All the private cars are taxis and they are less expensive than taxis and practical. They take you to all your destinations, 2 or 3 SAR (equivalent of 50 cents of 1 Euro)
If you take prescribed medicines, Make sure to have a sufficient quantity with you. However, most non-prescribed drugs are available in drugstores in Mecca in addition to the Quaba’s nearby hospital which provides free care and medicine.
It costs between 1 and 2 SAR, and it depends whether you’re in quick or not. For costumes it costs 8 SAR. Washing and ironing of a shirt cost 5 SAR.
How to prepare one's Hajj
Make sure you always carry a copy of your passport, visa, ID card, airline tickets and contact information (name, address and phone number of people in your country to contact if necessary). It is also mandatory to have the name and telephone number of your escort in Saudi Arabia.
The President-General of Saudi Railroads Organization, Eng. Abdulaziz Bin Mohammed Al-Hugail has expressed his thanks to and appreciation of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Crown Prince and the Second Deputy Premier for the royal confidence in extending his service for another four-year term as the Organization's President-General. In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), he has said that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is moving forward in implementing the largest expansion of the railroads network and the Kingdom will witness in the ...
Association of British Hujjaj (Pilgrims) UK, a Hajj specific National Charity, working for the welfare and wellbeing of British Pilgrims welcomes the conviction of Hajj/Umrah Tour and Travel operator by the Birmingham Crown Court.
This tour operator was responsible for malpractice, fraudulent activities, and the breach of Package Travel, Holiday, and Tour Regulations 1992.
Mr. Mark Jackson, prosecuting at Birmingham Crown Court, said Ahmad booked an all-inclusive package for Mr Noori and his family, which included the promise of four and five star accommodation in Makkah and Me...
During 3 days, from Saturday, December the 17th to Monday, December the 19th, the SIMM will welcome craftsmen, wholesalers, cultural and trade officers, as well as international Muslim scholars.
Exhibitors and guests will display their expertise and unveil the diversity of the Muslim culture as well as its intellectual and spiritual values.
Under the mottoes of « Knowledge », « Know-How » and « Letting know », the 2011 edition will showcase a rich and various program: conferences, workshops, animations, exhibitions, world food degustation, women fashion show.
Both « k...
Luxury hotels in Mecca were full for Hajj Luxury hotels around the Grand Mosque in Mecca were running full for this year's Hajj despite hundreds of new rooms opening.
"Makkah Hilton & Towers were a sell-out for the month surrounding Hajj," said Shuja Zaidi, the hotel's general manager and vice president for Hilton Worldwide projects in Saudi Arabia.
"We had expected rates to be lower than in 2010 due to the increased supply of hotel rooms in and around the Haram." But demand exceeded supply and rates remained "in line" with last year.
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 provinces of the Kingdom. Istisqa prayer at the Holy Mosque of Makkah was attended by Undersecretary of Principality of Makkah Province Dr. Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al-Khudhairi.Istisqa prayer was led by Imam of the Holy Mosque of Makkah Sheikh Dr. Osama bin Abdullah Khayyat who urged Muslims on adherence to...
British Muslims welcome Saudi Minister of Health’s UK visit The Association of British Hujjaj (Pilgrims) UK - ABH, a National Hajj & Umrah specific organisation working for the welfare and wellbeing of British Hajj & Umrah pilgrims has welcomed the Saudi Minister of Health Dr Abdullah Al-Rabeeah’s visit to the UK in anticipation that it will improve the present collaboration between the UK and Saudi Arabia particularly in areas of Health and Education.
This collaboration will enhance the capability of the Saudi Health Ministry to develop and deliver better services and facilities for the citizens in Saudi Arabia.Millions of people from around the wo...
Tripp Lite, a leading manufacturer of power protection and connectivity equipment, said it has delivered two 80 kVA UPS Systems for main data centre of Ministry of Hajj as part of its upgrade initiative.The systems are now being used to support the Umrah Database Centre's power, cooling and cabling infrastructure, said a statement from Tripp Lite. In line with its upgradation process, the Ministry of Hajj (Sejel Technology) has invested SR800,000 ($213,317) towards new technology infrastructure, with aims of providing better services to the rising number of annual pilgrims to Makkah and Madinah.The installation of the UPS was completed by Tripp Lite's Jeddah-bas...
The online newspaper "Saudi Gazette" has reported that Saudi Arabia has a number of ambitious plans to expand the annual Hajj media coverage.
In this frame, the ministry of culture and information organized a ceremony to honor nine Saudi television channels that provided extensive coverage during Hajj 2010.
This ceremony was attended by heads of television channels; editors-in-chief of a number of newspapers and senior officials of the Ministry of Culture and Information.
In his speech on the occasion, Dr. Abdul Aziz Khoja, Minister of Culture and Information, said that the ministry has already embarked on an expansion program by signing contracts for the c...