1,000 Egyptian pilgrims arrive in Makkah for Hajj

Egyptian pilgrims stroll outside the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Makkah on August 16, 2018, prior to the start of the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the holy city. (AFP)
Updated 18 August 2018

1,000 Egyptian pilgrims arrive in Makkah for Hajj

  • This Hajj season pilgrims will be able to try out the latest mobile hotel capsules
  • A driver who illegally transports pilgrims into Makkah will be fined SR10,000 ($2,600) for every passenger he is caught transporting

JEDDAH: Tears of joy and complex feelings flowed as 1,000 pilgrims — families of the martyrs and wounded men of the Egyptian army and police — arrived as guests of the King Salman for the Hajj and Umrah Program 2018.
The pilgrims were given roses and Zamzam water as well as the keys to their rooms at their residence in Makkah.
The chairman of the committee of the Egyptian guest pilgrims, Abdul Aziz Nasser Saleh, said that preparations had been carried out as planned under the direct supervision of the Minister of Islamic Affairs Dr. Abdullatif Al-Asheikh.


Saudi authorities arrest coronavirus curfew violator after posting haircut video

Updated 24 min 17 sec ago

Saudi authorities arrest coronavirus curfew violator after posting haircut video

  • Saudi prosecutor warned of legal consequences earlier
  • Violators could be fined up to $796,880 and jailed for up to 5 years

DUBAI: Saudi police arrested a man in Al-Qassim who violated coronavirus regulations by bringing a barber into his home, state news agency SPA reported.
Videos circulating on social media showed the man as he asked a barber to come into his house after authorities temporarily closed down barber shops and salons to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The Saudi public prosecutor has previously warned that anyone posting content on social media, including photos or videos showing curfew violations, or the flouting of any rules enforced to prevent the spread of COVID-19 face prosecution.
In a message posted on Twitter, the bureau said that perpetrators will be charged under Article Six of the Information Crime Prevention Law, which carries a punishment of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $796,880. 
The punishment will be applied to violators but informers will not be questioned, it added.