IHG opens Makkah’s largest hotel (Image: Supplied by IHG Hotels and Resorts)

IHG opens Makkah’s largest hotel

The voco Makkah hotel is a 4,321-key property with 20,000 sqm of dining facilities

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Saudi Arabia to mark National Day 2023: Date, theme, significance and celebrations

Saudi National Day is celebrated to mark the unification of Hejaz and Najd into  one unified kingdom

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Saudi Arabia’s NCM issues ‘yellow alert’; forecasts heavy rain, thunderstorm

The regions of Makkah, Asir, Jazan and Al-Baha are likely to be affected by medium to heavy rains that may lead to flooding

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Saudi Arabia civil defence issues alert as thunderstorms, rains lash Makkah, Madinah

Heavy rain and thunderstorms are forecast in most regions in the kingdom for the next few days


Saudi Arabia launches ‘personal visit visa’ for Umrah

Personal visas can either be a single entry visa valid for 90 days or a multiple entry visa valid for 365 days

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Address Hotels and Resorts debuts 1,484-key property in Makkah

The Address Jabal Omar Makkah in Saudi Arabia is located within the Jabal Omar development

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Saudi Ministry of Hajj starts issuing e-visas for Umrah

The electronic visa process is part of the country’s efforts to facilitate travel and enable more Muslims to perform Umrah rituals


Saudi Arabia restricts entry to Makkah without permit

The move comes as part of the kingdom’s efforts to organise Hajj effectively

PIF subsidiary, ACWA Power to develop MENA’s largest solar plant in Saudi Arabia

The 2,060MW solar plant is set to be developed in Saudi Arabia’s Makkah province

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Dubai’s Emirates to operate additional flights for Hajj season

The airline will be deploying 31 additional flights to Jeddah and double daily flights to Medina from June 23 until July 20

Saudi to resume Umrah for foreign pilgrims from August 10

The kingdom reopened the Grand Mosque in Makkah to domestic Umrah pilgrims on Sunday, July 25

Saudi to create new public transport project with more than 400 buses in Makkah

The bus network consists of two stages and aims to serve pilgrims and residents of Makkah

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Up to 1.5 million people visit Makkah’s Grand Mosque during the first 10 days of Ramadan

Visitors are subject to strict Covid-19 precautionary protocols

Saudi’s Haramain Railway begins operations after a year, ahead of Ramadan

The railway line’s services were suspended in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic

Saudi’s Haramain Railway to resume operations from March 31

The railway line’s services were suspended in March 2020 to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic

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Why partnerships are key to achieving the GCC’s smart city ambitions

UK technology companies involved in smart city projects across the region share their experience of collaborating with developers in the Gulf

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Video: Man drives car into Grand Mosque in Makkah

The Saudi national has been referred to the Public Prosecution

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Saudi resumes Umrah at 75% capacity, allows prayers at the Grand Mosque

The number of pilgrims allowed to perform Umrah has increased to 15,000 per day

Saudi registers 16,000 pilgrims in first few hours of Umrah app launch

The registration of Umrah pilgrims for the first 10 days has been completed

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In pics: Hajj 2020 begins, Saudi authorities confirm no Covid-19 cases among pilgrims

The number of pilgrims attending this year’s Hajj has been limited to 1,000

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Pilgrims selected to perform Hajj this year begin arriving in Jeddah

Only about 1,000 pilgrims – all from inside Saudi Arabia – have been permitted to perform Hajj this year

New mega urban development project, Masar, launched in Saudi’s Makkah

The project will see the addition of “tens of thousands” of hotel and residential units in Makkah in later phases

Mosques in Makkah to reopen on Sunday

Several precautionary measures have to be followed at the mosques

Hajj to begin on July 7

Indonesia pulls out of Hajj this year on virus concerns

More than 220,000 people from the country were expected to participate in this year’s Hajj

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Saudi Arabia eases curfew and business restrictions across the country, except in Makkah

On April 25, Saudi reported 1,197 new Covid-19 cases with the highest number of new cases detected in Makkah

Saudi issues heatwave warning

Temperatures are expected to exceed 48 degrees celsius