Hundreds of coaches transport Hajj pilgrims hosted by King Salman

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Hundreds of coaches were put into service on Friday to receive Hajj pilgrims who are being hosted by King Salman. (SPA)
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Hundreds of coaches were put into service on Friday to receive Hajj pilgrims who are being hosted by King Salman. (SPA)
Updated 02 August 2019

Hundreds of coaches transport Hajj pilgrims hosted by King Salman

  • The coaches will transport pilgrims during the days of Hajj, as well as between Makkah, Jeddah and Madinah
  • 6,000 pilgrims will perform Hajj this year as part of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Guests Program for Hajj and Umrah

RIYADH: Hundreds of coaches were put into service on Friday to receive Hajj pilgrims who are being hosted by King Salman.
Pilgrims who are performing Hajj as part of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Guests Program for Hajj and Umrah will be transported by coaches equipped with interactive screens that can be operated in various languages.
The initiative is part of efforts to ensure that pilgrims are transported safely and comfortably from the moment they arrive in Saudi Arabia until they leave after performing the pilgrimage, Saudi Press Agency reported.
They will transport pilgrims during the days of Hajj, as well as between Makkah, Jeddah and Madinah.
6,000 pilgrims will perform Hajj this year as part of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Guests Program for Hajj and Umrah.


Recent archaeological discoveries highlight Saudi Arabia as ‘a cradle of human civilizations,’ Rome conference told

Updated 06 December 2019

Recent archaeological discoveries highlight Saudi Arabia as ‘a cradle of human civilizations,’ Rome conference told

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has become a leader in the field of archaeological research in the past five years, a major exhibition in Rome was told.

Abdullah Al-Zahrani, director-general of archaeological research and studies at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, said that 44 international archaeological missions had been carried out this year in the Kingdom.

He was speaking on the sidelines of the “Roads of Arabia: Masterpieces of Antiquities in Saudi Arabia Across the Ages” exhibition, which opened at the National Museum of Rome on Nov. 26.

The groundbreaking exhibition was inaugurated by Saudi Minister of Culture Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan and Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities Dario Franceschini.

Al-Zahrani said that the Kingdom “has become one of the most advanced countries in terms of archaeological disclosures.”

“Recent discoveries by local and international missions have highlighted the Kingdom’s historical status and cultural depth as the cradle of the beginnings of human civilizations,” he said.

Archaeological discoveries continue to “instil the civilized dimension of the Kingdom,” he said.

“The religious, political, economic and cultural stature that Saudi Arabia enjoys is an extension of its long cultural heritage, in addition to its distinctive geographical position as a bridge and hub of cultural interaction between East and West that made it a meeting point for international land and sea trade routes throughout all ages,” he added.