Arab News has the Hajj pilgrims covered

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There are more than 2 million pilgrims attending Hajj. (Arab News/Huda Bashatah)
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Pilgrims can be seen at all parts of the Hajj journey sheltering from the sun. (Arab News/Huda Bashatah)
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It's unlikely to rain during the pilgrimage - but at least they are prepared. (Arab News/Huda Bashatah)
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Direct sunlight at this time of year in the Kingdom is best avoided. (Arab News/Huda Bashatah)
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Most of the pilgrimage is spent outdoors. (Arab News/Huda Bashatah)
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The umbrellas came in useful later on Saturday afternoon when the skies opened and a rain storm began. (Arab News/Huda Bashatah)
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Arab News was happy to help. (Arab News/Huda Bashatah)
Updated 11 August 2019

Arab News has the Hajj pilgrims covered

  • The umbrellas were there largely to shelter from the sun - but it rained on Saturday so umbrellas were good then too
  • It is important to shade from the sun and Arab News was happy to help

ARAFAT: Arab News has been helping keep some of the 2.5 million pilgrims attending Hajj protected from the unrelenting sun.

Teams of volunteers have been handing out free umbrellas to passing pilgrims so they can shelter as the sun beats down on them during their spiritual journey.

And the umbrellas came in extra handy on Saturday as the sky filled with large clouds and spilled out with a torrential downpour.

There are people stationed along the route to Mount Arafat handing out water and light snacks as the pilgrims pass by.

And Jabal Al-Rahmah hospital is just meters away from the mountain in case the heat of the midday sun became too hot to handle.


Alaska man discovers 50-year-old message in bottle from Russian Navy

Updated 19 August 2019

Alaska man discovers 50-year-old message in bottle from Russian Navy

  • Then Russian Navy Capt. Anatolii Prokofievich Botsanenko wrote the letter when he was a 36-year-old aboard the Sulak
ANCHORAGE, Alaska: A man discovered a 50-year-old letter in a bottle from the Russian Navy on the shores of western Alaska.
Tyler Ivanoff found the handwritten Russian letter early this month while gathering firewood near Shishmaref about 600 miles (966 kilometers) northwest of Anchorage, television station KTUU reported.
“I was just looking for firewood when I found the bottle,” Tyler Ivanoff said. “When I found the bottle, I had to use a screwdriver to get the message out.”
Ivanoff shared his discovery on Facebook where Russian speakers translated the message to be a greeting from a Cold War Russian sailor dated June 20, 1969. The message included an address and a request for a response from the person who finds it.
Reporters from the state-owned Russian media network, Russia-1, tracked down the original writer, Capt. Anatolii Prokofievich Botsanenko, KTUU reported.
He was skeptical he wrote the note until he saw his signature on the bottom.
“There — exactly!” he exclaimed.
The message was sent while the then 36-year-old was aboard the Sulak, Botsanenko said. Botsanenko shed tears when the Russian television reporter told him the Sulak was sold for scrap in the 1990s.
Botsanenko also showed the reporter some souvenirs from his time on the ship, including the autograph of the wife of a famous Russian spy and Japanese liquor bottles, the latter kept over his wife’s protests.
Ivanoff’s discovery of the bottle was first reported by Nome radio station KNOM.