Saudi Arabia To Reopen To Vaccinated Tourists After 17-Month Covid Closure

Reading Time: 5 minutes Currently only immunised pilgrims resident in Saudi Arabia are eligible for umrah permits. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia announced Friday it would reopen its borders to fully vaccinated foreign tourists after a 17-month closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, the state news agency said. However, Riyadh did not announce any lifting of restrictions on the … Read more

Smart cards and robots: Saudi Arabia’s ‘digital hajj’ – Times of India

Reading Time: 6 minutes MECCA: Thirty years ago, it took Egyptian pilgrim Ibrahim Siam several hours to track down his children when they went missing in crowds of worshippers during the hajj in Saudi Arabia. Fast forward to the modern day and things are far simpler, meaning Siam, now 64, need not worry about losing track of his family … Read more

Pilgrims Arrive In Mecca For Second Pandemic Hajj

Reading Time: 9 minutes 60,000 Saudi residents with vaccine certificates will join Hajj this year. (File) Mecca: Pilgrims began arriving in the holy city of Mecca on Saturday for the second downsized hajj staged during the coronavirus pandemic, circling Islam’s holiest site in masks and on distanced paths. The kingdom is allowing only 60,000 fully vaccinated residents to take … Read more

Saudi Lawsuits Threaten To Expose Secrets On US Covert Operations

Reading Time: 9 minutes The cases mark the latest twist in a feud between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Saad Aljabri Riyadh: Two lawsuits pitting Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler against a former intelligence czar threaten to expose highly sensitive US government secrets, prompting Washington to consider a rare judicial intervention, documents show. The cases in US … Read more

Rare Saudi Arabia Vs UAE Clash Deepens OPEC+ Oil Crisis

Reading Time: 10 minutes OPEC+ is scheduled to meet again virtually on Monday at 3 p.m. Vienna time. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates cranked up the tension in their OPEC standoff as the rare diplomatic spat between long-time allies leaves the global economy guessing how much oil it will get next month. The bitter clash has forced … Read more

‘Marriage without strings’: Saudi confronts rise of ‘misyar’ – Times of India

Reading Time: 8 minutes RIYADH: The Muslim no-strings-attached “misyar” marriage often done in secret is fast pervading Saudi society — a boon for cash-strapped men unable to afford expensive traditional weddings, but deplored by critics for legitimising promiscuity. The practice, usually a temporary alliance in which the wife waives some conventional marriage rights such as cohabitation and financial support, … Read more

Two Saudi women’s rights activists released from prison – Times of India

Reading Time: 8 minutes DUBAI: Two Saudi women’s rights campaigners have been released from prison, three years after a sweeping crackdown by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman targeting female activists who’d peacefully advocated for greater freedoms, rights groups said Sunday. It now appears that all the women’s rights activists detained in the 2018 sweep have now been released from … Read more

Saudi Arabia Releases Two Jailed Women Activists: Rights Group

Reading Time: 5 minutes Saudi Arabia: Activist Samar Badawi had received US’ International Women of Courage Award in 2012 (File). London: Saudi Arabia has released two women’s rights activists detained nearly three years ago after they had served their time, London-based Saudi rights group ALQST said on Sunday. Samar Badawi and Nassima al-Sadah were detained in July 2018, along … Read more