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#6211 [Permalink] Posted on 28th October 2019 11:47

By early next year, all flights
to shift to new Jeddah airport


October 22, 2019

JEDDAH — The third phase of the relocation of Saudia flights from the old King Abdulaziz International Airport to the new Jeddah airport will begin on Nov. 3, local daily Al-Watan reported on Tuesday quoting informed sources.

The phase will include flights to and from Athens, Rome, Frankfurt, Geneva, Munich, Milan and Vienna.

The sources said the fourth phase will begin in mid-November and will cover such destinations as Dammam, Qasim, Cairo, Khartoum, Kuwait, Nairobi and Beirut.

The fifth phase will begin on Dec. 10 and will consist of flights to Ankara, Tunisia, Johannesburg, Delhi, Mumbai and others.

According to the sources, the sixth and final phase of shifting Saudia flights to the new airport will begin on Dec. 20 and will cover a number of destinations including, among others, London Lahore, Washington, Jakarta, Colombo, Madrid and Manilla.

The rest of the local flights will begin Mid-November and will be Dammam-Qasim while the sector of Madinah-Riyadh will be on Dec. 10.

The new airport had earlier begun operations via its Terminal No. 1 to the airports of Alexandria, Amman and Sharm El-Sheikh bringing the local destinations to 21 and the international ones to seven.

The relocation of Saudia flights from the old airport to the new one will be gradual until the end of 2019 after which the national carrier will begin its long distance hauls to Europe and America.

Other flights by foreign companies will begin from the new airport by the year-end to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2020.

Flights from Terminals 1 and 2 will start later and will continue until the airport has reached its maximum capacity of 100 million passengers annually.

http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/5...Jeddah-airport

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#6212 [Permalink] Posted on 28th October 2019 11:49

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October 21, 2019

MAKKAH — The Ministry of Haj and Umrah has said that the cancellation of the condition of the mahram (male guardian) for women of all ages to be granted Umrah visa was not within its jurisdiction.

The National Committee for Haj and Umrah of the Makkah Chamber of Commerce and Industry in a recent meeting asked the Minister of Haj and Umrah Mohammed Saleh Banten to cancel this condition.

Ministry's spokesman, Hatim Qadi, said it is not within the authority of the ministry to cancel the mahram condition.

"This is rather the concern of other ministries and government departments not our ministry," he explained.

Chairman of the committee, Marwan Shaaban, said the requests presented to the minister during the meeting included the cancellation of the mahram condition.

He said these requests would require the consent of and the coordination with other concerned parties before being implemented.

He said he also asked the minister to exempt the counties which do not have regular systems for money transfers from the condition of remitting the Haj and Umrah fees to the ministry.

Shaaban said he and the other members of the committee presented as many as 11 recommendations to the minister to approve.

The meeting was attended by senior officials from the ministry, investors in the Umrah sector, hoteliers and other concerned officials.

http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/580392
 

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#6213 [Permalink] Posted on 12th November 2019 09:11

Photos reflect the development
of Makkah in 10 years



Mataf expansion


The passage of 10 years means that many and many have changed, both in terms of urban and cultural development, a time when some people do not notice its passage unless you see images that reflect this prosperity.


Saudi photographer Mohammed al-Bustani
 tends to take pictures of building designs in various places in Saudi Arabia. After witnessing the beginnings of the development of Makkah and the central region and the Great Mosque of Makkah, Bustani decided to accompany the lens of his camera in time, to document the stages of this rapid development, within 10 years


What are the places documented by the Saudi photographer, Mohammed Bustani, in 10 years?


Ghaza الغزة

Amer people شعب عامر

Mount Kaaba جبل الكعبة

Umm Al Qura Road طريق ام القرى


From Jabal al-Ka'bah to the people of Amer, the photographer seeks to highlight the work done in a short period of time, while documenting the chronological stages of urban and urban development in Mecca.


If you are curious about one of these places, the neighborhood of Ghaza, one of the neighborhoods adjacent to the Grand Mosque, had many hotels and popular souks. In 10 years, it has been transformed into yards of the Grand Mosque and public transport stops.


In an interview with Al-Bustani, he said that the development of these places over the past 10 years has a "great impact in organizing and providing comfort to the residents and destinations of Makkah."


The work of the gardener has not been without challenges .. After a major change in some areas, it has become difficult to restore the scene to a different angle. Although he has been waiting for many years to take one picture, the result is "fun and different," he said.


Al Bustani, an architectural specialist, tends to document the city of Makkah in many respects, such as monitoring pilgrims, pilgrims, and documenting the Hajj and Umrah seasons.


https://makkawi.com/News/Details/470...88%D8%A7%D9%85


Central gate of King Abdullah expansion



Ghaza district






Makkah Haramain station

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#6214 [Permalink] Posted on 27th November 2019 10:54
Birmingham pilgrims 'lose thousands' on cancelled Mecca trips

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-50562083

Worshippers fear they will lose thousands of pounds after their Hajj pilgrimages to Mecca were cancelled.

Pilgrims, who each bought packages through travel agent Taha Travel, in Small Heath, Birmingham, said refunds were not received and the shop was closed.

One woman took 17 years to save for her family's summer trip to Saudi Arabia.

Jameil Kendawi, of Taha Travel, said he was trying to pay back funds.

Every year millions of Muslims make the journey to Mecca.

An investigation by BBC Midlands Today found at least 11 people paid for packages for their families, which were being sold by Taha Travel for up to £4,000 each.

'Disastrous news'
It is understood the firm was not Atol protected.

Mohammad Asif Qureshi, from Birmingham, said his family's bags were packed until they received the "disastrous" news they were unable to go on their trip.

"My wife is really depressed. It took her about 17 years she was saving," he said.

"I have never heard before of somebody doing this. I've truly trusted a person.

"I thought how can somebody do this kind of job on a pilgrimage?"

Shahnaz Latif said she had been preparing for the trip for five years and the disappointment was "very hard" for the family to deal with.

In September, Mr Kendawi, a director of Taha Travel, spoke to the BBC when he was in Iraq and said he was "let down by the Saudi authorities".

The BBC has contacted Mr Kendawi on several further occasions, but he failed to respond to requests for comment.

Rashid Mogradia, the chief executive officer from the council of British Hajjis, said people should look for licensed Hajj organisers to make sure the company had a Ministry of Hajj and Umrah licence accredited by the Saudi Ministry.

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