Indonesian, Yemeni Hajj pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia

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Indonesian Hajj pilgrims arriving in Jeddah. (SPA)
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Indonesian Hajj pilgrims arriving in Jeddah. (SPA)
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The Yemeni pilgrims were greeted with gifts and roses. (SPA)
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The Yemeni pilgrims were greeted with gifts and roses. (SPA)
Updated 22 July 2019

Indonesian, Yemeni Hajj pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia

  • The pilgrims were received by Indonesian Deputy Chief of Mission to Saudi Arabia
  • A ceremony was organized to welcome the pilgrims landing in Jeddah

JEDDAH: The second phase of Indonesian Hajj pilgrims started landing in Jeddah with the arrival of a 455-strong contingent from Makasar’s Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport in South Sulawesi.
The pilgrims were received by Indonesian Deputy Chief of Mission to Saudi Arabia Dicky Yunus and Indonesian Consul General Mohamad Hery Saripudin at King Abdul Aziz International Airport on Saturday.
A ceremony was organized to welcome the pilgrims landing in Jeddah, where they were served an Indonesian breakfast.
As many as 529 Garuda Indonesia and Saudia flights are transporting the pilgrims, 296 of which are carrying a total of 120,500 passengers to Jeddah during the period July 20 to Aug. 6.
More than 800 Hajj personnel and officers from Indonesia Religious Affairs Ministry and 308 health-care professionals from Health Ministry have been deployed to assist the pilgrims.
About 231,000 Indonesian pilgrims are expected to perform Hajj this year, including the additional quota 10,000 granted by King Salman.
The increasing quota of the Indonesian Hajj pilgrims will hopefully cut the waiting list, which is currently 40 years long.
The Indonesian Minister of Transport Budi Karya Sumadi visited the special lounge of Makkah Route initiative for Indonesian pilgrims at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta.
The minister was briefed on the process and procedures of Makkah Route initiative. He expressed his admiration for the initiative and extended thanks and gratitude to Saudi Arabia for its efforts to serve Islam, Muslims, and pilgrims.

Meanwhile, the Al-Wadiah border port received the first batch of pilgrims coming from Yemen on Sunday.
Their entry procedures were finalized with ease and the pilgrims were greeted with gifts and roses, reported the Saudi Press Agency.
The Director of Passports of Najran region, Maj. Gen. Sulaiman bin Saleh Al-Sulaiman, said that the port's passports department has completed all the preparations to receive the pilgrims coming to perform Hajj this year, including deploying trained and qualified cadres to support the pilgrims, modern anti-counterfeiting equipment, and biometric computers to ensure efficiency and speed in completing the pilgrim's entry procedures.


ThePlace: Souk Al-Majlis of Qassim

Updated 53 min 58 sec ago

ThePlace: Souk Al-Majlis of Qassim

The Saudi marketplace Souk Al-Majlis, or the Divan Heritage Souk, is part of the old town of Al-Maznab and lies 7 kilometers from the urban center of the city in Al-Derah district.

Al-Maznab township itself is located  in southeastern Qassim province and covers an area of about 2 square kilometers.

It contains more than 380 houses of various sizes, while the old Divan Heritage Souk and the Masque of Bahla Palace form the starting point for the district and its main center.

The souk is popular with visitors and locals and hosts summer events, auctions and folklore presentations among other similar activities.