Saudi Arabia lauded for efforts to serve pilgrims

Muslim worshippers pray at the Grand Mosque in Makkah. (AFP)
Updated 03 August 2019

Saudi Arabia lauded for efforts to serve pilgrims

CAIRO: Saudi Arabia has been lauded for its “outstanding” efforts in servicing the needs of millions of Muslims from around the world performing Hajj and Umrah.
Chairman of the Egyptian Parliament’s tourism and aviation committee, Amr Sadqi, praised the Kingdom for the development of the Hajj season to facilitate the pilgrimage.
Meanwhile, in a separate tribute, a member of the Jordanian House of Representatives, Hafez Al-Fayez, thanked the Saudi leadership and people for the services and facilities provided to pilgrims which enabled them to perform Hajj in “ease and tranquility.”


WATCH: Car ploughs through Grand Mosque courtyard in Makkah, crashes into door

Updated 1 min 5 sec ago

WATCH: Car ploughs through Grand Mosque courtyard in Makkah, crashes into door

  • Police say driver in ‘abnormal’ condition

RIYADH: Video footage captured the dramatic moment a car was driven at high speed across the courtyard of the Grand Mosque in Makkah, before finally smashing into one of the doors on Friday night.

Saudi security authorities then arrested a man who was pulled from the car, state news agency SPA reported.

Reports suggest the car was driven at high speed on a road surrounding the southern square the Grand Mosque, also known Masjid Haramain, SPA added, quoting the official spokesman of Makkah region, Sultan Al-Dossari.

He said the incident happened at around 10:30 p.m..

No one was hurt in the incident the report added.

Investigators said the driver of the car was a Saudi citizen who was “in an abnormal condition.” 

The offender is being referred to the Public Prosecution office, it said.