu-AlHijjah 9, 1432
Al-Mashaer train transported more than 270.000 pilgrims to Mount Arafat today, achieving its objectives and operational plans in this year’s Hajj 1432 H after the completion of its full capacity.

Undersecretary of the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs and Chairman of the Central Department for Development Projects, Dr. Engineer Habib bin Mustafa Zain el-Abidin said that the number of beneficiaries reached more than 270.000 pilgrims. They started coming to the train stations after sunshine until ten in the morning.

Saudi Press Agency (SPA)’s mission at Mount Arafat followed up the masses of pilgrims being transported by the Al-Mashaer train in round-trip shuttle in parallel with the continuous movement of round-trip shuttle buses.

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7Nov2011:- WHO praises Kingdom’s health provisions for pilgrims

Mina, Outskirts of Makkah, Dhu-AlHijjah 10, 1432, Nov 6, 2011, SPA — The World Health Organization (WHO) hailed the services provided by the Kingdom’s Ministry of Health for the pilgrims, pointing to the Saudi success in overcoming the difficulties of medical treatment of huge human crowds, a fact which was culminated in an epidemic or quarantine diseases free Hajj.
In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA) Dr. Juad Al-Mahjour, the Director of the Communicable Diseases in WHO, who is taking part in Hajj and acting on behalf of WHO to monitor the Ministry’s provided services in the season of Hajj, said that they have witnessed the advanced and qualified medical cadres and equipment made at avail by the Ministry, in order to serve the pilgrims.
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6Nov2011:- Sacrifice of animals to be used for charitable purposes

Mina, Outskirts of Makkah, Dhu-AlHijjah 10, 1432
The rituals process attached to the Kingdom’s project to take advantage of sacrifice meat for the Hajj of this year began here today, following the Eid prayers. The total sacrifice meet for today amounted to 479,000 head of sheep.
In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA) Dr. Ahmed Mohammed Ali, President of Islamic Development Bank Group, expressed pride at the implementation of this great charitable project, which falls within the efforts exerted by the Government of the Kingdom to facilitate pilgrims performing of their rituals as well as taking advantage of sacrifice meat, to fulfill the objectives of Sharia and to glorify this blessed rite.
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6Nov2011:- Pilgrim statistics: Total 2,927,717

Mina, Saudi Arabia, Dhu-AlHijjah 10, 1432
Central Department of Statistics and information (CDSI) has announced the results of statistics for this year’s Hajj 1432 H, (2011 G).

It said the total number of pilgrims reached 2,927,717 pilgrims. 1.828.195 of them came from outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The remainder numbering 1,099,522 pilgrims came from within the Kingdom. The vast majority of them were non-Saudis residents.

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8Nov2011:- Praise for unprecendented level of Hajj services for pilgrims

Mina, Dhu-AlHijjah 12, 1432
A number of officials from Egyptian Hajj Mission have commended the unprecedented services, capabilities and facilities provided by the Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for pilgrims to perform their Hajj rituals easily and comfortably.
In press statements, Egyptian Minister of Endowments and the Head of Hajj Mission, Dr. Mohammed Abdulfadhil Al-Qousi, described the organization of Hajj by Saudi concerned authorities as unprecedented.
‘This fine organization comes in the face of continual hike in the number of pilgrims,’ he said, commending the Kingdom for using modern technology, global high-specification buildings, and sophisticated machineries in the service of pilgrims in one place at the same time.
For his part, First Assistant Minister of Interior of the Republic of Egypt, and Executive President of Hajj Mission, Major General Dr. Salah Hashem, said that the cooperation between the Mission and officials of the Ministry of Hajj in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have been continuing for many years for the interests of Egyptian pilgrims, expressing his appreciation for the best services and facilities provided for pilgrims.
In another statement, Egyptian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Mohammed Mahmoud Oaf hailed the best services provided for pilgrims by Saudi concerned authorities, also commending gigantic projects in the Holy Sites, notably Jamarat Bridge and Masha’er Train.
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8Nov2011:- Air ambulance unit on 32 missions in five days.

MAKKAH, Dhu-AlHijjah 12, 1432, Nov 8, 2011, SPA – The Saudi Red Crescent Authority’s air ambulance unit has performed more than 32 rescue and medical flights to several locations within the holy sites as of Monday.
“Six flights belonging to the Saudi Red Crescent Authority have spread out between the Saudi Red Crescent airbase in Arafat, near the Jamarat towers in Mina, Arafat general hospital, and the Red Crescent station in Namirah,� said Capt. Abdulhakim Saadoun Al-Joufi, director of air operations at the authority.
“On the day of (Standing in ) Arafat, 18 flights carried out tasks ranging from emergency and monitoring missions. The emergency cases were transferred to Al-Noor hospital, Hira Hospital, and King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Medical City in Makkah,� said Capt. Al-Joufi.
Arab News learned that the majority of emergency calls came from Sa’aamd village south of Al-Jhoom, Dhahban Bridge near Madinah Road, and Ashira Bridge near Jeddah-Madinah road.
Al-Joufi pointed out that the number of emergency cases during this year’s Haj season is less than last year due to the increase of health awareness, further improvement of overall organization during the pilgrimage season, and improved means for grouping pilgrims.
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7Nov2011:- Custodian of Two Holy Mosques addresses pilgrims

Mina, Dhu-AlHijjah 11, 1432
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud addressed pilgrims for the Hajj season of the year 1432AH.
The following is the text of the King’s address:
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Compassionate.
Thanks be to Allah Who says in the Holy Quran:
‘And proclaim the pilgrimage Among men: they will come To thee on foot and (mounted), On every camel, Lean (on account of journeys) Through deep and distant Mountain highways’ [AL-Hajj:27]
Peace be upon the seal of prophets and messenger who was sent by Allah as mercy for human beings, our prophet Mohammad, who said ‘The Righteous Hajj has only one Reward, that is paradise.’
Dear Brothers and Sisters pilgrims of the Holy Mosques, brothers and sisters sons of our Muslim Nation all over the world, peace be upon you.
From the land of the sacred mission and revelations, I congratulate you and all Muslims everywhere on Eid Al-Adha, supplicating Allah Almighty to accept your performance of Hajj, and to forgive all sins.
I pray to Allah to bestow His blessings upon you and respond to your supplications.
Dear brothers and sisters:
These crowds which converged on the Holy Mosque and roamed the Holy Shrines to complete the fifth pillar of Islam, make one deliberates, since Hajj is a source for great meanings in diversity, tolerance and dialogue. During Hajj season the true images emerge of the unified nation that gathered on one objective in response to the call of Allah and showed sincerity of worship to his Almighty. Wherever we go we hear nothing but the sound of Talbiya, declaring the slogan of Tawheed.
Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud delivered the speech of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in which he congratulated the pilgrims on Eid Al-Adha, praying to Allah Almighty to accept their Hajj and forgive their sins, and wishing the Islamic nation security, peace and prosperity. He also thanked Allah Almighty for enabling the pilgrims to perform Hajj rituals in peace and comfort.
‘The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia gives priority to the service of the Two Holy Mosques. Since the reign of the founder late King Abdulaziz until this day, the Kingdom has developed this service by mobilizing all financial and human capabilities. Thanks to Allah Almighty, the Kingdom has succeeded in providing high level services in terms of organization, health and safety, despite the challenges of space and increased number of pilgrims,’ the King said.
‘The rapid challenges faced by the Islamic nation require us all to be aware of future risks and to realize that factors of conflict, division and rift in the great Islamic house will only lead to chaos and weakness and will serve the nation’s enemies,’ the King added, calling on the leaders and peoples of the Islamic nation to take their historical role and choose the path of unity.
On behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Crown Prince received the Order of the Green Crescent from President Ikililou Dhoinine of Comoros. The Order was granted by the Parliament of Comoros to the Custodian of the Two holy Mosques.
Then, the Crown Prince handed over King Abdulaziz Medal of the First Order to the father of Martyr Farman Ali Khan. Granting Martyr Farman Ali Khan this medal was approved by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in recognition for his role in saving 14 people during the Jeddah floods in 1430H.
The audience had lunch with the Crown Prince.
The ceremony was attended by President Ikililou Dhoinine of Comoros; President Amadou Toumani Toure of Mali; Vice President Ali Othman Taha of Sudan; Vice President Mohammed Waheed Hassan Maniku of Maldives; Vice President Dr. Khader Al-Khuzaie of Iraq; Prime Minister Mohammed Najib bin Abdul Razak of Malaysia; Prime Minister Aires Ali of Mozambique; Secretary General of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu; Secretary General of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani; several Muslim figures; and a number of ambassadors of Islamic and Arab countries accredited to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The ceremony was also attended by Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, Governor of Makkah Region, Vice Chairman of Hajj Supreme Committee and Chairman of Hajj Central Committee; Prince Ahmad bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Minister of Interior; Prince Dr. Mansour bin Miteb bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs; and a number of princes, scholars, sheikhs and ministers.

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7Nov2011:- US President sends congratulations on occasion of Eid Al Adha

Riyadh, Dhu-AlHijjah 11, 1432, Nov 7, 2011, SPA — The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud received a cable of congratulation from U.S. President Barack Obama on the blessed Eid Al-Adha.
President Obama extended greetings for a happy Eid al-Adha to Muslims worldwide and congratulated those performing Hajj.
We are proud that thousands of Muslim Americans are among nearly three million Muslims performing Hajj rituals which are a reminder of the shared roots of the world’s Abrahamic faiths, President Obama said in his cable.
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10Nov2011:- Tunnels facilitate movement of pilgrims

Makkah, Dhu-AlHijjah 14, 1432
More than 62 tunnels implemented by the Government in Makkah mountains and the Holy Sites have contributed in the success of this year’s Hajj season and facilitated the movement of pilgrims and traffic from and to Makkah and the Holy Sites.
The Governorate of Makkah has prepared this network of tunnels whose length amounts to more than 30 kilometers in the service of pilgrims and allocated 10 tunnels for pedestrians and others for cars.
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12Nov2011:- Imam of Grand Mosque calls for Muslim unity

The Imam told the thousands of pilgrims: “The annual pilgrimage brings out the sublime image of a single Ummah with a single goal. The season of pilgrimage dictates to the faithful the noble lessons of tolerance, mutual assistance and the significance of maintaining security and peace. It also charges the pilgrims with a unique energy derived from the blessed gathering in the blessed land.”
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12Nov2011:- Ministry of Hajj honours Heads of Hajj Missions

Jeddah, Dhu-AlHijjah 16, 1432
The Ministry of Hajj held here Friday evening an honoring ceremony for heads and members of missions and its guests for the Hajj season of 1432 AH, and for the distribution of the prizes of best journalist works for the Hajj season of 1431 AH.
The ceremony was attended by Minister of Hajj Dr. Fouad bin Abdulsalam Al-Farsi.
A number of speakers addressed the ceremony and hailed the Hajj services and facilities provided to the pilgrims by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
In a speech on the occasion, the Minister of Hajj explained efforts by Kingdom ever since the reign of the late King Abdulaziz Al Saud to the era of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to receive delegations of pilgrims from around the world.
Dr Al-Farsi said that this auspicious occasion comes in the wake of the performance of rituals of Hajj and the overall activities that accompanied it.
He praised the role of scholars, thinkers, writers and journalists in strengthening the unity of the Islamic nation, expressing thanks and appreciation to the employees of the various media for their efforts to cover the Hajj.
Following his speech, the Minister of Hajj distributed the prizes of the best journalist works for the Hajj season of 1431 AH, to the winners.
The Saudi Press Agency won an appreciation award for the press coverage.
Al-Madinah newspaper won the prize of the best press coverage of Hajj.
Those who also won prizes included Mariam Al Jaber of Al-Riyadh newspaper; Mohammed Al-Misbah of Okaz newspaper; Ayed Omran of Al-Hayat newspaper; Hani Agafas of Okaz newspaper; Faten Ibrahim Hussein of Al-Nadwah newspaper; Nawaf Meshaal Sabhan of Al-Eqtisadiah newspaper; Fahd Al-A’adayen of Okaz newspaper; Abdullah Masoud and Mishaal Al-Qadir of Al-Jazeerah newspaper; Mahmoud Hamazani of Al-Youm newspaper; and Adel Ruwais of Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper.
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11Nov2011:- Custodian of Two Holy Mosques gives thanks for success of Hajj

Riyadh, Dhu-AlHijjah 15, 1432
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has sent a reply cable to Crown Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier, Minister of Interior and Chairman of Hajj Supreme Committee, thanking the Crown Prince, members of Hajj Supreme Committee and the personnel of military and security sectors for their great efforts which resulted in the success of Hajj season of this year.
Earlier, the Crown Prince sent a cable to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, congratulating him on Eid Al-Adha and the success of Hajj season.
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11Nov2011:- Copies of Holy Quran distributed

Jeddah, Dhu-AlHijjah 15, 1432
The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance, has been distributing 20 million copies of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Gift of the Holy Quran and religious books to pilgrims returning home at exit points in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The advisor of the Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance and Chairman of Information Committee for Islamic Awareness in Hajj, Sheikh Talal Bin Ahmed Al-Aqeel pointed out that the daily distribution stands at 250,000 copies of the Holy Quran and translation of its meanings in various languages as well as religious books and tapes.
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11Nov2011:- Plan to minimise crowding at Madinah Airport

MADINAH, Dhu-AlHijjah 15, 1432
Madinah airport authorities are putting the final details on a new system to prevent overcrowding at departure terminals.
The plan will be put to the test in the next few hours as thousands of pilgrims arrive at Prince Mohammad Bin Abdul Aziz International Airport, according to a report of Arabic Newspaper ‘OKAZ’ which is published today by the Jeddah-based Saudi Gazette.
An airport spokesman told Okaz: “We are using computers, smart phones and walkie-talkies to guide the flow of pilgrims from their residences right up to their arrival at the airport.”?
A joint operations room has also been set up which will be staffed with Ministry of Hajj representatives and specialist technical teams from Prince Mohammad Bin Abdul Aziz International Airport.
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13Nov2011:- Majlis Al Shura expresses congratulations on succcess of Hajj

Riyadh, Dhu-AlHijjah 17, 1432
Majlis Al-Shura has extended congratulations to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Eid Al-Adha.
Presided over by its speaker Sheikh Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al Al-Sheikh, Majlis Al-Shura congratulated at the outset of its 59th session held here today Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on being selected as Crown Prince and appointed Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior.
This came in a statement read by Majlis Al-Shura Secretary General Dr. Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Ghamdi.
‘Majlis Al-Shura considers this confidence came due to the accomplishments Prince Naif achieved during his practical march and his great efforts not only in the security field but also represented in his status as a statesman,’ the statement said.
Majlis Al-Shura also hailed the royal orders issued by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques aiming to develop the administrative system and improving the performance of some government bodies and institutions to achieve the citizens’ expectations and aspirations, the statement added.
Majlis Al-Shura also extended its congratulations to Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on the occasion of issuance of the royal order appointing him as the Defense Minister and Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz on appointing him as the Governor of Riyadh Region.
Majlis Al-Shura extended congratulations to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud; Crown Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier, Minister of Interior and Chairman of the Supreme Hajj Committee, and Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, Governor of Makkah Region, on the success of this year’s Hajj season 1432H. (2011).
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13Nov2011:- Participation of Women’s Committee of Hajj Establishments

Holy City of Makkah, Dhu-AlHijjah 17, 1432
Women’s Committee of Pilgrim-Guides Establishment of Arab Countries has participated in this year’s Hajj season and provided the best services and facilities to female pilgrims.
The Committee’s Chairwoman Dr. Samira Bennani pointed out that the Committee started its missions since the arrival of pilgrims in the Holy Sites and continued until their departure for home, noting that the Committee has supervisors of information, social and tourism programs, public relations, hospital care and environment protection.
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12Nov2011:- Minister of Hajj receives Jordan’s Minister of Endowments

Jeddah, Dhu-AlHijjah 16, 1432
Minister of Hajj Dr. Fouad bin Abdulsalam Al-Farsy received here today Jordanian Minister of Islamic Endowments and Affairs Dr. Abdulsalam Al-Abadi.
During the meeting, Dr. Al-Abadi congratulated the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud; the Crown Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier, Minister of Interior and Chairman of the Supreme Hajj Committee, and Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, Governor of Makkah Region, on the success of the Hajj season for 1432H.
The meeting was attended by a number of officials.
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15Nov2011:- Hi-tech in the service of pilgrims

Riyadh, Dhu-AlHijjah 18, 1432
The Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Eng. Mohammed Jamil Bin Ahmed Mulla, has congratulated the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, on the success of this year’s Hajj season.
In a press statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), he said that the sector of telecommunications and information technology, has contributed effectively in the service of pilgrims in this year’s Hajj season within the framework of the best and distinguished services provided to pilgrims by all public and private sectors in implementation of the directives of the Government of the King and the Crown Prince.
During this year’s Hajj season, Mulla said ‘the services provided to pilgrims have witnessed stiff competition between providers of services of telecommunications and information technology in Saudi Arabia, a matter that encouraged provision of excellent and
integrated services.’
He noted that several telecommunications companies have mobilized their full potentials and capabilities in the service of pilgrims.
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14Nov2011:- Madinah: Pilgrim arrivals and departures

Madinah, Dhu-AlHijjah 18, 1432
As many as 189,341 pilgrims have so far arrived in Madinah and 28,157 have left Madinah and 161,180 remained in it.
The Secretariat of Hajj Committee pointed out in its report issued yesterday that the highest number of pilgrims who have arrived in Madinah is 22,836 Egyptians, followed by 15,619 Iranians and 15,008 Bangladeshis.
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16Nov2011:- Custodian ot the Two Holy Mosques thanks the Minister of Hajj

Riyadh, Dhu-AlHijjah 20, 1432
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has expressed his thanks to the Minister of Hajj, Dr. Fouad bin Abdulsalam Al-Farsy and the employees of the Ministry of Hajj, for their congratulations on the success of this year’s Hajj season.
In a reply cable, the King said, ‘We thank Allah Almighty for bestowing on us the service of pilgrims, also praying for crowning all with success in continuing provision of the best services to pilgrims to perform their rituals easily and comfortably.’
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17Nov2011:- Bahrain’s Viceroy emphasises Kingdom’s role on crucial issues

Manama, Dhu-AlHijjah 21, 1432
Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Viceroy and Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Bahrain, highlighted the high profile occupied by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, regionally and internationally, and the great role it was playing in crucial issues, describing the Kingdom as the cradle of Islam and the destination of all Muslims from all over the world, particularly during Hajj.
In a meeting with the Saudi ambassador to Bahrain Dr. Abdulmohsen bin Fahd A-Mark on the occasion of the end of Hajj season this year, Prince Al Khalifa blessed the efficiency of Hajj organizers.
He lauded the efforts exerted by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in the Arab and Islamic nations crucial issues and whatever maintains the GCC member countries and Arab and Islamic worlds entities.
The meeting was attended by senior protocol officials.
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19Nov2011:- Pilgrim statistics

MADINAH, Dhu-AlHijjah 23, 1432
A report by the Secretariat of the Hajj Committee in Madinah stated that the number of pilgrims who came to Madinah yesterday through Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz International Airport and other reception stations, reached 28,432 pilgrims while the departing pilgrims from the Prophet’s city on Friday accounted for 22,708 pilgrims, according to an official report prepared by the Committee’s Unit of reports and statistics.
The total number of arriving pilgrims in Madinah until yesterday reached 328,834 pilgrims while the departing pilgrims from the Prophet city on the same day accounted for 115,411 pilgrims. The number of pilgrims who still remains in Madinah amounted to 213,409 pilgrims.
The official report also highlighted the proportion of pilgrims’ nationalities: the highest number of pilgrims staying in Madinah are 26,707 Iranian pilgrims, followed by 23,447 Indonesian pilgrims and 22,267 Egyptian pilgrims.
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19Nov2011:- Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques thanks Minister of Health

Riyadh, Dhu-AlHijjah 23, 1432
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has expressed thanks to Minister of Health, Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabeeah and the employees of the Ministry of Health, for their congratulations on the success of this year’s Hajj season and announcement of no epidemic or quarantine diseases during this Hajj season.

In a reply cable, the King said, ‘We thank Allah Almighty for bestowing on us the service of pilgrims, also praying for crowning all with success in continuing provision of the best services to pilgrims to perform their rituals easily and comfortably.’

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21Nov2011:- Pilgrim statistics

Holy City of Madinah, Dhu-AlHijjah 25, 1432
As many as 393,031 pilgrims have so far arrived in Madinah and 172,028 have left. 221,989 remained in the Holy City.
The Secretariat of Hajj Committee said in its report issued today that 33,337 pilgrims arrived in Madinah yesterday and 27,070 pilgrims left Madinah.
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20Nov2011:- National Pilgrims’ Guides Establishment’s service to pilgrims

Holy City of Madinah, Dhu-AlHijjah 24, 1432
The National Pilgrims’ Guides Establishment in Madinah continues to receive pilgrims through all the facilities of the Establishment consisting of three reception centers, eighteen field service offices, four centers to guide lost pilgrims, and ten support offices.
Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Establishment Dr. Yusuf bin Ahmed Hawalah expected the establishment to provide services to more than 850,000 pilgrims during the season after the Hajj explaining that the pilgrims will arrive in Madinah through three access points which are Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz International Airport, Alhijrah reception center and Albar reception center, making the number of pilgrims who visited the city during the pilgrimage season for this year to more than 1.7 million pilgrims.
He stressed that directives by Prince Abdul Aziz bin Majed bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Madinah Region and Chairman of the Hajj Committee in Madinah, urge providing best services to pilgrims, pointing out that the establishment has provided services during the past ten years to more than fifteen million pilgrims.
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21Nov2011:- Crown Prince comments on Hajj

Riyadh, Dhu-AlHijjah 25, 1432, Nov 21, 2011, SPA– Crown Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, chaired the Cabinet’s session which was held at Al-Yamamah palace in Riyadh today.
At the outset of the session, the Crown Prince welcomed into the Cabinet Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Defense to the Cabinet, wishing him all success.
On behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Crown Prince expressed thanks to Allah Almighty for the ease and comfort with which pilgrims have performed Hajj rituals this year. Prince Naif also thanked the staff of all governmental and private bodies who participated in serving pilgrimage on their efforts which led to the success of the plans of this Hajj season. The Crown Prince said: ‘This is a great honor for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its people which casts the responsibility on everyone to redouble efforts towards this great responsibility to serve the Two Holy Mosques, holy sites, pilgrims and Umrah visitors, reiterating that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will spare no effort in order to facilitate Hajj rituals for every Muslim.’
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23Nov2011:- Charity aims to bring a smile to pilgrims’ faces

“Smile, you are in the holy city of Makkah” is the message of Haji Mu’tamir’s Gift, a Makkah-based charitable organization. Sheikh Mansour Al-Aamir, director general of the organization, declares: “Ours is a message of love and peace from the people of Saudi Arabia, which is honored to serve the guests of God,” said Sheikh Mansour Al-Aamir, director general of the organization with a broad smile.
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23Nov2011:- 453,445 Pilgrims arrive in Madinah

Holy City of Madinah, Dhu-AlHijjah 27, 1432
As many as 453,445 pilgrims have so far arrived in Madinah and 225,833 have left Madinah and 227,562 remained in it.
The Secretariat of Hajj Committee pointed out in its report issued yesterday that the highest number of pilgrims who have arrived in Madinah is 38,798 Indonesians, followed by 28,720 Iranians and 24,703 Pakistanis.
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25Nov2011:- Hajj Minister receives President of Iranian Hajj visit organisation

Jeddah, Dhu-AlHijjah 28, 1432
Minister of Hajj Dr. Fouad bin Abdulsalam Al-Farsy received here today, President of Iranian Hajj and Visit Organization Ali Mohamed Liali.

Ali Liali expressed thanks and appreciation to the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its great efforts and outstanding and advanced services provided for all pilgrims in general and Iranian pilgrims in particular.

He also extended congratulations to Minister of Hajj and its Ministry on the success of this year’s Hajj season 1432 H (2011) in terms of qualitative development in the distinguished services, facilities and good organization.
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26Nov2011:- Pilgrim statistics: more than half a million pilgrims in Madinah

Holy City of Madinah, Muharram 1, 1433
As many as 526,158 pilgrims have so far arrived in Madinah and 310,652 have left Madinah and 215,442 remained in it.
The Secretariat of Hajj Committee said in its report issued today that 22,964 pilgrims arrived in Madinah yesterday and 23,449 pilgrims left Madinah.
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27Nov2011:- Pilgrim statistics: 559,303 pilgrims have so far arrived in Madinah

Holy City of Madinah, Muharram 2, 1433
As many as 559,303 pilgrims have so far arrived in Madinah and 334,375 have left Madinah and 224,864 remained in it.
The Secretariat of Hajj Committee said in its report issued today that 33,145 pilgrims arrived in Madinah yesterday and 23,723 pilgrims left Madinah.
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28Nov2011:- Pilgrim statistics: 589,293 Pilgrims in Madinah

Madinah, Muharram 3, 1433, Nov 28, 2011, SPA – As many as 589,293 pilgrims have so far arrived in Madinah and 361,125 have left Madinah and 228,088 remained in it.
The Secretariat of Hajj Committee said in its report issued today that 29,990 pilgrims arrived in Madinah yesterday and 26,750 pilgrims left Madinah.
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29Nov2011:- Pilgrim statistics: 616,269 pilgrims have arrived in Madinah

Holy City of Madinah, Muharram 4, 1433
As many as 616,269 pilgrims have so far arrived in Madinah and 385,393 have left Madinah and 230,782 remained in it.
The Secretariat of Hajj Committee said in its report issued today that 26,976 pilgrims arrived in Madinah yesterday and 24,268 pilgrims left Madinah.
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30Nov2011:- Crown Prince thanks Saudi Red Crescent for Hajj services

Riyadh, Muharram 5, 1433
Crown Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier, Minister of Interior and Chairman of Hajj Supreme Committee, has expressed his thanks to Saudi Red Crescent Authority for its efforts in contributing to the success of Hajj season, 1432AH.
In a reply cable to Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, President of Saudi Red Crescent Authority, the Crown Prince said, ‘We praise Allah Almighty for the success of Hajj season, and also thanks for its success to the care and directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and the dedication of participants in the performance of this great Islamic duty. We thank you for your efforts which have contributed along with the efforts of other various bodies to the success of Hajj season 1432AH.
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30Nov2011:- Crown Prince Naif thanks Minister of Hajj

Riyadh, Muharram 5, 1433
Crown Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier, Minister of Interior and Chairman of Hajj Supreme Committee, has expressed his thanks to Minister of Hajj Dr. Fouad bin Abdulsalam Al-Farsy and the Ministry’s employees for their efforts in the success of Hajj season, 1432AH.
In a reply cable to Dr. Al-Farsy, the Crown Prince said, ‘We praise Allah Almighty for the success of Hajj season, and also thanks for its success to the care and directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and the dedication of participants in the performance of this great Islamic duty. We thank you for your efforts which have contributed along with the efforts of other various bodies to the success of Hajj season 1432AH.
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2Dec2011:- Pilgrim statistics: More than 700,000 pilgims have arrived

Holy City of Madinah, Muharram 7, 1433
As many as 701,380 pilgrims have so far arrived in Madinah and 473,980 have left Madinah and 227,302 remained in it.

The Secretariat of Hajj Committee said in its report issued yesterday that 23,712 pilgrims arrived in Madinah yesterday and 30,744 pilgrims left Madinah.

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2Dec2011:- Tawaf Area (Mataaf) expansion project

Tawaf Area (Mataaf) expansion project, under the supervision of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque, will increase the capacity of the Tawaf Area from 50,000 pilgrims per hour to 130,000 per hour.
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2Dec2011:- Pilgrim statistics;710,916 have arrived in Madinah

Al-Madinah Al-Munawarah, Muharram 7, 1433
The number of pilgrims coming to Al-Madinah Al-Munawarah via Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz International Airport amounted to 9593 while those who left the city were 39479, it was reported today.
In a report, the Statistics Department at the Secretariat of Hajj Committee in Al-Madinah Al-Munawarah said the total number of pilgrims who came to the city of Al-Madinah Al-Munawarah amounted to 710916, the total pilgrims leaving the city amounted to 513459 while the total number of pilgrims who are still in Al-Madinah Al-Munawarah amounted to 197416.
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2Dec2011:- Pakistani official thanks Kingdom for pilgrim services

Islamabad, Muharram 7, 1433
A Pakistani senior official thanked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the services it was rendering to pilgrims in general every year, noting that pilgrims from Pakistan have in particular received the most required care, making their pilgrims an easy journey.
In a meeting with the Saudi ambassador to Pakistan Abdulaziz bin Ibrahim Al-Shaghroor, Shaukat Hayat Drani, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Religious Affairs of Pakistan, extended the thanks of the Pakistani leadership and people to the Saudi leadership, government and people for the cooperation extended by the Saudi embassy and consulate in Karachi to facilitate the mission of Hajj even before it starts.
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4Dec2011:- Minister of Hajj meets Kuwaiti Ambassador

Riyadh, Muharram 9, 1433
Minister of Hajj Dr. Fouad bin Abdulsalam Al-Farsy met here today Kuwait’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Sheikh Hamad bin Jaber Al-Ali Al-Sabah.
During the meeting, Sheikh Hamad bin Jaber congratulated the Saudi leadership on the success of the 1432 H. Hajj season.
At the end of the meeting, the Minister of Hajj thanked Sheikh Hamad bin Jaber on the good feelings.
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4Dec2011:- Pilgrim statistics:718,981 pilgrims have arrived in Madinah

Holy City of Madinah, Muharram 9, 1433
As many as 718,981 pilgrims have so far arrived in Madinah and 541,455 have left Madinah and 177,428 remained in it.
The Secretariat of Hajj Committee said in its report issued today that 8008 pilgrims arrived in Madinah yesterday and 27,996 pilgrims left Madinah.
The Secretariat pointed out that the highest number of pilgrims who have remained in Madinah is 46,904 Indians, followed by 40,163 Indonesians, and 38,478 Pakistanis.
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5Dec2011:- Call for a cullture of volunteering and giving

JEDDAH,9 Muharram
On the occasion of International Volunteer Day, the Secretary General of the International Islamic Relief Organization-Saudi Arabia (IIROSA) has called for the spreading of a culture of volunteering and giving, to enhance the feeling of solidarity amongst members of society.
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5Dec2011:- Praise for Ministry of Health’s role in Haj

Crown Prince Naif, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, thanked Health Minister Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah and his staff for enabling Haj pilgrims “to conduct their rituals comfortably and conveniently without any major health problems”.
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5Dec2011:- Minister of Hajj receives Djibouti Ambassador

Riyadh, Muharram 10, 1433
The Minister of Hajj, Dr. Fouad bin Abdulsalam Al-Farsy received here today the ambassador of the Republic of Djibouti to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Diaa Eddin Saeed Bamakhrama.
At the outset of the meeting, the ambassador congratulated the Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Crown Prince on the success of 1432H Hajj season.
He hailed the Saudi government’s efforts, facilities, and achievements for the convenience of pilgrims to facilitate the performance of their Hajj rituals in ease and contentment.
He also delivered a message to Dr Al-Farsy from Djibouti’s Minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, specially dealing with Hajj.
During the meeting, they discussed issues concerning the affairs of pilgrims and Umrah performers from the Republic of Djibouti.
The meeting was attended by Undersecretary of the Ministry for Planning and Development Affairs Hilal bin Abdulrahman Al-Hilal and the Director General of Minister’s Office, Dr. Abdul-Wahab bin Abdullah Baghdadi.
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6Dec2011:- Holy Quran Memorisation Competition

Riyadh, Muharram 11, 1433
Under the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King Abdulaziz International 33rd Competition for the Holy Quran Memorization, Intonation and Interpretation will be organized by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance at the Holy Mosque of Makkah on December 18, with the participation of 161 contestants from 53 countries.
On this occasion, Sheikh Saleh bin Abdulaziz Al Al-Sheikh, the Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance, and General Supervisor of Holy Quran Competitions, commended the Saudi Leadership for its generous support for King Abdulaziz International Competition since its inception in 1399AH.
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7Dec2011:- Governor of Madinah thanks King for infrastructure projects

Holy City of Madinah, Muharram 12, 1433
Prince Abdulaziz bin Majed bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Madinah region, expressed his thanks to and appreciation of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for the establishment of Prince Abdulmajeed bin Abdulaziz Airport in the Governorate of Ula, which is considered as one of the greatest achievements in Madinah region.
In a ceremony held here yesterday on the occasion of the Governor’s tour in Ula Governorate to lay the foundation stones and inaugurate developmental projects in the Governorate, Prince Abdulaziz bin Majed bin Abdulaziz said in a press statement that the Governorate has now an airport and good road networks which qualify it to play its roles in the field of tourism in the best manner.
Following the ceremony, the Governor of Ula, Ahmad bin Nasser Al Hussein presented to the Prince the Prize of Excellence awarded to the Governorate by World Health Organization (WHO).
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7Dec2011:- MWL Secretary receives DG of European Endowment

Holy City of Makkah, Muharram 12, 1433
The Secretary General of Muslim World League (MWL) Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulmohsen Al-Turki received here today Ahmed Al-Rawi, the Director General of European Endowment and the Chairman of Muslim Association of Britain.
During the meeting, they discussed means of enhancing cooperation between the MWL and the European Endowment in a way that serves Islam and Muslims.
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8Dec2011:- Hajj and Umrah firms to Saudize within six months

The Ministry of Hajj has asked all Saudi Hajj and Umrah companies to take measures to ensure that all managerial and supervisory roles within their organisations are undertaken by Saudi nationals. The deadline for completion of this process is May 2012. “Preparations for the 2012 season have already started. The first groups of Umrah pilgrims are expected to arrive in the Kingdom by late January.
The pilgrims who performed Haj this year have until Dec. 10 to leave the country.”
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10Dec2011:- Tabuk-Madinah Expressway project:

Tabuk, Muharram 15, 1433
In the presence of Prince Fahd bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Tabuk Region, the Ministry of Transport will organize here tomorrow a ceremony to lay the foundation stone of the project of Tabuk-Madinah Expressway.
This was stated by the Minister of Transport, Dr. Jabara bin Eid Al-Suraiseri.
The minister said that works on the project began through several stages whose total length is ’78′ kms, including this phase whose foundation stone will be laid with a length of ’50′ kms and is estimated to cost SR 340 Million.
The Minister said that the total length of the Tabuk-Madinah Expressway is ’588′ km.
He added that the road will reduce the distance of the current road by more than 100 kms.
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10Dec2011:- Governor of Makkah washes Holy Kaaba on behalf of King

Makkah, Muharram 15, 1433
On behalf of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, Prince Khalid Al Faisal bin Abdul Aziz, Governor of Makkah Region Prince Khalid Alfaisal bin Abdulaziz washed the Kaaba today.
Immediately after his arrival, he and his companions washed the inside of the Kaaba with Zamzam water mixed with rose water, and wiped the walls with pieces of cloth wet with this water.
Along the Governor, the washing of the Kaaba was also carried out by Prince Bandar bin Khalid Alfaisal bin Abdulaziz, General President of the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque Sheikh Saleh bin Abdul Rahman Alhosain; Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu; Minister of Hajj Dr. Fouad bin Abdulsalam Farsi; Mayor of Makkah Dr. Osama bin Fadl Al-Bar; Vice General President of the Affairs of the Grand Mosque Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Nasser Alkhozaim, and Undersecretary the Governorate of Makkah Region Dr. Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah Al-Khudairi.
The ceremony was witnessed by members of the Islamic diplomatic corps accredited to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a number of ministers, heads of government departments, Attendants of the Holy Mosque and a group of citizens.
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11Dec2011:- Minister of Hajj receives Chinese Ambassador

Riyadh, Muharram 16, 1433
Minister of Hajj Dr. Fouad bin Abdulsalam Al-Farsy received here today the ambassador-designate of China to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Li Cheng Wen.
During the meeting, the ambassador expressed thanks and appreciation to the Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for facilities provided for Chinese pilgrims.
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11Dec2011:- Minister of Hajj receives Lebanese Ambassador

Riyadh, Muharram 16, 1433
Minister of Hajj Dr. Fouad bin Abdulsalam Al-Farsi received here today the ambassador of Lebanon to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Marwan Abdulhameed Zain.
During the meeting, the ambassador expressed thanks and appreciation to the Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for facilities provided to pilgrims.
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12Dec2011:- King thanks Minister of Culture and Information for Hajj coverage

Riyadh, Muharram 16, 1433
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has thanked the Minister of Culture and Information, Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohieddin Khoja and all delegates of the local and international media who participated in the coverage of events and activities of the Hajj season for all the noble feelings expressed on the success of the season of Hajj this year.
In a reply cable to the Minister of Culture and Information in response to an earlier cable sent by the minister to the King including the congratulations of media men on Eid Al Adha, the King said, ‘We have received your cable including your congratulations and those of the guests and employees of the Ministry including journalists and intellectuals on Eid Al Adha and the success of the media plan for the pilgrimage season for the year 1432 H and we thank you for your feelings.’ The King asked Allah Almighty to help all to serve pilgrims and facilitate their performance of the Hajj rituals with all comfort.
In his earlier cable to the King, the minister conveyed sincere thanks and gratitude by the media men and intellectuals who were guests of the Ministry for the good reception, hospitality and care by the Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques represented by the Ministry of Culture and Information and other state sectors concerned with services provided to pilgrims.
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12Dec2011:- Makkah Governor receives award

The Governor of Makkah Prince Khaled Al-Faisal has been presented with the honorary award for Revolutionary City Transformation at the Makkah New Era Awards ceremony. “The event was organized by French business information company Naseba, and Saudi-based Star Group Holdings. It was held in conjunction with the 2nd Annual Modern Makkah Summit and Awards. The awards ceremony highlighted the extensive efforts being made to modernize Makkah province while balancing the preservation of its heritage.”
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13Dec2011:- Closing ceremony for Hajj 1432AH (2011)

Madinah, Muharram 18, 1433
Prince Abdulaziz bin Majed bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Madinah region and Chairman of Hajj Committee in Madinah patronized here yesterday a closing ceremony of Hajj season for the year 1432AH.
In his speech, the Secretary of Hajj Committee in Madinah Mohammed bin Mustafa Al-Numan commended the Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Crown Prince for the provision of the best services to pilgrims and its care and attention to the Holy Sites and their development, noting that Madinah received more than 1,650,000 pilgrims during this year’s Hajj season.
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12Dec2011:- Palestinian refugees in Jordan receive sacrificial meat

Amman, Muharram 17, 1433
In the framework of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s ”Project for Utilization of Hajj Meat”, Tawfiq bin Mohammed Al-Ghamdi, representative of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) in Jordan, handed over here today to the Jordanian officials meat of 21,000 sacrificed animals to distribute them among charities and Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan.

In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), a number of directors of the charities in Jordan expressed appreciation for the role of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in helping the needy people in different Arab and Islamic countries.

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13Dec2011:- Plan for restoration of Mosques in Makkah region

Holy City of Makkah, Muharram 18, 1433
The Subcommittee of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Program for Mosques Restoration approved in its meeting here today at the Branch of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance a plan for the restoration of mosques in Makkah Region.
The Branch’s Director General Sheikh Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Nasser disclosed that the Subcommittee allocated SR 85 million for restoration of mosques in Makkah Region.
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13Dec2011:- New Minister of Hajj appointed

Riyadh, Muharram 18, 1433
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud today announced a Cabinet’s mini reshuffle and appointed a number of senior officials in new posts.
In Royal Orders issued by the Royal Court and read on the Saudi Television tonight, the monarch relieved Dr. Fouad bin Abdulsalam Farsy of his post as Minister of Hajj, replacing him by Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed bin Hamza Asaad Hajjar who quit his job as Deputy Speaker of the Shoura Council while the post went to Dr. Mohammed bin Ameen bin Ahmed Al-Jeffery in the rank of Minister.
Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Qusaibi was relieved of his post as Minister of Economy and Planning, replaced by Dr. Mohammed bin Sulaiman bin Mohammed Al-Jasser who was relieved of his post as Governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) who left the post for Dr. Fahd bin Abdullah bin Abdullatif Al-Mubarak in the rank of Minister. Mohammed bin Ali Al-Fayez was relieved of his post as Minister of Civil Service, replaced by Dr. Abdulrahman bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Albarak who quit his current post as Assistant Speaker of the Shoura Council which was filled by Dr. Fihad bin Mu’tad bin Shafaq Al-Hamad in the excellent rank.
Abdullah bin Ahmed Zenel Ali Redha left the Ministry of Commerce and Industry with the portfolio taken by Dr. Tawfeeq bin Faozan bin Mohammed Al-Rabee’a.
On the other hand, the monarch also relieved Faisal bin Abdulrahman Al-Muammar of his post as Deputy Minister of Education which went to Dr. Khalid bin Abdullah bin Ibrahim Al-Sabti in the rank of Minister. Bin Muammar was transferred to the post of Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Secretary General of King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue in the rank of Minister.
All the above changes and appointments will go into force with immediate effect, according to the statement.

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14Dec2011:- Limited Edition Book of Pictures on Hajj

An 850-page book, weighing 37 kg, on the experience of performing Hajj, has been compiled over a period of three years. The book, published as a limited edition, consists of 2,000 pictures and accounts of experiences shared by people from many different countries.
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16Dec2011:- Restoration of Mosques Program Committee meeting

Madinah, Muharram 19, 1433
The Committee of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Program for the Restoration of Mosques in Madinah held its third meeting here today.
The meeting was chaired by Director General of the branch of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance and Chairman of the Program committee Dr Mohammed Alameen bin Khatri.
During the meeting, Dr Mohammed Alameen bin Khatri said that the Committee was briefed on a list of mosques that have been determined by the technical and administrative committee. The Mosques’ number reached 71 mosques in the region.
He added that the ministry has allocated an amount of SR 40 million for the program.
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14Dec2011:- New Ministers appointed

A new Haj Minister has been appointed. Bandar Al-Hajjar replaces Fouad Al-Farsy.

Other changes include Muhammad Al-Jasser replacing Khaled Al-Gosaiby as minister of economy and planning and Abdul Rahman Al-Barrak replaces Muhammad Al-Faiz as Minister of Civil Service.
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13Dec2011:- Governor of Madinah honours MCI branch

Madinah, Muharram 18, 1433, Dec 13, 2011
Prince Abdulaziz bin Majed bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Madinah region and Chairman of Hajj Committee in the region, handed here yesterday the Award of Excellence to the Director of the Branch of the Ministry of Culture and Information in Madinah, Dr. Salah Bin Suleiman Al-Raddadi during a ceremony for honoring employees in Hajj season, 1432AH.
In a statement, Dr. Al-Raddadi expressed his thanks to and appreciation of the Prince, noting that the Award will be an incentive for continuing efforts to serve pilgrims with the support and guidance of the Prince and Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohieddin Khoja.
This is the fourth consecutive year that the Branch has won the Award of Excellence in the service of pilgrims and visitors to the Prophet’s Mosque.
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13Dec2011:- More than 1.5 million copies of Holy Quran distributed in Dhu Al-Hijjah

Riyadh, Muharram 18, 1433
The Madinah-based King Fahd Complex for Printing the Holy Quran distributed 1,588,049 copies of the Holy Quran, interpretation of its meanings, tapes, and religious books to public and, private bodies and charities during the month of Dhu Al-Hijjah at home and abroad.
The Complex pointed out that it distributed 250,241,203 copies of the Holy Quran, interpretation of its meanings, tapes, and religious books since its inception in 1405AH until the end of Dhu Al-Hijjah, 1432AH.
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16Dec2011:- Custodian of Two Holy Mosques receives new Minister of Hajj and others

Riyadh, Muharram 21, 1433
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud received at his palace in Riyadh today former Minister of Civil Service Mohammed bin Ali Al-Fayez, former Minister of Economy and Planning Khalid bin Mohammed Al Gosaibi, Minister of Hajj Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Hamza Assad Hajjar, Minister of Economy and planning Dr. Mohammed bin Suleiman bin Mohammed Al-Jasser, Minister of Civil Service Dr. Abdulrahman bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Barrak, Minister of Commerce and Industry Dr. Tawfig bin Foozan bin Mohammed Al-Rabiah, Deputy Chairman of Shoura Council Dr. Mohammed bin Amin bin Ahmad Al-Jafari and Assistant Chairman of the Shoura Council Dr. Fahhad Bin Moa’tad bin Shifaq Al-Hamad.

The newly-appointed ministers and officials took the oath of assuming their new posts before Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

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17Dec2011:- Custodian of Two Holy Mosques to patronise Holy Quran Contest

Riyadh, Muharram 22, 1433
Under the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King Abdulaziz International 33rd Competition for the Holy Quran Memorization, Intonation and Interpretation will be organized tomorrow by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance.
As many as 161 Contestants from 53 countries will participate in the Contest to be held at the Holy Mosque in Makkah.
On this occasion, Sheikh Saleh bin Abdulaziz Al Al-Sheikh, the Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance, and General Supervisor of Holy Quran Competitions, commended the Saudi Leadership for its generous support for King Abdulaziz International Competition since its inception in 1399AH.
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19Dec2011:- Advances in healtcare protect pilgrims

Minister of Health Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabiah has pointed to a series of measures to protect pilgrims from epidemic diseases. ‘The Kingdom has an obligation to provide these services for the Guests of Allah because it has been given the honor of serving the Two Holy Mosques,’ said the minister. He said the infection rates of epidemic and communicable diseases have dropped significantly over the past few years because of the country’s advanced health system.
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18Dec2011:- Crown Prince receives new Ministers

Riyadh, Muharram 23, 1433
Crown Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, received here today the newly appointed ministers, who are Minister of Hajj Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Hamza Hajjar, Minister of Economy and Planning Dr. Mohammed bin Suleiman bin Mohammed Al-Jasser, Minister of Civil Service Dr. Abdulrahman bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Barrak and Minister of Commerce and Industry Dr. Tawfiq bin Fawzan bin Mohammed Al-Rabiah.
During the audience, the Crown Prince urged the ministers to spare no effort in providing the best services for the citizens. For their part, the ministers thanked the Crown Prince.
The audience was attended by Prince Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, President of the Court of the Crown Prince and Special Advisor to the Crown Prince; and Abdulrahman bin Ali Al-Rubaian, Private Secretary to the Crown Prince.
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20Dec2011:- Committee of King’s Program for Mosque restoration meets

Holy City of Madinah, Muharram 19, 1433
The Committee of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Program for the Restoration of Mosques in Madinah held its third meeting here today.
The meeting was chaired by Director General of the branch of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance and Chairman of the Program committee Dr Mohammed Alameen bin Khatri.
During the meeting, Dr Mohammed Alameen bin Khatri said that the Committee was briefed on a list of mosques that have been determined by the technical and administrative committee. The Mosques’ number reached 71 mosques in the region.
He added that the ministry has allocated an amount of SR 40 million for the program.
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21Dec2011:- Hajj health services a success

The excellence of the health services provided for this year’s Hajj by the Saudi Ministry of Health have been widely recognised. For its part, the Saudi Ministry of Health has acknowledged the contribution of its joint venture partners (GE Gealthcare and El Seif Development).
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22Dec2011:- Prince Khaled Al-Faisal praises moderation

During a lecture at the Islamic University in the Holy City of Madinah, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, the Emir of Makkah region, called on everyone to promote a moderate form of Islam and to challenge any who choose to deviate from the path of moderation.
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23Dec2011:- Diplomats praise Kingdom’s care for the Holy Quran

Holy City of Makkah, Muharram 28, 1433
A number of ambassadors accredited to Saudi Arabia lauded the great efforts exerted by the Kingdom, under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, to take care of the Holy Quran and its related aspects such as memorization, interpretation etc, all over Muslim world in addition to supporting Quran scholars and students in various universities, institutes and schools.

These remarks came in statements given by the ambassadors of Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Algeria and Djibouti in the occasion of the 33rd round of King Abdulaziz International Competition on Memorizing, Recitation and Interpretation of the Holy Quran, currently taking place here.

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25Dec2011:- Closing ceremony of Holy Quran Contest

Holy City of Makkah, Muharram 29, 1433
On behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, the Governor of Makkah Region, will patronize at the Grand Mosque here tomorrow the closing ceremony of King Abdulaziz International competition for the Holy Quran’s Memorization, Recitation and Interpretation organized by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance.
Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance and general supervisor of Quran competitions Sheikh Saleh bin Abdulaziz Al Al-Sheikh hailed support for the competition by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the Crown Prince.
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26Dec2011:- Istisqa prayers performed throughout the Kingdom

Riyadh, Safar 1, 1433
Istisqa (rain-seeking) prayers were performed this morning throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in pursuant of the Prophet’s Sunnah (Traditions) to perform ‘Istisqa’ prayers in case of drought or delay in rainfall.
‘Istisqa’ prayers were also performed at universities and schools in various regions of the Kingdom.
Istisqa prayers were performed at the Holy Mosque of Makkah. The prayers were attended by Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, the Governor of Makkah Region.
In Madinah, the Undersecretary of Madinah Governorate Suleiman bin Mohammed Al-Jeraish attended the prayers at the Prophet’s Holy Mosque.
In Riyadh, Prince Mohammed bin Saad bin Abdulaziz, the Acting Governor of Riyadh Region attended ‘Istisqa’ prayers at Imam Turki bin Abdullah Mosque.
The prayers were led by The Grand Mufti of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and President of Council of Senior Scholars and General Presidency of Scholarly Research and Ifta, Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Al-Sheikh who called in his sermon on Muslims for repentance, forgiveness and beseeching Allah Al-Mighty for rainfall.
The prayers were also performed in various regions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
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25Dec2011:- Praise for Umm al Qura University

Holy City of Makkah, Muharram 30, 1433
Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, Governor of Makkah Region, today lauded the academic achievements of the University of Ummal Qura, citing its ranking in the second place among Saudi Arabia’s universities in an international renowned classification.
In a written letter to the Rector of the university Dr. Bakri bin Maatooq Assas, the Governor also praised the university as coming fourth among Arab universities, and eleventh in the Middle East and North Africa in EDU ROUTE classification.
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28Dec2011:- Crown Prince thanks Governor of Madinah for region’s developmental efforts

Madinah, Safar 3, 1433
Crown Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, has thanked Prince Abdulaziz bin Majed bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Madinah Region and Chairman of the Region’s Council and its members for their efforts and services to bring about progress in the region.
In a reply cable addressed to the Governor, the Crown Prince called for re-doubling efforts in order to achieve the aspirations of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for the development and welfare of all citizens.
Earlier, the Governor of Madinah had sent a letter of thanks to the Crown Prince for presiding over the first meeting of the Council of Madinah Region in its third session held on 23/10/1432 AH.
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27Dec2011:- Praise for Najran project budget allocations

Najran, Safar 2, 1433
Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah, Governor of Najran, has highlighted the large-scale services provided to pilgrims and Umrah performers and the gigantic expansion projects undertaken by the government of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz at the Two Holy Mosques and the holy sites.
He asked Allah Almighty to preserve the King and the Crown Prince and protect them to continue the process of construction, development and progress of this country and its loyal people.
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29Dec2011:- Pakistan: Ministry to discipline negligent Hajj Group Organisers

The Pakistani Ministry of Religious Affairs is to take stern disciplinary action against Hajj Group Organisers who failed to provide pilgrims with the services they promised. Punishments will include reduction of visa quotas or loss of licence.
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28Dec2011:- Crown Prince thanks Tabuk Governor for pilgrim services

Tabuk, Safar 3, 1433
Crown Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior and Chairman of the Supreme Hajj Committee, has sent a reply cable to Prince Fahd bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Tabuk Region.
In the reply cable, the Crown Prince thanked Prince Fahd for the efforts exerted in serving pilgrims at Halat Ammar port during Hajj season 1432H.
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30Dec2011:- Call for Hajj tour operators who violate traffic plan to be punished

The National Committee for Haj and Umrah and the Traffic Department in Makkah have urged the Ministry of Haj to punish Haj tour operators and transport companies which disregard the rules set out in the city’s traffic plan designed to ensure the smooth transportation of the millions of pilgrims during the Hajj.
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28Dec2011:- MoU for Mashaer Path Project signed

Holy City of Makkah, Safar 3, 1433
Prince Khaled Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Makkah Region, Chairman of Development of Makkah and Holy Sites Commission, President of Executive Committee for Development of Informal Neighborhoods in Makkah and Executive Committee for Makkah Construction Project, patronized here today the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between two national companies to develop Mashaer Path Project, (the development of the old path to the Holy Sites). In a press statement, the Mayor of Makkah Dr. Osama bin Fadhel Al-Bar said that the Project’s costs are estimated at more than SR 6 billion.
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30Dec2011:- Umrah added to functions of Hajj Research Centre

Makkah, Safar 5, 1433
Dr. Bakri bin Maatooq Assas, Rector of Ummal Qura University, has lauded a decision taken by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who is also Prime Minister and Head of Higher Education Council, to change the name of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Center for Hajj Research, an affiliate of Ummal Qura University, to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Center for Hajj and Umrah Research.
In addition, the Higher Education Council has taken a decision to establish the Special Education Department at the Ummal Qura University.
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1Jan2012:- Review of Makkah Region’s Ten Year Plan

Holy City of Makkah, Safar 7, 1433
Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, Governor of Makkah region, Saturday reviewed the latest developments in the region’s ten-year plan. The Makkah regional plan is part of the comprehensive national plan and outlines all the projects required by the region until 1450H (2028G).
Prince Khaled Al-Faisal highlighted the importance of city as the strategic starting point for the region.
He was speaking during a meeting with the Under secretariat of the Emirate for Development Affairs in Makkah. It was attended by Dr. Abdulaziz Bin Abdullah Al-Khudhair, Under Secretary of Makkah region’s governorate.
In a related development, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal was also briefed by Darwesh Al-Ghamdi, Director General of Planning and Coordination, according to a report published today by the Jeddah-based Saudi Gazette.
Al-Ghamdi revealed that a total of 2,096 projects will be carried out in the plan’s first stage in many different sectors.
The plan, he said, aims for better socio-economic integration in the region, the establishment of new development centers and diversification of the economic base.
The development centers will raise the living standards of the citizens, he added.
“The efforts are guided by the relative advantage for the sites of activities and aim to benefit from available resources, improve the urban environment and upgrade infrastructure and public utilities,” he said.
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1Jan2012:- Indonesia: Demand for Hajj places can mean long waits

To ensure adequate accommodation and transport facilities in the Holy Placs, the Saudi Ministry of Hajj has to set quotas for Hajj visas for each country. The demand for Hajj visas in Indonesia is now so great that some applicants may have to wait 12 years to fulfil their desire to perform their journey of a lifetime.
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1Jan2012:- Praise and thanks for King Fahd Holy Quran Printing Complex

Riyadh, Safar 7, 1433
Prince Abdulaziz bin Majed bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Madinah region, has expressed his thanks to the Secretary General of King Fahd Complex for Printing the Holy Quran, Dr. Mohammed Salem bin Shadid Al-Awfi and all employees of the Complex for their laudable efforts in continuing provision of the best services to the visitors of the Prophet’s Mosque in implementation of the directives of the Saudi leadership in this regard.
The Prince has sent a reply cable of thanks to Dr. Al-Awfi on the occasion of the completion of Hajj works and the Complex’s participation in the Exhibition of Administration of Partnership in Hajj Works in Madinah.
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2Jan2012:- Dr Bandar Al Hajjar congratulated on appointment as Minister of Hajj

Riyadh, Safar 8, 1433
The President of the Holy Mosque of Makkah and Prophet’s Mosque Affairs Presidency Sheikh Saleh bin Abdulrahman Al-Hossein received here today the Minister of Hajj Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Hajjar and congratulated him on the royal trust in his appointment as Minister of Hajj.
During the meeting, they discussed ways of strengthening cooperation between the Presidency and the Ministry for providing the best services to pilgrims, Umrah performers and visitors of the Prophet’s Mosque in implementation of the directives of the Saudi Leadership.
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2Jan2012:- New Hajj Minister conducts first tour of Hajj establishments

New Minister of Hajj Dr Bandar Al Hajjar has undertaken his first tour of Hajj establishments since taking office. He called upon all Hajj officials to redouble their efforts to serve the Guests of God throughout their stay in the Kingdom.
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3Jan2012:- Haj and Umrah Security Forum

The main focus theme of this year’s Haj and Umrah Security Forum, entitled “Security is everyone’s responsibility”, is “Management and Organization of Crowds”. Opening the symposium in Riyadh, the Director of Public Security thanked Crown Prince Naif Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, for his patronage of the symposium.
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3Jan2012:- Crown Prince Naif to announce flood protection plans

Crown Prince Naif Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, is to announce permanent rain and flood prevention projects for the Jeddah Governorate and a schedule for contractor bidding, award of contracts and implmentation.
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2Jan2012:- Traffic jams on Al-Haramain Road to be tackled

The Director of Jeddah Traffic Administration has said that his department has sent the Jeddah Mayoralty a complete report reviweing current problems and offering solutions, including the suggestion that parking facilities be found for trucks outside Jeddah. The intention is to prevent trucks outside the governorate from using the road during peak hours.
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4Jan2012:- Crown Prince expresses thanks to Minister of Islamic Affairs

Riyadh, Safar 10, 1433
Crown Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior has expressed his thanks to Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance and General Supervisor of Holy Quran Competitions, Sheikh Saleh bin Abdulaziz Al Al-Sheikh after reviewing his cable on the occasion of the conclusion of 33rd session of King Abdulaziz International Competition for the Holy Quran Memorization, Intonation and Interpretation organized by the Ministry at the Holy Mosque of Makkah last month.
In a reply cable, the Crown Prince said,’ I thank you for your noble feelings and appreciate your distinguished efforts exerted in this great competition, wishing you all success.’
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3Jan2012:- Minister of Hajj visits several Pilgrim Guide Foundations

Holy City of Makkah, Safar 09, 1433
Dr. Bandar bin Mohammad Al-Hajjar, Minister of Hajj paid visits here today to South-East Asian, Turkish, Euro-American and Australian Pilgrims Guide Foundations.
In separate meetings with those in charge of the foundations, the Minister stressed that the Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques is keen to serve the pilgrims to perform their rituals easily and conveniently and discussed a number of issues of interest to serve the pilgrims.
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6Jan2012:- Record numbers of Umrah pilgrims expected in 2012

Following last year’s inlux of pilgrims into the Kingdom for Hajj and Umrah, the authorties are expecting record numbers of pilgrims in 2012. All government agencies and, in particular, Jeddah airport (KAIA) have been making preparations for the start of the Umrah season. There are new rules which all pilgrims must observe. Abdul Hameed Abal Ari, director general of KAIA, noted: “As part of the new Umrah plan, only pilgrims who have reserved return tickets for their departure will be allowed to enter the airport terminal.” KAIA will start receiving Umrah pilgrims from 24th January.
Abdul Hameed Abal Ari also revealed that last year had been the most successful Hajj operation for KAIA and had seen more than 2.5 million pilgrims pass through on 10,650 flights.
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6Jan2012:- Hajj Exhibition at British Museum, London

Arab News has published a feature article on the “Journey to Makkah” exhibition which opens at the British Museum in London on Jan. 26 and runs for three months. The article focuses on the assembling of a mahmal, a square cloth covered palanquin that carried a single copy of the Holy Qur’an.
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6Jan2012:- British Ambassador and the Hajj Exhibition at the British Museum

In a general talk about the excellent relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom, Sir Tom Phillips, British Ambassador to the Kingdom, mentioned the upcoming Hajj Exhibition to be held at the British Museum to take place at the British Museum in London starting on on Jan. 26: ““What also seems to me to be wonderful about the Haj pilgrimage is how it brings together people from so many nations, and so many walks of life, around a shared common aspiration. Such an exhibition without the support of Saudi Arabia would be difficult to imagine, while the support and cooperation of the King Abdul Aziz Public Library has been crucial.””
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9Jan2012:- Prince Salman receives citizens from Holy city of Makkah

Riyadh, Safar 15, 1433
Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Defense received here today a number of citizens from Makkah, who came to greet and congratulate him on the royal trust in his appointment as Minister of Defense.
The Prince expressed his thanks to them for their noble feelings, stressing the keenness of the Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Crown Prince on the provision of more services and development in the Two Holy Cities of Makkah and Madinah, in addition to the provision of best services to pilgrims, Umrah performers and visitors of the Prophet’s Mosque.
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10Jan2012:- Health plans include new Oncology center in Madinah

RIYADH, Safar 16, 1433
The Ministry of Health has approved 67 projects in its new 2012 budget worth SR7 billion, as part of its comprehensive healthcare strategy, said Dr. Khalid Al-Marghalani, the ministry’s spokesman, on Monday.
He said the ministry will build 12 new hospitals with 3,100 beds, in addition to clinics, oncology centers, dentistry centers and housing for hospital staff.
“These new hospitals will be built in several regions of the Kingdom based on need.”?
Fifteen clinics will be built in Riyadh, an oncology center in Madinah and a forensic medicine center in Jizan.
In addition, 262 hospitals will be supplied with emergency power generators and will have all their intensive care and emergency units improved, he added.
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9Jan2012:- Governor of Makkah focuses on region’s ambitious development program

Jeddah, Safar 15, 1433
Prince Khalid Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Makkah Region, highlighted the Regional Plan and the 10-year Plan as well as the renovations and changes that took place aiming to securing more development of the region.
In a press conference at Jeddah Helton, Prince Khalid Al-Faisal said Makkah Region administration is among the first in the Kingdom to have strictly executed its ten-year developmental plan.
He added that a number of governmental bodies in addition to research centers and universities have participated in forging the plan.
Now we have made great strides in the way to complete this giant development plan, he said, adding that Makkah Governorate hierarchy is among the most advanced in the Kingdom.
He said that within few years, the Governorate of Makkah has implemented most of the phases of the plan.
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11Jan2012:- Expansion of Quba Mosque in Madinah

Madinah, Safar 17, 1433
Governor of Madinah Region Prince Abdul-Aziz bin Majed bin Abdulaziz on Tuesday announced plans to develop Quba Mosque, Meeqat and King Abdul Aziz Civilization Center.
‘Appropriation of land for implementing the projects will cost SR200 million in the first phase,’ the Governor said, adding that the projects would be carried on the basis of studies conducted by consultancy offices.
He said the new projects would include expansion of Quba Mosque, establishment of gates at the entrances of Madinah and services to meet the requirements of Madinah people and visitors, according to a report published today by the Jeddah-based Arab News.
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11Jan2012:- Hajj sacrificial meat ships to West Africa

Jeddah, Safar 17, 1433
Distribution of Hajj-related sacrifice meats to beneficiaries in the West African nations began today, as shipload of 10,000 kg of frozen meats arrived in Banjul, Gambia.

The ship, then, will sail to Dakar, on Sunday to down load another 10,000 kg shipment of sacrifice meats to the needy Senegalese.

A mission of Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group is supervising the shipping of the meats.

On this occasion, IDB President Dr. Ahmed Mohammed Ali extended thanks and appreciation to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Crown Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior for their standing support to this great charitable program.

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13Jan2012:- A journey to Islam

Areej [Ella] Mora, a convert to Islam, gives a moving account of her journey from a strict Roman Catholic upbringing to the point when she embraced Islam. She tells of her three periods in the Kingdom, in the course of which she realised that the teaching of Islam resonated with her own convictions until, during her third period, she felt called to respond to the Adhan for Asr prayer and knew that she must make the Shahadah.
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12Jan2012:- A first Hajj

Denja Abdullahi, a well-known Nigerian poet who performed Haj for the first time in 2011, gives an account in Arab News of his journey to the Holy Land to perform the pilgrimage. He ends his account:
“I left Makkah for the onward journey back home through Jeddah with a feeling of spiritual fulfillment, a much fitter body and with loads of tales to tell and souvenirs to give the eagerly waiting family and friends.”
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14Jan2012:- Contract for second phase of Haramain project signed

Riyadh, Safar 20, 1433
The Minister of Finance and Chairman of Public Investment Fund, Dr. Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf, and Minister of Transport and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Saudi Railroads Organization Dr. Jubarah bin Eid Al-Suraiseri signed here today a contract worth more than SR 30.8 billion with Al-Shu’lah Consortium for implementation of the second phase of Haramain High Speed Train Project.
The ceremony was attended by Spain’s Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia, Development Minister Ana Pastor, and Spanish Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Pablo Bravo.
Addressing the ceremony, Prince Abdulaziz bin Mishaal bin Abdulaziz, Chief Executive Officer of Al-Shu’alah Holding Group and President of Saudi-Spanish Alliance for Haramain Train Project emphasized the importance of the train project and its role in the service of pilgrims and Umrah performers.
He said the project started more than five years ago and that it was studied very carefully to bring about the best and latest technologies to run a high-speed train between the holy sites which is characterized by measures of global safety and comfort in implementation of the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to provide the best services and latest technologies to serve citizens, visitors, pilgrims and Umrah performers.
The Prince expressed his thanks to and appreciation of the King for his great services to the homeland and its citizens.
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16Jan2012:- Hajj Minister meets Gambian Ambassador

Riyadh, Safar 22, 1433
Minister of Hajj Dr. Bandar bin Mohammad Hajjar met here today the ambassador of the Republic of Gambia Omar Gabriel Sala.
The meeting dealt with issues related to the affairs of pilgrims in Gambia and efforts exerted by the Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz to facilitate the performance of Hajj by pilgrims in ease and comfort.
For his part, the ambassador hailed the gigantic projects undertaken by the Kingdom, especially the expansion of the Two Holy Mosques and the Holy Sites.
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15Jan2012:- More trees for the streets of the Holy City of Makkah

Makkah, Safar 21, 1433
The Governorate of Makkah has awarded 3 projects worth more than 40 million to a number of national companies specialized in agricultural fields for the Afforestation of streets in Makkah.
The Director General of Gardens Eng. Zaki Bin Omar Hariri pointed out that more than 90% of other two projects worth SR 20 million for the Afforestation of streets in Makkah, have been completed.
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17Jan2012:- Charity distributes 5,000 hot meals a day

In a sprit of benevolence and as a way of reducing begging in the Holy City, the Ihsan and Takaful Welfare Society has started distributing about 5,000 fresh, hygienically packed hot meals daily among poor Makkhans, pilgrims and visitors to the Grand Mosque.
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16Jan2012:- King Faisal International Prize winners announced

Riyadh, Safar 22, 1433
Prince Khalid Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Makkah Region and Director General of King Faisal Foundation and Chairman of King Faisal International Prize’s Commission, said that the Prize is a step taken by King Faisal Foundation to honor and support intellectuals and scientists.
This came in a speech delivered by Prince Khalid during the King Faisal International Prize 2012 award ceremony held here today.
The Prize’s Secretary General Dr. Abdullah bin Salih Al-Othaimeen announced the winners as follows: Suleiman bin Abdulaziz Al-Rajhi, for Service of Islam; Prof. Adnan bin Mohammed Al-Wazzan, for Islamic Studies; Egyptian Dr. Ali Helmi Ahmed Moussa and Egyptian Dr. Nabil Ali Mohammed, for Arabic Language and Literature; US Prof. Richard Berquits and US Prof. James Bruce, for Medicine; and U.S. Prof. Alexander Farzewski, for Science.
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18Jan2012:- Preparatory Hajj Committee formed at Ministry of Health

Riyadh, Safar 24, 1433
The Minister of Health, Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabiah has issued a decision on the formation of Preparatory Hajj Committees of Ministry of Health under the chairmanship of the Ministry’s Undersecretary for Planning and Development Dr. Mohamed Hamza Khoshaim and membership of a number of undersecretaries and directors general.
The decision came within the framework of the Ministry’s early preparations for Hajj season for the year 1433 AH.
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17Jan2012:- Sacrifical meat sent to Mauritania

Jeddah, Safar 23, 1433
Islamic Development Bank shipped a sizable quantity of Pilgrim-slaughtered sacrifice meat earmarked for Mauritania, expected to arrive on Jan. 24, 2012.
In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the Supervisor of the Saudi program to take advantage of Pilgrim-slaughtered sacrifices meat Hifan bin Ahmed Al-Shamrani, praised all those who contributed to ship the consignment to beneficiaries.
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19Jan2012:- Workshops prepare for the Umrah season

All government departments and agencies are ordered by Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, Emir of Makkah region, to make the fullest preparations for this year’s Umrah season, to ensure pilgrims enjoy a safe and secure environment. To this end, workshops be held monthly to discuss the best way to prepare for the season.
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18Jan2012:- MoU between Madinah’s Islamic University and University of Malaya

Holy City of Madinah, Safar 24, 1433
Madinah-based Islamic University and the University of Malaya has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
The MoU aims at enhancing the exchange of scientific and educational experiences in a way that serves the interest of the two countries.
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20Jan2012:- King Fahd gift of Sitara textile displayed at British Museum

A sitara textile which was a gift to the sanctuary from late King Fahd and has been loaned to the British Museum by the King Abdul Aziz Public Library in Saudi Arabia. The sistara, amde in 2003, covered the door of the Holy Qaaba and measures 34 meters in width and and 65 meters in height.
The major exhibition, organised by The British Museum and the King Abdul Aziz Public Library under the name “Haj: Journey to the heart of Islam” opens to the public at the British Museum on 26 January.
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20Jan2012:- Preparations underway for the Umrah season

Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, Governor of the Makkah region, has exhorted all those involved (Government departments and agencies) to make sure all possible preparations are made to ensure that pilgrims throughout the Umrah season are safe and secure.
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20Jan2012:- Major Hajj Exhibition in London

London, Safar 26, 1433
In collaboration and partnership with King Abdulaziz Public Library, the British Museum here has meticulously finished all preparations for the opening ceremony of the major hajj exhibition entitled ‘Hajj: Journey to The Heart of Islam’ to be held on January 26, 2012.

It will be the first major exhibition committed to the Hajj, exploring the importance and history of this religious journey to be hosted ever by the British capital.

The exhibition will highlight in details how more than three million Muslims perform annually the fifth pillar of Islam pillars.

It will also highlight the efforts being exerted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in serving pilgrims and the development and expansion of Makkah and its holy Mosque as well as other holy sites to accommodate the annual increasing numbers of the pilgrims and visitors and to facilitate their performance of Hajj.

In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Qaisra Khan, project curator in the department of the Middle East section at the British Museum said that the Hajj exhibition will provide details on the importance of Hajj.

She also said that the exhibition explains the importance of pilgrimage since the early days of starting this Islamic ritual, and also displays the first Hajj journey of the Prophet Mohammed peace be upon him.

‘The exhibition is also touring during the Hajj journey with time and geography to our present days in addition to reviewing the meanings of Hajj, which highlights the fact that the pilgrimage is a ritual, and a peaceful phenomenon, and that Islam is a religion of peace, since that nobody in the Hajj journey can dare to hurt the feelings of others or anyone,’ Ms. Khan asserted.

She also termed the exhibition as a great opportunity for non-Muslims to identify closely with Hajj as one of Islam’s pillars.

For his part, the British museum’s director, Neil MacGregor, said the Hajj exhibition’s importance is highlighted from several aspects, since it provides an opportunity for the museum itself to present to its visitors whether from the UK or around the world how millions of Muslims perform Hajj rituals, from its religious part.

In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), MacGregor also said that the message of the exhibition has cultural and historical sides, highlighting the importance of the exhibition in enabling the non-Muslim visitors to live the Hajj journey and its experience and to become aware of its meaning and importance’.

The exhibition includes new photos, recent and old movies as well as models with which King Abdulaziz Public Library provided the museum, reflecting the big jumps of development witnessed by Makkah and the holy sites as a result of the great attention accorded to them by the prudent leadership of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since the era of the late founder King Abdulaziz bin Abdurrahman Al-Saud, until the auspicious era of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

Commenting on the exhibition, the British author and commentator Karen Armstrong highlighted the meanings of Hajj, such as peace, tolerance, noting that these meanings were clear in the biography of Prophet Mohammed peace be upon him.

In a statement to SPA, the writer Armstrong also said that ‘Hajj’s Journey Exhibition is a wonderful opportunity to understand each other,’.

‘I think that the exhibition will represent for non-Muslims an opportunity for a deep understanding of Islam from its spiritual and its quest for peace instead of the myths circulating in the Western media about Islam,’ she added.

For her part, Dr. Venetia Porter, Curator of the Islamic Collections in the Department of Asia at the British Museum drew the attention that the exhibition is an important occasion for them in the museum, because no-one has ever to stage such a show and at this level,’.

In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Dr. Porter also said that ‘in fact, the pilgrimage journey is important and interesting,’.

On the other hand, all those senior officials at the British museum asserted the efforts exerted and big role played by both the Saudi embassy in the United Kingdom and King Abdulaziz Public Library (KAPL) to the museum.
Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz, Saudi ambassador to the United Kingdom, formed a committee under his own chairmanship and members from KPAL and the Saudi embassy.

This committee holds meeting weekly since signing the understanding agreement between the British Museum and KPAL to provide all capabilities to ensure the success of ??the exhibition and provide the true image of the meaning of Islamic tolerance, peace, unity and brotherhood that arise in the performance of the fifth pillar of Islam, in addition to the efforts of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to serve the pilgrims in Makkah, Madinah and Holy Sites.

Activities of Hajj’s Journey exhibition at the British Museum will be concluded on April 15, 2012.

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22Jan2012:- Travel website names Jeddah’s Hajj Terminal as

Jeddah, Safar 28, 1433
The sprawling 120-acre Hajj Terminal at Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) tops the list of best airports around the world.
The list of the world’s best and worst airports was released by popular travel website Frommers.com recently.
The travel guide publisher says the best and worst choices were based on cleanliness, services, on-time departures, navigation and the ease of getting to and from a city’s center.
The KAIA Haj Terminal took the top spot with its 210 “stunning”? white fiberglass tents that have a cooling effect on the hot desert air. The terminal is only open six weeks per year to cater for the millions of travelers who come to the Kingdom on pilgrimage to Makkah, the website was quoted as saying by the Jeddah-based Saudi Gazette.
During this six-week period, it is one of the busiest airport terminals in the world.
Two years ago, the terminal received an American Institute of Architects award for its architectural design “that has stood the test of time for 25 years”.
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22Jan2012:- Makkah flyover transport study to be submitted for consideration

Holy City of Makkah, Safar 28, 1433
Prince Khalid Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Makkah Region and Chairman of Higher Commission for Monitoring Pilgrims Transport has directed that the results of the study reached by the Center of Excellence for Hajj and Umrah Research at the University of Umm Al-Qura on ‘The possibility of using flyover transport technology in Makkah’ shall be submitted to Follow-up Committee of Public Transport in Makkah and the Holy Sites to take advantage of the study to solve transport problems in Makkah during Hajj and Ramadan seasons.
The Prince has issued his directives after reviewing a report presented to him by Rector of Umm Al-Qura University, Dr. Bakri bin Matouk Asas on the results of the Center of Excellence on possibility of using flyover transport technology in Makkah.
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22Jan2012:- Minister of Hajj receives Indian Ambassador

Riyadh, Safar 28, 1433
The Minister of Hajj, Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Hajjar received here today India’s ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Hamed Ali Rao.
During the meeting, they discussed a number of topics relating to the affairs of pilgrims and Umrah performers from India and the services provided to all visitors of the Two Holy Mosques.
For his part, the Indian ambassador, hailed the efforts and services of the Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and highlighted the gigantic projects and achievements realized at the Two Holy Mosques in Makkah and Madinah as well as other Holy sites including the Jamarat Bridge Expansion Project and ‘Mashaer’ Train Project to serve pilgrims and visitors, easing performance of Hajj and Umrah rituals in a tranquil atmosphere.
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22Jan2012:- Free Indonesian language program to imrpove communication

The information, social and cultural affairs officer of the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia, Fauzy Chusny, has announced that the Consulate is offering a free Indonesian language course for Saudis and other interested people starting on 3rd March. Amongst other cultural and practical benefits, it is hoped the course will help Saudi volunteers to handle and assist Indonesian pilgrims during their visit to the Kingdom.
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22Jan2012:- Hajj Exhibition to counter prejudice

Karen Armstrong argues in the Guardian that the West’s view of Islam is still distorted by the Crusades and suggests that the major exhibition at the British Museum, “Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam”, will help Westerners to understand that, in essence, Islam is non-violent and inclusive.
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24Jan2012:- Development plan for Holy City of Madinah

Holy City of Madinah, Rabi’I 1, 1433
Governor of Madinah Region Prince Abdulaziz bin Majed bin Abdulaziz has been briefed on a comprehensive plan to develop Madinah at the headquarters of the Madinah Development Authority on Monday.
The plan, prepared by a consultancy firm, seeks to achieve a balanced development for the city, and outlines the present and future needs of the city to make it a global model.
The city will also preserve its Islamic and cultural heritage and resources according to the plan.
The plan also provides for residential and utility requirements of pilgrims whose number is projected to grow in huge numbers in the coming years.
Prince Abdul Aziz bin Majed said the comprehensive plan was made at the royal orders of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. “The plan will be submitted to the King for approval,” he added.
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25Jan2012:- Saudi Ambassador to UK speaks on Hajj Exhibition and pilgrim services

London, Rabi’I 2, 1433
Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Ambassador to the United Kingdom held a press conference at the Saudi Embassy in London on Tuesday.
The conference was attended by General Supervisor of King Abdulaziz Public Library Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muammar and a large number of British, Western and Arab journalists and media representatives.
Addressing the conference, Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz talked about big expansion projects in Makkah and the holy sites on the occasion of holding ‘The Exhibition of Hajj: A Journey to the Heart of Islam’ in cooperation between the Saudi Library and the British Museum.
He pointed out that the Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has mobilized all its potentials to serve pilgrims and Umrah performers, noting that the number of pilgrims last year amounted to 3 million, while the number of Umrah performers each year doubles this number.
The Prince said that the importance of Hajj makes it as the most significant issue to deal with by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and this is clear in the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and Crown Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, that all sectors should provide all means to care for security and comfort of pilgrims in Makkah, Madinah and the Holy sites.
Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf noted that the Exhibition celebrates Hajj and traces back the experiences of pilgrims in their journeys throughout the ages, indicating that it includes important artistic works and other materials from the archives of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The Prince pointed out that Hajj is an expression of peace, unity, equality and harmony among all men and women from different ages and countries.
In response to reporters’ questions, Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz said that preparations for the Exhibition have taken a long time, commending the British Museum and King Abdulaziz Public Library for their efforts in preparation of the Exhibition.
He pointed out that the interest in this Exhibition is a result from everyone’s keenness that the Exhibition, the first of its kind, highlights the true message of Islam and Muslims and introduces Hajj rituals to non-Muslims.
The Prince stressed that the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will not hesitate in spending generously on Makkah projects and whatever facilitates the performance of Hajj and Umrah rituals.
On his part, the General Supervisor of King Abdulaziz Public Library Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muammar pointed out that the Library is participating with the museum in the exhibition in a number of antiquities of high historical value including 51 antiquities.
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24Jan2012:- Hajj Exhibition emphasises Islam as religion of peace and tolerance

London, Rabi’I 1, 1433
Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi Ambassador to the United Kingdom called the Hajj-related Exhibition under the motto: Pilgrimage is a trip to the heart of Islam, which will be organized by the King Abdulaziz Public Library here in collaboration with the British Museum and take place here next week as an exceptional event.
In a statement he made to Saudi Press Agency (SPA) he said this event is a chance to highlight the innate image of tolerance and peace preached by Islam.
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24Jan2012:- Saudi Ambassador to the UK launches Hajj exhibtion website

London, Rabi’I 1, 1433
Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi Ambassador to the United Kingdom, launched at the premises of the Saudi Embassy here today, in the presence of the Supervisor General of King Abdulaziz Public Library Faisal bin Muammar, the website of the forthcoming Hajj-related Exhibition due to take place here next week.
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26Jan2012:- Hajj Exhibition opens in London today

London, Rabi’I 03, 1433
Exhibition of ‘Hajj: A Journey into the Heart of Islam’ opens here today in the British Museum.

This important event hosted by the British capital comes as a zenith of cooperation and partnership between the famous British Museum and King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives.

A large number of senior figures, dignitaries, local and world media organs are participating in this event.

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26Jan2012:- Hajj Exhibition opens in London

“Hajj: journey at the heart of Islam”, described as the first major exhibition devoted to Islam’s annual pilgrimage to the Holy City of Makkah, sets out to explain the purpose of the fifth pillar of Islam.
This major exhibition at the British Museum in London runs from 26 January 26 to 15 April.
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25Jan2012:- Minister of Hajj meets Sri Lankan Minister of Religious Affairs

Jeddah, Rabi’I 2, 1433
The Minister of Hajj, Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Hajjar met here today with Sri Lankan Minister of Religious Affairs and Head of Hajj Mission Abdul Hameed Mohammed Fawzi.
During the meeting, they discussed the arrangements and requirements of Sri Lankan pilgrims and Umrah performers for the year 1433AH.
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29Jan2012:- Governor of Madinah to patronise symposium on Prophet’s Rights

Holy City of Madinah, Rabi’I 6, 1433
Prince Abdulaziz bin Majed bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Madinah Region will patronize here on Tuesday a symposium entitled ‘Prophet’s Rights of His Nation’ to be organized by Islamic University of Madinah in cooperation with Global Organization for Introduction of Prophet Mohammed (Peace be upon him).
The Symposium will be attended by Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al Al-Sheikh, the Grand Mufti of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, President of Senior Scholars Council and General Presidency of Scholarly Research and Ifta, and Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulmohsen Al-Turki, the Secretary General of Muslim World League.
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28Jan2012:- Minister of Hajj meets Indian official

Jeddah, Rabi’I 5, 1433
The Minister of Hajj, Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Hajjar met here today with Indian Undersecretary of External Affairs Ministry Sanjay Singh.
The meeting dealt with issues relating to the affairs of Indian pilgrims and Umrah performers for the year 1433AH.
Sanjay Singh expressed his appreciation of the Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Crown Prince for their efforts and care for pilgrims and Umrah performers.

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27Jan2012:- ‘Hajj: Journey to the heart of Islam’ exhibition opens

London, Rabi’I 4, 1433
Prince Charles, Heir Apparent to the British Throne and Prince of Wales, opened here last night the exhibition of ‘Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam’ in the British Museum in London.
At the opening ceremony, Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Member of the Board of Directors of King Abdulaziz Public Library, delivered a speech in which he highlighted the efforts exerted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to serve the pilgrims.
He said ‘In 1925, the area of the Grand Mosque did not exceed 30,000 sqm accommodating 100,000 pilgrims. After the expansion of the Grand Mosque during the reign of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, the area of the Grand Mosque exceeded one million sqm accommodating more than three million pilgrims.’
The projects conducted during the reign of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz included the construction of three sites with 12 floors for throwing stones, accommodating five million pilgrims; the establishment of Makkah Watch which is the largest and highest watch in the world; the operation of Holy Sites Train to transport more than two million pilgrims; and the establishment of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Project for Zamzam Water which ensures the purity of Zamzam water, automatically packaging Zamzam water and distribute millions of liters to the pilgrims,’ Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah said.
‘The efforts of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia aim at bringing peace to the whole world through the initiatives of the man of peace, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, and his humanitarian projects that aim at the service of Hajj and the development of the holy sites in Makkah’, Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah added.
For his part, Prince Charles delivered a speech in which he said ‘I wanted to pay tribute, if I may, to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques who, in accordance with Islamic teaching, generously hosts Hajjis making the pilgrimage to Makkah, providing remarkable practical and logistic facilities. This recalls the hospitality shown to earlier pilgrims by the families of the Prophet Mohammed, itself following a noble tradition reaching back to Abraham who built the original Ka’ba.’
‘I am sure you will see that, by gathering together a remarkable collection of treasures from across the world, this exhibition brings to life the very human stories of the countless generations who have completed the Hajj through the ages – from Singapore to Istanbul, from Nanjing to Mombasa. Through the vivid images and artifacts on display, the exhibition reveals the truly universal character of the Hajj,’ Prince Charles said.
The opening ceremony was attended by Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Ambassador to the United Kingdom; and a number of princes and officials.
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30Jan2012:- Journey to the Heart of Islam

Arifa Akbar is impressed by the British Museum exhibition in London which attempts to convey the spiritual significance of the Hajj, the journey to the heart of Islam, the fifth pillar of the religion, but explains that the true significance of the great pilgrimage lies not in the objects of veneration but in the shared experience of worship with millions of others.
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30Jan2012:- MWL discussions with Islamic University of Kerala on cooperation

Makkah, Rabi’I 07, 1433, January 30, 2012, SPA — Secretary General of Muslim World League (MWL) Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulmohsen Al-Turki received at his office here today Deputy Chairman of the Islamic University in Kerala Dr. Abdulsalam Ahmed and the accompanying delegation including professors and academicians, currently on a visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
During the meeting, they discussed means of cooperation between MWL and Islamic University in Kerala.
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1Feb2012:- Symposium on Prophet’s Rights

Holy City of Madinah, Rabi’I 9, 1433
Prince Abdulaziz bin Majed bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Madinah Region patronized here yesterday evening a symposium entitled ‘Prophet’s Rights of His Nation’ organized by Islamic University of Madinah in cooperation with Global Organization for Introduction of Prophet Mohammed (Peace be upon him).
Addressing the Symposium, Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al Al-Sheikh, the Grand Mufti of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, President of Senior Scholars Council and General Presidency of Scholarly Research and Ifta, said that one of the Prophet’s greatest rights of his nation is to clarify that his message is addressed to the whole world and, mercy for all peoples, calling on Muslims all over the world to adhere to and follow up Prophet’s Sunnah.
In another speech, Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulmohsen Al-Turki, the Secretary General of Muslim World League said, ‘The Global Organization for Introduction of Prophet Mohammed (Peace be upon him) has been supported by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Crown Prince, as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was founded on the Islamic religion.’
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31Jan2012:- Minister of Hajj receives Sudan’s Minister of Guidance and Endowments

Jeddah, Rabi’I 8, 1433
Minister of Hajj, Dr Bandar Bin Mohammad Hajjar received here today Sudan’s Minister of Guidance and Endowments Khaleel Abdullah Ali.
The meeting dealt with discussions on issues relating to the affairs of Sudanese pilgrims and Umrah performers.
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3Feb2012:- Prince Charles tour of Hajj Exhibition

After opening the exhibition and following a tour of some of the key exhibits, Prince Charles, heir the the British throne, described “Journey to the Heart of Islam”, the exhibition about the Haj at the British Museum in London, as remarkable and splendid.
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6Feb2012:- Hajj exhibition in London to enlighten non-Muslims

The Hajj Exhibition at the British Museum in London, under the title “Hajj: journey to the Heart of Islam”, is not only an opportunity for Muslims to see some of the most outstanding exhibits related to the Hajj but is also an opportunity for non-Muslims to understand the true nature and significance of Islam’s fifth pillar.
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5Feb2012:- Secretary of MWL receives Indian delegation

Makkah, Rabi’I 13, 1433
Secretary General of Muslim World League (MWL) Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulmohsen Al-Turki received here today an Islamic delegation from the University of Kerala in India under the chairmanship of Sheikh Dr. Abdul Shakur Al-Qassimi.
During the meeting, they discussed issues of common interest between the two sides and prospects of holding a joint symposium on Prophet’s Hadith in India under the auspices of Muslim World League.
Dr. Al-Turki expressed the League’s keenness on cooperation in the service of Islam and Muslims.
On his part, Dr. Al-Qassimi expressed the University’s desire for continuing cooperation and holding Islamic activities under MWL supervision.
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5Feb2012:- Minister of Hajj meets Philippines Ambassador

Riyadh, Rabi’I 13, 1433
The Minister of Hajj, Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Hajjar met here today Philippine Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Izzeddin Tajo.
During the meeting, they discussed matters relating to the affairs of Philippine pilgrims and Umrah performers for this year.
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7Feb2012:- Holy Mosque projects to cost SR2 billion this year

Referring to provisions made in the 2011 budget, Muhammad bin Nasser Al-Khozaim, deputy head of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah noted that the cost in the current year of various projects at the two Holy Mosques, including maintenance and cleaning operations, will amount to more than SR2 billion.
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7Feb2012:- 19 flights mark start of Umrah season

Jeddah, Rabi’I 15, 1433
The first flights carrying Umrah (minor Hajj) performers started to arrive at the Jeddah-based King Abdulaziz International Airport, it was reported.
Nineteen flights, from Turkey, Algeria and Iran in addition to other Islamic countries, have already landed in the airport carrying 4700 passengers intending to perform the rite.
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7Feb2012:- Minister of Hajj meets US Consul General

Jeddah, Rabi’I 15, 1433
The Minister of Hajj, Dr. Bandar bin Mohammad Hajjar met here today the U.S. Consul General to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Thomas Duffy.
During the meeting, they discussed matters relating to the affairs of American pilgrims during this year’s (1433 AH) Hajj.
The Minister of Hajj informed the Consul General about the efforts undertaken by the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to execute large-scale expansions of the Two Holy Mosques and the Holy places under the guidance and the keenness of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, that are made available for the service of Islam and Muslims all over the world.
For his part, the U.S. Consul General expressed his great gratitude for the efforts of the Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the Crown Prince to provide extensive care and attention to enable pilgrims to perform their Hajj rituals in ease and contentment.
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7Feb2012:- Saudi Ambassador to Cameroon discusses Hajj-related matters

Yaounde, Rabi’I 15, 1433
Saudi Ambassador to Cameroon Mahmoud bin Hussein Qattan met here today with Minister of Land Management and Decentralization Affairs and Chairman of National Committee for Hajj in Cameroon, Rene Sadi.
During the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations between the two countries as well as issues pertaining to pilgrims from the Republic of Cameroon intending to perform this year’s Hajj.
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8Feb2012:- Saudi Minister in London for Hajj Exhibition

London, Rabi’I 16, 1433
Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi ambassador to the United Kingdom, met at his office in London last night with Eng. Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Al-Hussein, the Minister of Water and Electricity of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The minister is here to attend the ‘Hajj: a journey to the heart of Islam’ exhibition, currently ongoing at the British Museum in collaboration with the Riyadh-based King Abdulaziz Public Library.
During the meeting, efforts exerted by the library to highlight a good profile of Islam to visitors of the exhibition were reviewed.
Later, the ambassador held a banquet in honor of the minister attended by a number of princes, and diplomats.
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7Feb2012:- Hajj matters discussed in Cameroon

Yaounde, Rabi’I 15, 1433
Saudi Ambassador to Cameroon Mahmoud bin Hussein Qattan met here today with Minister of Land Management and Decentralization Affairs and Chairman of National Committee for Hajj in Cameroon, Rene Sadi.
During the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations between the two countries as well as issues pertaining to pilgrims from the Republic of Cameroon intending to perform this year’s Hajj.
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7Feb2012:- London’s ICC organises Interfaith celebration

London, Rabi’I 15, 1433
The Islamic Cultural Centre (ICC) in London organized here today the World Interfaith Harmony Week between followers of all religions called by the General Assembly of the United Nations in October of 2010 by establishing a cultural symposium stresses the importance of dialogue and convergence between the followers of different religions and cultures as basic rules for the establishment of trust, understanding and mutual understanding among people of faith communities in the United Kingdom.

The ICC which enjoys the patronage of the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, also held an Islamic exhibition tells the radiation light of Islam from Makkah in Saudi Arabia through the message brought by Prophet Mohammed peace be upon.
On the occasion, Dr. Ahmed Almkhaddom, Director of Muslim World League (MWL) London Office highlighted the initiative launched by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in June of 2008 for the need to establish a dialogue between Muslims and Christians to confirm the idea of ??a world of justice, peace and security and the firm desire of Muslims in peaceful coexistence and positive interaction with the followers of other religions and cultures.

The ceremony was attended by several members of the British House of Lords; a number of members of the diplomatic corps from Arab and Muslim world, including Abdulrahman A.A. Al-Suhaibani, Minister Plenipotentiary at the Saudi Embassy in the United Kingdom and a group of professors and specialists in the field of the dialogue between followers of different religions and cultures.

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11Feb2012:- Malaysia hosts Annual Conference of Islamic Forum 2012

Kuala Lumpur, Rabi’I 19, 1433
Malaysia will host the Annual Conference of Islamic Forum 2012 in the City of Putrajaya on Sunday with the participation of investors from Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, Qatar, Sudan, and Egypt, representing real estate, construction, trade, health, oil, gas, and transportation fields.
The two-day conference focuses on investment and trade opportunities in Malaysia.
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13Feb2012:- Agreement on lunar calculations sought

Many prominent figures including religious scholars, experts in jurisprudents and astronomers have gathered in the Holy City of Makkah to attend an international conference which is to attempt to eliminate differences in lunar calculations for Haj as well as Eid festivals.
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13Feb2012:- Municipal projects for Holy Cities approved

Riyadh, Rabi’I 20, 1433, Feb 12, 2012, SPA – Prince Dr. Mansour bin Miteb bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs has approved municipal projects worth more than SR 447 million with national companies to be implemented in various regions of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The projects will be implemented in Makkah, Madinah, Riyadh, Jeddah, Eastern Region, Ahsa Governorate, and Asir Region.
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14Feb2012:- Pakistan: Applications for Hajj to start in March

Pakistani pilgrims have been advised to obtain their machine readable passport (MRPs)- which are now a prerequisite for proceeding on Haj – at the earliest opportunity as the process of receiving applications for Haj under the government scheme is expected to begin in March.
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13Feb2012:- Egyptians arrive in Yanbu seaport on way to perform Umrah

Yanbu, Rabi’I 21, 1433
More than 600 Egyptian Umrah performers arrived at Yanbu Commercial Seaport on board a ferry coming from Safaja Seaport of the Arab Republic of Egypt, which is the first ferry in this year’s Umrah season.
The concerned authorities at Yanbu Seaport completed quickly their entry procedures; and the remaining Umrah journeys will take place according to schedules of their arrivals.
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14Feb2012:- Conference of Lunar Months ends

Holy City of Makkah, Rabi’I 22, 1433
Under the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Conference On Lunar Months and Astronomical Calculations, which was organized by Islamic Jurisprudence Academy affiliated with Muslim World League, concluded here yesterday its two-day meetings.
In its final statement, the Conference said that the confirmation of the start and end of lunar months can be done by sighting whether with eyes or astronomical observatories and systems, noting that Sharia does not forbid benefitting from modern sciences such as astronomical calculations and technologies of advanced observatories.
The Conference commends efforts of some Islamic countries in the field of observation and establishment of astronomical observations, particularly the efforts of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia represented by King Abdulaziz City For Science and Technology (KACST) in this regard.
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13Feb2012:- Quest for uniform lunar calculations

An international conference is discussing the possibility of finding some means of unifying the calculations of dates for key events in the Islamic calendar. Grand Mufti and President of the Senior Scholars’ Commission Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheik said in his speech: ““We are not waging a war with astronomy. But we don’t want to exceed the proper bounds of the Islamic Shariah when making lunar calculations”.
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16Feb2012:- Kingdom issued 9.5 million religious visas last year

The Kingdom issued 9.5 million religious visas last year, an 11.3 percent increase from 2010; further substantial growth is expected. The Saudi Government is investing heavily in infrastructure to ensure pilgrims can perform pilgrimage safely and securely.
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16Feb2012:- Need to unify dates based on lunar calculations

At the recent meeting held by the Islamic Fiqh Academy in the Holy City of Makkah, Kuwaiti scholar and researcher Dr. Mohammad Al-Tabtabaei, called for efforts to find a way to unify calculations of dates based on the lunar calendar for relgious events.
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14Feb2012:- Director of Saudi Arabia Airlines in UK praises Hajj Exhibtion

London, Rabi’I 22, 1433
The Director of Saudi Arabian Airlines in Britain and Ireland, Rashid bin Mohammad Ala’ajmi hailed Tuesday the holding of the exhibition ‘Hajj: A Journey to the Heart of Islam’ at the British Museum in London.
In a statement to Saudi Press Agency here this morning, he said the exhibition contained comprehensive information on Hajj and efforts being exerted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in this field.
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18Feb2012:- President of CAR praises Kingdom’s services for pilgrims

Bangui, Rabi’I 26, 1433
The President of Central African Republic Francois Bozize received here yesterday Saudi Ambassador to Cameroon Mahmoud bin Hussein Qattan currently on a working visit to the Republic of Central Africa.
During the meeting, the President sent his greetings to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, commending wise policies pursued by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its influential position at regional and international arenas.
He also praised services provided by the Saudi government for Hajj Mission of the Republic of Central Africa, stressing his country’s desire for the distinguished relations with Saudi Arabia in various fields.
For his part, Ambassador Qattan emphasized the keenness of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the Crown Prince on the development of relations between Saudi Arabia and African countries.
The meeting was attended by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Central African Republic Antoine Jambi.
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20Feb2012:- Rain-seeking prayers performed

Riyadh, Rabi’I 28, 1433
Rain-seeking prayers were performed today throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in line with the tradition of the Prophet (Peace be upon him).
The Prophet used to perform “Istisqa� (rain-seeking) prayers in case of drought or a delay in rainfall.
In Makkah and Madinah, the prayers were performed at the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque, respectively. They were attended by Prince Khalid Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz, the Governor of Makkah Region, and Prince Abdulaziz bin Majid bin Abdulaziz, the Governor of Madinah Region.
In Riyadh, Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz, the Governor of Riyadh region, attended the prayers at Imam Turki bin Abdullah Mosque. The prayers were led by the Kingdom’s Grand Mufti and President of the Council of Senior Scholars and General Presidency of Research and Ifta, Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al Al-Sheikh.
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19Feb2012:- Prince commend Holy Quran Memorisation Contest

Riyadh, Rabi’I 27, 1433
A number of princes have emphasized the importance of Local Competition of Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Award for Holy Quran Memorization for Boys and Girls to be organized by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance in Riyadh from February 27 to March 4.
In press statements on this occasion, the princes said that the success of the competition over 13 years reflects the great interest and support provided for this competition by Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Minister of Defense, who patronizes the competition, commending the great efforts exerted by Prince Salman in the service of the Holy Quran, its memorization, and propagation.
The princes prayed to Allah Almighty to crown Prince Salman’s efforts with full success in the service of his religion and homeland.
The princes included Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz, the Governor of Riyadh Region; Prince Mohammed bin Saad bin Abdulaziz, Vice Governor of Riyadh Region; Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, Chief of General Intelligence; Prince Mohammed bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Jazan Region; Prince Abdulrahman bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Kharj; Prince Abdulaziz bin Majed bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Madinah Region; Prince Dr. Mansour bin Miteb bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs; Prince Dr. Faisal bin Mishaal bin Saud bin Abdulaziz, Vice Governor of Qassim Region; Prince Mansour bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz, Advisor to the King; Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Mohammed, Minister of Education; and Prince Dr. Mishaal bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Musaed, Advisor at the Crown Prince’s Court.
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19Feb2012:- Praise for the Kingdom’s efforts to serve pilgrims

Holy City of Makkah, Rabi’I 27, 1433
Pakistan’s Minister of Religious Affairs Khurshid Ahmad Shah commended the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for giant projects implemented in the Holy Sites in the service of pilgrims, Umrah performers and visitors of the Prophet’s Mosque.
During a meeting with the Chairman of Board of Directors of Pilgrims-Guides Foundation of South Asia, Khurshid praised the Foundation for its services provided to pilgrims of South Asia including Pakistani pilgrims exceeding 160,000.
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19Feb2012:- Pakistan seeks increased Hajj quota

At a meeting at which Sauid Minister of Hajj Dr Bandar Al Hajjar and Pakistan’s Minister for Religious Affairs Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah discussed aspects of this year’s Hajj, Pakistan requested for an additional quota of 10,000 pilgrims for this year. The Saudi Minister of Hajj approved Pakistan’s request that all Pakistani pilgrims should be permitted to use the Mashair train facility.
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18Feb2012:- Minister of Hajj receives Pakistani Hajj Mission Delegation

Jeddah, Rabi’I 26, 1433
Minister of Hajj Dr. Bandar bin Mohammad Al-Hajjar met here today the visiting delegation of the Pakistani Hajj mission.
During the meeting, they discussed issues concerning Pakistani Hajj affairs organization in preparation for this year’s Hajj.
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21Feb2012:- Minister of Haj receives Algerian Haj Delegation

Jeddah, Rabi’I 29, 1433
Minister of Hajj Dr. Bandar bin Mohammad Hajjar received here today the Algerian Hajj delegation headed by Minister of Religious Affairs and Endowments, Bu Abdullah Mohammad Ghulam.
During the meeting, they discussed issues concerning the organization of the affairs of Algerian pilgrims who will perform Hajj of this year (1433 AH).
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22Feb2012:- Minister of Haj receives Pakistan’s Minister of Relgious Affairs

Jeddah, Rabi’I 30, 1433
Minister of Hajj Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Hajjar received here today the visiting Pakistani Minister of Religious Affairs Khorshid Ahmed Shah accompanied by the Undersecretary of the Ministry for Religious Affairs Shaukat Hayat Durani and the Jeddah-based Consul General Abdulsalik Khan.

During the meeting, the Pakistani Minister delivered to Hajjar a message addressed to the Crown Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior from the Pakistani Premier Syed Yusuf Riza Jailani.

At the end of the meeting, the two ministers co-signed a minute of agreement on the arrangements for Pakistan’s Hajj requirements for the current year 1433H (2012).

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22Feb2012:- Minister of Hajj receives delegation of Nigerian Hajj Mission

Jeddah, Rabi’I 30, 1433
Minister of Hajj Dr. Bandar bin Mohammad Hajjar received here today a delegation of Nigerian Hajj Mission led by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Nur Al-Din Muhammad.
During the meeting they discussed issues concerning the organization of the affairs of Nigerian pilgrims who will perform Hajj of this year (1433 AH).
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24Feb2012:- Hotel booking for Hajj have already begun

The Chairman of the Real Estate Committee of the Makkah Chamber of Commerce and Industry reports that, although the pilgrimage is more than seven months away, Haj missions and real estate brokers have already begun to reserve residential buildings and hotels for pilgrims.
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23Feb2012:- Prime Minister of Kuwait performs Umrah

Jeddah, Rabi’II 1, 1433
Sheikh Jabir Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, the Kuwaiti Premier, performed Umrah today. Upon arriving at the Grand Mosque, he was received by a number of officials. Sheikh Jaber Almubarak Alhamad Alsabah left Jeddah this evenin. At King Abdulaziz International airport, he was seen off by Prince Mishaal bin Majed bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Jeddah Province, senior protocol officials and Kuwait’s Consul General in Jeddah Saleh Al-Saq’abi.
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25Feb2012:- Prince Salman’s support for Holy Quran Memorisation Contest praised

Riyadh , Rabi’II 3, 1433
The Grand Mufti of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and President of Council of Senior Scholars and General Presidency of Scholarly Research and Ifta, Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Al-Sheikh has expressed his thanks to Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Defense, for his generous support to Local Competition of Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Award For Memorization of the Holy Quran For Boys and Girls due to be launched in its 14th session here on Monday.
On this occasion, the Grand Mufti prayed to Allah Almighty to crown the efforts of Prince Salman with full success in the service of Islam and Muslims, also thanking the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance for organizing this competition.
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25Feb2012:- Projects costing SR168 million being carried out in Makkah

Riyadh, Rabi’II 3, 1433
The Branch of Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance in Makkah Region is implementing projects at a cost of SR 168,890,765 for the fiscal year 1433/1434AH.
The Branch’s Acting Director General Sheikh Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Nasser has pointed out that the projects include the establishment of a number of mosques as well as mosques’ repairs and maintenance in Makkah Region, particularly the Holy Sites.
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26Feb2012:- Minister of Hajj receives Turkish Hajj Mission

Jeddah, Rabi’II 3, 1433, Feb 25, 2012, SPA — The Minister of Hajj, Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Hajjar met here today with Turkish Hajj Mission led by the President of Religious Affairs Mohammed Komaz.
During the meeting, they reviewed issues pertaining to the Turkish pilgrims and Umrah performers.
The Turkish official praised the facilities being extended by the Kingdom to the pilgrims.
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27Feb2012:- More evidence that foreign access to Saudi stock market is imminent

The Saudi authorities have given regulatory approval to Japanese bank Nomura to allow it to offer foreign investors access to Saudi Arabia’s stock market. Nomura is one on a number of foreign banks preparing for anticipated stock market liberalization in the Kingdom.
Al Arabiya News
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27Feb2012:- Donations to Holy Quran Memorisation Charities via SMS set up

Riyadh, Rabi’II 5, 1433, Feb 27, 2012, SPA – The Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance; and Chairman of Supreme Council of Holy Quran Memorization Charitable Societies, Sheikh Saleh bin Abdulaziz Al Al-Sheikh will inaugurate here tomorrow a unified number (5051) for donation service to the Societies via Short Message Service ‘SMS’.
The Ministry’s Supervisory Directorate General of the Project of Donation Collection for the Societies’ Charitable Fund has pointed out that the unified number is 5051, account number (sa9380000500608010005002), Directorate General of Al-Rajhi Bank, under direct supervision of Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency ‘SAMA’.
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25Feb2012:- Ministry of Hajj accuses some Umrah companies of failing pilgrims

The Ministry of Haj has blamed some Umrah companies and their foreign agents of failing to fulfil their responsibilities to pilgrims. It has issued a long list of the Umrah companies’ responsibilities which every Umrah company must discharge.
Saudi Gazette

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28Feb2012:- Crown Prince approves healthcare aid for Sierra Leone

Riyadh, Rabi’II 6, 1433
Crown Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier, Minister of Interior, and Chairman of Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, has approved the provision of medical assistance to Free Health Care Program in the Republic of Sierra Leone.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabiah expressed his thanks to and appreciation of the Crown Prince for this generous gesture which reflects the leadership’s keenness on supporting Arab and Islamic peoples emanating from tolerant Islamic religion calling for solidarity and assisting needy people, noting that the Ministry of Health will provide Sierra Leone with medical supplies weighing 20 tons.
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27Feb2012:- Sacrificial meat reaches Sudan

Jeddah, Rabi’II 5, 1433
A ship laden with 5,000 heads of Hajj-related slaughtered sacrifice meat arrived to Port Sudan today, within the Saudi project to distribute Hajj-related slaughtered meats, administered by the Islamic Development Bank (IDB).

Another same frozen meat shipment on a second ship is set to arrive to Port Sudan on Wednesday, to be distributed in Khartoum state under the aegis of IDB mission in Sudan.

This project is scheduled to distribute more than 200,000 heads of slaughtered meats to beneficiaries in 24 African as well as Asian countries, via land and sea.

On this occasion, Dr. Ahmed Mohammed Ali, President of the IDB Group, extended gratitude and appreciation to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Crown Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for their support for this project.

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29Feb2012:- Separate lodgings for female pilgrims essential

The Ministry of Hajj has made it clear to Umrah companies that they must ensure female pilgrims are provided with separate accommodation, as required by Shariah law. “Legal action will be taken against those who don’t comply with the ministry’s rules or who provide substandard services to the Umrah pilgrims in Makkah and Madinah.
Saudi Gazette

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29Feb2012:- Minister of Hajj meets Head of Russian Hajj Mission

Jeddah, Rabi’II 7, 1433
The Minister of Hajj, Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Hajjar met here today with Vice President of Russian Federal Council and Head of Hajj Mission, Ilyas Mohammed Salam Omakhanov and his accompanying delegation.
During the meeting, they discussed matters relating to the affairs of Russian pilgrims for the year 1433AH.
On his part, the Russian Official commended the Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and the Crown Prince for its efforts and care for all pilgrims, also praising gigantic projects in the Holy Sites, as well as the expansion of the Two Holy Mosques.
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28Feb2012:- Minister of Hajj receives Bangladeshi Hajj Mission Delegation

Jeddah, Rabi’II 06, 1433
Minister of Hajj Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Hajjar met at his office here today with the Bangladeshi Hajj mission, headed by Minister of state at Ministry of Religious Affairs of Bangladesh Mohammad Shah Miah.
During the meeting, they discussed issues pertaining to ways of better provide comfort for pilgrims coming from Bangladesh to perform Hajj, including housing, movements and procedural awareness.
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29Feb2012:- IIROSA assists Syrian refugees

Jeddah, Rabi’II 7, 1433
International Islamic Relief Organization of Saudi Arabia (IIROSA), an affiliate of Muslim World League, has provided relief assistance for Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan.
The Organization has provided 1,600 Syrian refugee families with food baskets in Lebanon and 1,200 Syrian families in Jordan.
Each family has received one food basket weighing 23 kilograms to meet its needs for one month.
IIROSA Secretary General Dr. Adnan Basha has called on local, regional and international humanitarian relief organizations to provide relief assistance to Syrian refugees displaced from their country due to the current political unrest.
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4Mar2012:- Prince Salman receives Sec. Gen.l of MWL

Riyadh, Rabi’II 11, 1433, Mar 4, 2012, SPA – Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Defence, received here today the Secretary General of Muslim World League (MWL), Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulmohsen Al-Turki and his accompanying delegation.
During the meeting, the Prince expressed his pride over the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s support for the League and its roles in the service of Islam and Muslims.
For his part, Dr. Al-Turki expressed his thanks to and appreciation of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Crown Prince, and Minister of Defense, for their support for the League and its activities.
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3Mar2012:- Governor of Makkah reviews Hajj plan with Minister of Hajj

The Governor of Makkah Prince Khaled Al-Faisal and the Minister of Haj Bandar Al-Hajjar have met to discuss the Ministry’s 25-year strategic plan to improve services to the millions of pilgrims who come to the Kingdom every year.
Arab News

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5Mar2012:- Pakistan’s ambassador to Kingdom has talks with Minister of Hajj

Pakistan Ambassador to the Kingdom Muhammad Naeem Khan has had a meeting with Haj Minister Bandar bin Mohammad Hajjar in Riyadh yesterday at which issues relating to bilateral cooperation between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to facilitate Haj operations were discussed.
Arab News

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4Mar2012:- Saudi Ambassador to UK to patronise celebration of King Abdul Aziz public library

Riyadh, Rabi’II 11, 1433
Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Ambassador to United Kingdom, will patronize tomorrow the celebration of King Abdulaziz Public Library as part of the activities of the Hajj exhibition ‘Journey to the Heart of Muslim World’ which is currently taking place at the British Museum in London.
The ceremony will be attended by Advisor of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the general supervisor of the King Abdulaziz Public Library Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muammar.
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4Mar2012:- Minister of Haj receives Bahraini Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, Rabi’II 11, 1433Minister of Hajj Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Hajjar received in Riyadh today Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Sheikh Hamoud bin Abdullah Al Khalifa.

During the meeting, they reviewed relations between the two brotherly countries and issues related to the affairs of pilgrims of Bahrain for the year 1433 H.

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4Mar2012:- Minister of Haj receives Pakistani Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, Rabi’II 11, 1433
Minister of Hajj Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Hajjar received in Riyadh today Ambassador of the Pakistan to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Mohammad Naeem Khan.
During the meeting, they reviewed issues related to the affairs of pilgrims of Pakistan for the year 1433 H.
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6Mar2012:- Models of the Two Holy Mosques displayed at Exhibition

Two three dimensional replicas of the Grand Mosque and Prophet’s Mosque have been added to an exhibition in the Holy City of Makkah. The models are of particular interest because they show the latest construction projects such as the expansion of the Masaa and the expansion of the courtyard of the Grand Mosque.
Arab News

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7Mar2012:- Plan ready for reception of 3 million Umrah pilgrims

Dr. Muhammad Bin Nasir Al-Khuzayyam, the vice-president of the General Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques, has revealed that the organisation has prepared a comprehensive plan to provide services to an expected three million Umrah pilgrims this year.
Saudi Gazette

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6Mar2012:- Hajj Exhibition "source of pride for all"

London, City, Rabi’II 13, 1433
Prince Salman bin Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdul Aziz said that the exhibition ‘Pilgrimage .. Journey to the Heart of Islam’ is a source of pride for all and also an important source for people’s understanding of Islam.

Prince Salman bin Mohammed made the remarks in a press statement after his participation in the celebration of the exhibition by King Abdul Aziz Library Public Library at the British Museum yesterday evening.

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8Mar2012:- 200 tons of dates handed over to Pakistan

Islamabad, Rabi’II 15, 1433, Mar 8, 2012, SPA — In implementation of the royal order allocating 200 tons of dates as an annual gift from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the brotherly people of Pakistan, the Saudi Embassy handed over today 200 tons of dates to the Pakistani government.
The Deputy Head of Saudi Mission to Pakistan, Mohammed bin Nafea Al-Madani handed over the dates to the Pakistani side in the presence of representatives of Saudi Ministry of Finance and officials of Pakistani Foreign Ministry.
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11Mar2012:- Minister of Islamic Affairs receives Argentine Ambassador

Riyadh, Rabi’II 18, 1433
The Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance, Sheikh Saleh bin Abdul-Aziz Al Al-Sheikh received here today the ambassador of Argentina to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sergio Cerda.
During the meeting, they exchanged cordial talks and discussed issues of common concern.
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10Mar2012:- Minister of Hajj meets Iran’s Hajj Mission

Makkah, Rabi’II 17, 1433
Minister of Hajj Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Hajjar received here today members of the Iranian Hajj Mission.
During the meeting, which comes under the plan of the Ministry of Hajj to coordinate with Hajj missions for this year’s Hajj, discussions focused on issues relating to the affairs of Iranian pilgrims.
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9Mar2012:- Sudan’s President visits Prophet’s Mosque

Al-Madinah Al-Munawarah, Rabi’II 16, 1433
President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir of the Republic of Sudan and the accompanying delegation visited this evening the prophet’s mosque, performed prayers in it and greeted the prophet (peace be upon him).
At the gate of the mosque, he was received by a number of officials.
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13Mar2012:- Saudi Arabia and India to seal Hajj agreement

On 14th March, a delegation composed of E. Ahmad, Minister of State for External Affairs; Mohsina Kidwai, Chairperson, Haj Committee of India; Hamid Ali Rao, Ambassador of India to Saudi Arabia; and Aboobucker, Vice-Chairman, Haj Committee of India, will hold discussions with the Saudi Haj Minister Bandar bin Mohammed bin Hamza Asaad Al-Hajjar on the the finalisation of the annual Indian Haj agreement for the Haj season 2012.
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14Mar2012:- Minister of Hajj receives Indian Hajj Mission

Jeddah, Rabi’II 21, 1433
Minister of Hajj Dr. Bandar bin Mohammad Hajjar received here today the Indian Hajj Mission headed by Minister of State for External Affairs, E. Ahmed.
At the outset of the meeting, the Minister of Hajj welcomed the Indian Minister of State for External Affairs and briefed him on the efforts, services and projects offered by the Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the Crown Prince at the Two Holy Mosques in Makkah and Madinah as well as the other Holy Places, which are designed for the comfort and tranquility of the pilgrims for the performance of Hajj rituals in ease.
The Minister of Hajj reiterated to the Indian Mission the importance of adherence to the program prepared by the Ministry of Hajj and the need to continue educating the Indian pilgrims (about the program) prior to their arrival in the Kingdom.
During the meeting, they discussed the arrangements and requirements of the affairs of Indian pilgrims for coming Hajj season of 1433H and other Hajj related matters.
For his part, the Indian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs highlighted the importance of the working program prepared by the Ministry of Hajj for the pilgrims.
He praised the role of the Saudi government for the fine achievements, efforts and services at the Two Holy Mosques in Makkah and Madinah and the other Holy Places for the convenience of pilgrims to perform their rituals in ease and comfort.
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16Mar2012:- Saudi Arabia and India to sign agreement for Hajj 2013

Saudi Arabia’s minister for Haj Dr. Bandar Bin Mohammed Bin Hamzah Asad Hajjar and India’s minister of state for external affairs E. Ahmad have reached a bilateral agreement on Haj pilgrimage which includes provsion for 10,000 additional Hajj pilgrims from India during the next Hajj.
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16Mar2012:- Irving Abu Nasr: Translator of the Holy Quran

Arab News published a profile Dr Irving Abu Nasr, a respected Islamic scholar who produced the first American translation of the Holy Quran.

“Though there are certain reservations concerning this translation, it has been duly recognized by several Islamic scholars including the late Dr. Ismail Raji Al Faruqi who wrote: “It makes refreshing reading even after all the other translations have been read”.”

Dr Irving passed away on 24, September, 2002 and was buried in Mississippi USA. He was 86 years old.
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14Mar2012:- Turkish Prime Minister receives SRCA President

Ankara, Rabi’II 21, 1433
Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan received here today Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, President of Saudi Red Crescent Authority (SRCA) who is currently on a visit to Ankara.

During the meeting, they exchanged cordial talks and discussed issues relating to humanitarian action.

Turkish Prime Minister also noted the role of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its honorable stances towards the Islamic causes as well as its prominent role in the service of pilgrims.
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17Mar2012:- Minister of Hajj receives Tunisian Consul

Jeddah, Rabi’II 24, 1433
The Minister of Hajj, Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Hajjar, received here today the Tunisian Consul in the Kingdom, Fathi Al-Neffati.
During the meeting, they discussed topics of interest to regulate the affairs of Tunisian pilgrims for this year’s (1433 AH) Hajj.
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17Mar2012:- Minister of Hajj meets Mauritanian Hajj Mission

Jeddah, Rabi’II 24, 1433
The Minister of Hajj, Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Hajjar, received here today a delegation of Mauritanian Hajj Mission headed by the Minister of Islamic Affairs and Religious Education, Ahmed Ould Mohammed.
During the meeting, they discussed the arrangements for Mauritanian pilgrims coming for performing Hajj rituals in this year’s season.
For his part, the Mauritanian Minister praised outstanding services for pilgrims and gigantic projects implemented by the Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Crown Prince in Makkah, Madinah and Holy Sites.
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17Mar2012:- Minister of Hajj receives Head of Iraqi Hajj Commission

Jeddah, Rabi’II 24, 1433
The Minister of Hajj, Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Hajjar, received here today Head of Iraqi Supreme Hajj and Umrah Commission, Sheikh Muhammad Taqi Al-Mawla.
During the meeting, they discussed arrangements for Iraqi pilgrims coming to perform Hajj rituals in this year’s Hajj season.
Sheikh Al-Mawla praised the Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Crown Prince for its excellent services to pilgrims and gigantic projects in the Two Holy Mosques and Holy Sites.
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18Mar2012:- MWL chief meets Palestinian Endowments and Relgious Affairs Minister

Holy City of Makkah, Rabi’II 25, 1433
Secretary General of the Muslim World League (MWL) Dr. Abdullah bin Abdul-Mohsen Al-Turki received here today Palestinian Minister of Endowments and Religious Affairs Mahmoud Sidky Al-Habash.
During the meeting, they discussed issues of common interest between the Muslim World League and the Palestinian Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs.
For his part, the Palestinian minister hailed Saudi support for the Palestinian people.
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18Mar2012:- Official for Hajj Affairs meets Hajj Missions of South Africa and Egypt

Makkah, Rabi’II 25, 1433
Under Secretary of Hajj Affairs at the Ministry of Hajj Hatem bin Hasan Qadhi met here today the Hajj delegation of South Africa headed by Hashim Saali and his accompanying delegation.
The official also received the Hajj delegation of Egypt led by Assistant Interior Minister and Head of the Executive Hajj Organization, Major General Mohammad Rifaat Qamsan and his accompanying delegation.
The meetings come within the framework of the Saudi government’s intensive efforts to make arrangements and preparations for the Hajj season of this year (1433AH).
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18Mar2012:- OIC Secretary General starts Egyptian visit

Cairo, Rabi’II 25, 1433
The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu started here today a visit to Egytp to participate in 78th session of Conference of the Arabic Language Academy which will start tomorrow in Cairo.

During the visit, the OIC Secretary General will meet with Egyptian senior officials to discuss aspects of cooperation between the two sides.

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20Mar2012:- MWL Sec. Gen. meets President of Indian Islamic Organisation

Makkah, Rabi’II 27, 1433
The Secretary General of Muslim World League (MWL) Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulmohsen Al-Turki received here today President of Messenger of Mercy Organization in India, Dr. Ibrahim Hussein Malbari and his accompanying delegation.
During the meeting, Dr. Al-Turki was briefed on the Organization’s objectives and programs to introduce Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) all over the world, expressing the League’s readiness for cooperation with the Organization.
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20Mar2012:- Minister of Hajj meets Head of Libyan Hajj Mission

Jeddah, Rabi’II 27, 1433
The Minister of Hajj, Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Hajjar, received here today a delegation of Libyan Hajj Mission headed by Minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs Hamzah Abu Faris Abu Bakr.
During the meeting, they discussed arrangements for Libyan pilgrims coming to perform Hajj rituals in this year’s Hajj season.
The Libyan Minister praised the Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Crown Prince for its excellent services to pilgrims and gigantic projects in the Two Holy Mosques and Holy Sites.
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31Mar2012:- Minister of Hajj meets Sri Lankan Hajj Mission

Jeddah, Rabi’II 28, 1433
Minister of Hajj Dr. Bandar bin Mohammad Hajjar met here today the visiting Hajj delegation of Sri Lanka headed by Senior Minister for Urban Development, Mohammad Fawzi Abdul-Hamid.
During the meeting, they discussed issues pertaining to Sri Lankan pilgrims, their housing facilities and movement during the upcoming Hajj season of 1433AH.
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22Mar2012:- Strategic plan to improve pilgrim services

Haj Minister Bandar Al-Hajjar has reported on progress in developing and implementing a 25 year strategic plan designed to improve sevices provided by the Kingdom for pilgrims. In an article in the Hajj and Umrah Magazine, he said: “A committee has already been constituted to prepare the strategic plan following a recommendation by the Shoura Council. The ministry recently convened the first meeting of the committee that discussed various aspects of the strategy”.
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21Mar2012:- MWL chief receives Libya’s Minister of Endowments/Relgious Affairs

Holy City of Makkah, Rabi’II 28, 1433
The Secretary General of the Muslim World League (MWL), Dr Abdullah bin Abdul-Mohsin Al-Turki received here today Libya’s Minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs Sheikh Dr. Hamza Abu Fares.
During the meeting, they discussed issues of common interest between the Muslim World League and the Libyan Ministry (of Endowments and Islamic Affairs), particularly the existing cooperation in the fields of Islamic education and memorization of the Holy Quran.
For his part, Dr Al-Turki stressed the importance of cooperation between Ministries of Islamic affairs in the Islamic world in guiding young Muslims about Islam and introducing them its noble principles.
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21Mar2012:- Minister of Hajj meets Sri Lankan Hajj Mission

Jeddah, Rabi’II 28, 1433
Minister of Hajj Dr. Bandar bin Mohammad Hajjar met here today the visiting Hajj delegation of Sri Lanka headed by Senior Minister for Urban Development, Mohammad Fawzi Abdul-Hamid.
During the meeting, they discussed issues pertaining to Sri Lankan pilgrims, their housing facilities and movement during the upcoming Hajj season of 1433AH.
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22Mar2012:- Sri Lanka requests Hajj quota of 5,800 pilgrims

At his meeting with Minister of Haj Bandar Hajjar in Jeddah on Wednesday, visiting Sri Lankan senior minister for Urban Development Abdul Hameed Mohamed Fowzie Sri Lanka has requested a quota of 5,800 pilgrims for this year’s Haj pilgrimage.

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24Mar2012:- Minof Hajj meets Head of Egyptian Hajj Mission

Jeddah, Jumada I 1, 1433
The Minister of Hajj, Dr. Bandar bin Mohammad Hajjar met here today Egypt’s First Assistant Interior Minister, Major General Mohammad Rifaat Qamsan, who is heading his country’s Hajj delegation.
During the meeting, they discussed topics of interest to organize the affairs of Egyptian pilgrims for this year’s Hajj (1433AH).
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24Mar2012:- Minister of Hajj meets Sudanese Hajj Mission

Jeddah, City, Jumada I 1, 1433,
Minister of Hajj Dr. Bandar bin Mohammad Hajjar met in Jeddah today Sudan’s Hajj delegation headed by Minister of Guidance and Endowments Dr. Khalil Abdullah Mohammed Ali.
During the meeting, they discussed issues pertaining to Sudanese pilgrims.
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26Mar2012:- Hajj Ministry official meets Kenyan Hajj Delegation

Holy City of Makkah, Jumada I 3, 1433
The Under Secretary For Hajj Affairs, Hatem bin Hasan Qadhi, met here today the visiting Kenyan Hajj delegation headed by Abdul-Ghafour Al-Bousaeedi.
Qadhi said the meeting is convened as part of the leadership’s directives as regards on-going preparations and reception-arrangements for the pilgrims of 1433 Hajj season under the direct supervision of the Minister of Hajj, Dr. Bandar bin Mohammad Hajjar.
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25Mar2012:- Cable car system for Hira and Al-Thawr caves planned

MAKKAH: Adnan Qutb, director of the Research Excellence Center at the university commented on studies by the Haj and Umrah Research Institute at Umm Al-Qura University into the setting up of a cable car system to transport people to the historic caves of Hira and Al-Thawr in Makkah. The project involves the construction of Towers and huge pillars as high as the mountaintops where the caves are located.

The aim of the project is to provide pilgrims with safe access to the caves, said Abdul Aziz Saroji, dean of the institute.
Arab News

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