Saudi embassy in Moscow issues guide to fans attending World Cup

Russian police guard the access to Argentina's base camp after the squad arrives in Bronnitsy, near Moscow, on Sunday, June 10, 2018, ahead of the FIFA World Cup Russia first match against Iceland at Spartak stadium in Moscow on June 16. (AFP / JUAN MABROMATA)
Updated 10 June 2018
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Saudi embassy in Moscow issues guide to fans attending World Cup

  • Saudi citizens are required to register their passports at the Saudi Embassy through the Saudi Foreign Ministry’s website.  
  • Saudis are also warned that smoking indoors is not allowed, and carrying cash in foreign currency is a must, since Saudi riyals are not accepted. 

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Moscow has issues a guide list for citizens planning to attend the FIFA World Cup matches in Russia.

A statement published on local newspapers said Saudi citizens are advised to carry their passports all the time along with a FAN ID, an identification document required by the Russian authorities.

It also said citizens should register their residential address at the Immigration and Passport Department, while advising them to ensure the accuracy of their personal data.

Upon arrival, citizens should register their passports at the embassy through the Foreign Ministry’s website.  

It also urged citizens to avoid crowded areas, walking late at night, and to stay away form suspicious individuals. 

The embassy encouraged the citizens attending the football matches to cheer for their national team, and avoid any racial, national, religious remarks at or outside the stadium. 

It also advised passegners not to carry on more than $10,000 or 9,000 euros while traveling, otherwise they have to inform authorities. 

It advised them to avoid stopping taxi cars on street and to rely instead on authorized taxi-calling apps such as UBER, GETT and YANDEX. 

It reminded citizens that smoking indoors is not allowed, and carrying cash in foreign currency is a must, since Saudi riyals are not accepted. 


Hajj 2018: What’s on pilgrims’ bucket lists

Masjid Quba in Madinah is a favorite destination for Hajj pilgrims, according to tour guides. Below: The Cave of Hira, Al-Baqi’ cemetery and the Prophet’s Chamber allow visitors to step back in time. (Getty Images)
Updated 15 August 2018
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Hajj 2018: What’s on pilgrims’ bucket lists

  • A number of companies in Makkah and Madinah help people organize their trips, making sure they cover the important sites in the two holy cities
  • Most of the sites in the two holy cities are spiritual, giving pilgrims a sense of the prophecies

RIYADH: Hajj is one of the biggest dreams of every Muslim’s life, and pilgrims looking forward to their stay in Makkah and Madinah say a bucket list is the best way to plan the trip. 

Most of the sites in the two holy cities are spiritual, giving pilgrims a sense of the prophecies. Standing in the places of the Holy Prophet transports them back to the past as if they lived those incredible moments. 

A number of companies in Makkah and Madinah help people organize their trips, making sure they cover the important sites in the two holy cities.

Sayed Shafei, an operation manager for City Sightseeing, a tour company in Madinah and worldwide, told Arab News: “We offer a special tour with a multilingual tour guide presented in eight languages. We also offer 24-hour tickets. We have scheduled tourism trips starting from the Prophet’s Mosque to 12 destinations every 30 minutes. The whole trip lasts for 14 hours a day.” 

Asked about the most popular requests, Shafei said: “Our customers always ask to visit Masjid Quba, the Sayed Al-Shuhada Mosque in Uhud, which is considered a vital historic landmark of Madinah, and Al-Qiblatain Mosque.” 

Most of the group’s customers are from East Asia, but many also visit from Kuwait, Bahrain, the UAE, Indonesia, Malaysia, the US and Europe.

Munirah Al-Jebreen, an English instructor at Princess Noura University who will perform Hajj this year, told Arab News her bucket list began with an online search. 

“I found a travel guide on Google that has all the best sites in Madinah and Makkah, so I decided to visit Uthman ibn Affan’s Farm and Well in Madinah, the Holy Qur’an exhibition, and one of the most important places I want to visit is the grave of the Holy Prophet,” she said.

The area between the Prophet’s Chamber, which holds his grave, and the Mimbar is known as the Rawdah, which is actually the Garden of Paradise. It is presently distinguished by a green carpet.

Al-Jebreen also listed some of her planned tour destinations in Makkah, including the Cave of Hira, where the Holy Prophet meditated frequently during the first 40 years of his life and the site of the first revelation. 

She will also visit Bilal Mosque and Mount Abu Qubais and, finally, will try Al-Garmushi, one of the famous traditional restaurants in Makkah.