Arab News has the Hajj pilgrims covered

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There are more than 2 million pilgrims attending Hajj. (Arab News/Huda Bashatah)
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Pilgrims can be seen at all parts of the Hajj journey sheltering from the sun. (Arab News/Huda Bashatah)
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It's unlikely to rain during the pilgrimage - but at least they are prepared. (Arab News/Huda Bashatah)
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Direct sunlight at this time of year in the Kingdom is best avoided. (Arab News/Huda Bashatah)
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Most of the pilgrimage is spent outdoors. (Arab News/Huda Bashatah)
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The umbrellas came in useful later on Saturday afternoon when the skies opened and a rain storm began. (Arab News/Huda Bashatah)
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Arab News was happy to help. (Arab News/Huda Bashatah)
Updated 11 August 2019

Arab News has the Hajj pilgrims covered

  • The umbrellas were there largely to shelter from the sun - but it rained on Saturday so umbrellas were good then too
  • It is important to shade from the sun and Arab News was happy to help

ARAFAT: Arab News has been helping keep some of the 2.5 million pilgrims attending Hajj protected from the unrelenting sun.

Teams of volunteers have been handing out free umbrellas to passing pilgrims so they can shelter as the sun beats down on them during their spiritual journey.

And the umbrellas came in extra handy on Saturday as the sky filled with large clouds and spilled out with a torrential downpour.

There are people stationed along the route to Mount Arafat handing out water and light snacks as the pilgrims pass by.

And Jabal Al-Rahmah hospital is just meters away from the mountain in case the heat of the midday sun became too hot to handle.


Ancient cup given to 1st marathon victor returned to Greece

Updated 13 November 2019

Ancient cup given to 1st marathon victor returned to Greece

ATHENS, Greece: An ancient Greek cup awarded as a prize to the marathon winner in the first modern Olympics of 1896 has been returned to Athens from a German university.
Greece’s Culture Ministry says the 6th century B.C. pottery vessel was considered lost for decades until research in 2014 by archaeologist Giorgos Kavvadias identified it in the University of Muenster’s collections.
A ministry statement says it was proved “beyond any doubt” that the two-handled cup painted with ancient runners was the one given to Spiros Louis, the Greek marathon victor in 1896.
Following correspondence with Greek officials, the university agreed to return the cup, which was part of a private German collection it had bought in 1986.
The vessel was presented at a ceremony Wednesday at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens.