Madinah governor thanks pilgrims for making Hajj a success

Updated 18 September 2018
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Madinah governor thanks pilgrims for making Hajj a success

  • Prince Faisal bin Salman was speaking at a ceremony honoring those who served pilgrims this year, in the presence of Madinah’s Deputy Gov. Prince Saud bin Khalid Al-Faisal

JEDDAH: Madinah’s governor thanked pilgrims visiting the Prophet’s Mosque for their role in making this year’s Hajj a success by following instructions to ensure a smooth and safe pilgrimage.

Prince Faisal bin Salman was speaking at a ceremony honoring those who served pilgrims this year, in the presence of Madinah’s Deputy Gov. Prince Saud bin Khalid Al-Faisal.

Prince Faisal highlighted the Kingdom’s annual success in organizing the Hajj season. The undersecretary of the Hajj and Umrah Ministry, Mohammed Al-Bejawi, thanked both princes for receiving governmental and private authorities on the occasion of the end of the Hajj season. 

Madinah received about 95 percent of pilgrims who came to perform Hajj, with Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz International Airport witnessing the arrival and departure of more than 1.2 million pilgrims who enjoyed good services, Al-Bejawi said.

More than 80,000 hotel rooms and other accommodations were made available to pilgrims visiting the Prophet’s Mosque, and were monitored around the clock to ensure the provision of the finest services, he added. Integrated health services were made available to all visitors, he said.


Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman touches down in India

Updated 9 min 51 sec ago
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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman touches down in India

NEW DELHI: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in India on Tuesday for the second stage of his Asia tour.

His plane touched down at Air Force Station Palam in New Delhi shortly after 8.45 p.m. local time.

The crown prince is expected to announce a $1 billion investment in India’s infrastructure and farming sectors during his first visit to the nation.

Prince Mohammed is expected to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and various other ministers and officials.

He is accompanied by leading Saudi businessmen and officials.

India is hoping the crown prince will announce an investment in its National Investment Infrastructure Fund (NIIF), a sovereign wealth fund that includes private companies and foreign investors.

The Kingdom is India’s top energy supplier and home to more than 3.5 million Indian expatriates.