88,000 Iranian Hajj pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia

Around 88,000 Iranian pilgrims have arrived in Saudi Arabia to perform this year’s Hajj, the head of the office for Iranian pilgrims’ affairs Nasser Jaber Hweizawi said. (File/AFP)
Updated 27 July 2019

88,000 Iranian Hajj pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia

  • The Iranian pilgrims are receiving services in Madinah in coordination with the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah
  • The pilgrims experienced a high level of service provided by Saudi authorities at the airports in Madinah and Jeddah

RIYADH: Around 88,000 Iranian pilgrims have arrived in Saudi Arabia to perform this year’s Hajj, the head of the office for Iranian pilgrims’ affairs Nasser Jaber Hweizawi said.
The pilgrims experienced a high level of service provided by Saudi authorities at Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah and King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, Hweizawi added after he held talks with the governor of Madinah Prince Faisal bin Salman.
The Iranian pilgrims are receiving services in Madinah in coordination with the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, Asharq Al-Awsat reported.
Hweizawi also said that the rapid development taking place in Madinah will have a positive impact in the near future and will help increase the capacity of Hajj and Umrah pilgrims that are received by Saudi Arabia in the coming years.
Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, the chief of the presidency of the two holy mosques, called on pilgrims to avoid politicising the Hajj and to cooperate with police officers and other officials working to keep all pilgrims safe.


Wait is almost over for music fans eager to learn who will headline E-Prix concerts

Updated 13 November 2019

Wait is almost over for music fans eager to learn who will headline E-Prix concerts

  • Organizers promise this year’s line-up of international stars at Diriyah event will be bigger than ever

RIYADH: The first of the major international music acts that will perform at the Diriyah E-Prix this month will be announced on Wednesday.

There were incredible scenes at the event last year when David Guetta, One Republic, the Black Eyed Peas, Amr Diab, Enrique Iglesias and Jason Derulo rocked the UNESCO World Heritage site. About 40,000 fans flocked to the Diriyah Circuit, on the outskirts of Riyadh, for the after-race concerts, the first unsegregated music events in Saudi Arabia

The stage is set for even bigger and better things this year, with the promise of another two nights of unmissable music on Nov. 22 and 23 as the E-Prix racing returns.

“If you were one of the 40,000 who were lucky enough to be part of that watershed moment (last year) for the Kingdom, believe me, you have not seen anything yet,” said Prince Abdul Aziz Al-Faisal Al-Saud, chairman of the General Sports Authority.

“Last year we told people before we announced (the acts) they should get their tickets early to avoid disappointment. Once we revealed who was coming, the tickets sold out incredibly quickly. This year will be the same but even bigger, so for music fans who want to enjoy the biggest concerts in Saudi Arabia, the smart move is to get your ticket now.”

The Diriyah E Prix kicks off the sixth season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s premier all-electric motorsport series, with a double header of races. It also marks the start of Diriyah Season, a month of sport, entertainment, art, cultural festivities, food and retail experiences. Tickets for the Diriyah E Prix, which include entry to the after-race concerts, are available at www.diriyahseason.sa.