Fire breaks out in 15-story Makkah hotel, 600 pilgrims evacuated

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Makkah police and Civil Defense teams are seen in Al-Aziziya district, where a fire broke out in one Makkah's hotels. (Photo courtesy: social media)
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Civil Defense teams are seen evacuating hotel residents in Makkah's Al-Aziziya district after a fire broke out in the hotel. (Photo courtesy: social media)
Updated 21 August 2017
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Fire breaks out in 15-story Makkah hotel, 600 pilgrims evacuated

JEDDAH: Six hundred Turkish and Yemeni pilgrims survived a fire that broke out in a hotel in Makkah’s Al-Aziziyah neighborhood after they were evacuated by emergency response teams, Saudi state news agency SPA reported Monday.
Official spokesman for the General Directorate of Civil Defense in Makkah Maj. Nayef Al-Sharif said that “flames were coming from a faulty air conditioning unit on the eighth floor of the 15-story hotel, which was inhabited by 600 pilgrims from Turkey and Yemen.”
He added that “all the hotel guests were evacuated as a precautionary measure by rescue teams while the fire was put out and the situation brought under control without causing any injuries or loss of life.”
Al- Sharif said that a team was investigating the cause of the incident in coordination with the concerned authorities and added that guests had been allowed back in the hotel.
Pilgrims are expected to flock to Makkah from all over the world to perform the fifth pillar of Islam, the Hajj pilgrimage.
In a similar incident, a fire took hold of six buildings, three of which collapsed completely, in Jeddah’s historic center Tuesday, forcing 60 people to evacuate.


Moroccan king praises Saudi Arabia's efforts in serving pilgrims

Updated 18 July 2019
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Moroccan king praises Saudi Arabia's efforts in serving pilgrims

  • King Mohammed VI also urged Moroccan pilgrims to abide by the rules and regulations whilst performing Hajj

JEDDAH: King Mohammed VI of Morocco has praised King Salman’s efforts to serve Hajj pilgrims and provide services that allow them to perform their rituals with comfort and ease.

“We appreciate the generous efforts that our brother King Salman continuously makes to receive pilgrims and provide the best conditions for comfort and reassurance… and his keenness to improve the conditions of the Hajj constantly,” said King Mohammed VI in a letter to Moroccan pilgrims.

King Mohammed VI also urged Moroccan pilgrims to abide by the rules and regulations whilst performing Hajj.