Operation to transport pilgrims to Mina successful: Hajj ministry

Pilgrims get on a bus in Makkah heading to Mina. (AN Photo)
Updated 19 August 2018
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Operation to transport pilgrims to Mina successful: Hajj ministry

  • Over 1.89 million Hajjis, arrived in the holy city of Makkah, according to Saudi authorities
  • Most pilgrims will leave the tented city in the morning on Monday

MAKKAH: The operation to transport pilgrims from the holy city of Makkah to Mina went successfully, the Hajj ministry said.

Abdulfattah Mashat, deputy minister of Hajj and Umrah, who was coordinating officials at the ministry with the preparation work for the coming days, hoped the rest of the Hajj operations would go smoothly. 

“Transporting pilgrims was done in a very smooth and simple manner,” Mashat told Arab News, “17,000 busses were used to transport pilgrims from Makkah,” he added.

The deputy minister talked of the logistics of getting the pilgrim’s to their tents and the facilities provided to them.

Most pilgrims will leave the tented city in the morning on Monday for an emotional day on and around Jabal Rahma, on Arafat’s great plain.

The ministry has also urged the pilgrims to follow the scheduled provided to them to avoid the dangers caused by overcrowding. 

Over 1.89 million Hajjis, both foreign and domestic, arrived in the holy city of Makkah, according to Saudi authorities.


Emirati officials cite solid Saudi-UAE ties

Updated 1 min 39 sec ago
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Emirati officials cite solid Saudi-UAE ties

  • UAE and Saudi Arabia share a common view on many issues, offering a distinctive model to other countries to follow — Emiratic exec

JEDDAH: Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir met UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan in New York on Monday.

They praised the brotherly relations between the two countries and discussed latest regional and international developments.

Meanwhile, Mohammed Hajji Al-Khouri, director general of the Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan Foundation, hailed the historical relations between Saudi Arabia and the UAE, stressing on their political, economic and cultural heritage ties at all levels.

Speaking on the occasion of Saudi National Day, Al-Khouri said the unique relations between the two countries are due to efforts being exerted by the leadership of the two countries.

Meanwhile, the secretary-general of UAE International Investors Council, Jamal Saif Al-Jarwan, described on Sunday the relations between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi as deep-rooted and well-established at various levels.

Al-Jarwan said in a statement that both the UAE and Saudi Arabia share a common view on many issues, offering a distinctive model to other countries to follow. 

He said the formation of the Joint Coordination Council further strengthened and upgraded the Saudi-UAE relationship by playing an important role in achieving the full partnership between the two countries. 

 

Emirati officials cite solid Saudi-UAE ties