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Haj pilgrims

History of Hajj in Russia

The Soviet period of the history of the Russian State is marked, beginning with repression and ending with the collapse of mosques and their transformation into cattle yards, expulsions of Alims to Siberia and simply their unaddressed disappearance, prohibition of praying, reciting the Quran and performing Hajj.

Saudi Arabia plans new pilgrimage airport at Taif

Source : Reuters / 09 May 2014

Saudi Arabia is planning to build a new international airport to serve pilgrims to Mecca in the nearby city of Taif, its General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) said on Thursday.

GACA is preparing a tender and will ask consortia of international and local companies to bid to develop the airport, and aims to award a contract in the first half of 2015, spokesman Khaled al-Khaibani said.


Pilgrim spending down 31 percent

By Al-Eqtisadiah / 22 Oct 2013

Spending by pilgrims fell 31 percent to SR18 billion this year compared to SR26 billion last year, according to a recently published study.

The study by Abid Al-Abdalli, professor of economics at Umm Al-Qura University, for Al-Eqtisadiah newspaper, said the drop in spending was a result of the reduced pilgrim quota introduced by the Saudi government because of the expansion work at the Grand Mosque.


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