New Zealand Muslim community leader praises Hajj services

Monro said the invitation from King Salman was an “exceptionally noble gesture. (SPA)
Updated 06 August 2019

New Zealand Muslim community leader praises Hajj services

  • Monro said the invitation from King Salman was an “exceptionally noble gesture

JEDDAH: The president of the International Muslim Association of New Zealand expressed gratitude, on behalf of the families of those killed in the Christchurch mosque massacre in March, for the invitation extended to them by King Salman to perform Hajj this year. Tahir Nawaz also praised the services provided by the Kingdom each year to serve pilgrims.
The pilgrims flew into King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah on Friday.
King Salman last month directed that the families of the attack on two mosques that killed 51 people, are hosted for this year’s pilgrimage.
They were received by the director of passports at the airport, Col. Sulaiman Al-Yousef.
The reception was attended by New Zealand Ambassador to the Kingdom James Monro and other officials.
Monro said the invitation from King Salman was an “exceptionally noble gesture. “This move was highly appreciated by the people of New Zealand, not only by the visiting pilgrims,” he said.


Sandstorms expected in Saudi Arabia

Updated 17 September 2019

Sandstorms expected in Saudi Arabia

Sandstorms will hit the southwestern region of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, the Kingdom’s General Authority for Meteorology and Environmental Protection has warned.

The civil defense will be on standby as surface winds are expected to cause low visibility, increasing the risk of crashes on highways.

They also warned those who suffer from asthma to take extra caution.

Dust storms bring increased air pollution which causes breathing difficulties in people with asthma by irritating the lungs.

Sand storms are frequent across the Middle East.