Second group of Indonesian Hajj pilgrims arrives in Madinah

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Indonesia pilgrims get a warm welcome as they arrive at the airport in Madinah on Tuesday. (SPA)
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Indonesia pilgrims get a warm welcome as they arrive at the airport in Madinah on Tuesday. (SPA)
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Indonesia pilgrims get a warm welcome as they arrive at the airport in Madinah on Tuesday. (SPA)
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Indonesia pilgrims get a warm welcome as they arrive at the airport in Madinah on Tuesday. (SPA)
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Indonesia pilgrims get a warm welcome as they arrive at the airport in Madinah on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 10 July 2019

Second group of Indonesian Hajj pilgrims arrives in Madinah

  • 36,800 Algerians performing Hajj this year

MADINAH/ALGIERS: The plane carrying the second group of Indonesian pilgrims as part of the “Makkah Route” initiative arrived at Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Madinah with 393 pilgrims on board.

The pilgrims will perform Hajj this year and visit the Prophet’s Mosque.

In statements to SPA, the pilgrims thanked Saudi Arabia for its hospitality and for the initiative that helped to facilitate their travel and entry into the Kingdom.

Meanwhile, up to 36,800 Algerians have registered their names, intending to perform the coming Hajj, Saudi Ambassador to Algeria Abdul Aziz bin Ibrahim Al-Omairini said, adding that the Kingdom was sparing no effort to best serve pilgrims.

At a press conference in Algiers, the ambassador said that the embassy had already issued 2,885 entry visas for various purposes, with 7,000 e-visas earmarked for Hajj. 

He said that Hajj-related flights from Algiers to the holy sites are set to start on July 15 and continue until Aug. 6.

 

 


Saudi rail chief visits Haramain stations

Updated 57 min 10 sec ago

Saudi rail chief visits Haramain stations

  • Visit is part of project management’s plans for the Haramain station in Al-Sulaimaniyah and Jeddah airport
  • Railway inaugurated by King Salman on Sep. 24, 2018

JEDDAH: Saudi Transport Minister and Director-General of the Saudi Railway Organization (SAR), Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, visited the Haramain High-Speed Railway’s Al-Sulaimaniyah station and the King Abdul Aziz International Airport station in Jeddah on Thursday to check on preparations to resume operations at the two sites.

Al-Jasser was accompanied by Public Transport Authority Chairman Rumaih bin Mohammed Al-Rumaih, SAR CEO Bashar Al-Malik and other officials.

The visit is part of project management’s plans for the Haramain station in Al-Sulaimaniyah and Jeddah airport to serve airline passengers and Jeddah residents.

The service was halted on Sept. 29, 2019 after a fire broke out at the station in Jeddah, which left 11 people injured. The blaze, which was centered in the roof of the station, lasted for 15 hours.

As the first high-speed electric train in the region, the Haramain High-Speed Railway spans over 450km, connecting five stations across Makkah, Jeddah, King Abdul Aziz International Airport, King Abdullah Economic City and Madinah.

The railway was inaugurated by King Salman on Sep. 24, 2018. 

The project is in line with the objectives of the Vision 2030 reform plans, the main goal of which is to increase the number of pilgrims and visitors to the holy places. Officials described it as the biggest transportation project of its kind in the region.