Articles tagged “mecca”

Saudi Arabia Claims Qatar Blocks Its Hajj Flights for Qatari Pilgrims

Saudi Arabia Claims Qatar Blocks Its Hajj Flights for Qatari Pilgrims

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press

It isn't surprising that Qatar would bar Saudi aircraft — given the recent hostilities between the two countries — even if it's to pick up pilgrims for the hajj. When Saudi Arabia comes to terms with Qatar over their overall issues, then landing rights would be granted.

2 years ago

Saudi Arabia Struggles to Become Tourist-Ready

Saudi Arabia Struggles to Become Tourist-Ready

Vivian Nereim and Glen Carey, Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia has a lot of societal issues to solve before it can even be on a serious tourism map of the planet. And so far it has come back with lots of big plans, and nothing else. "Saudi Arabia doesn’t even issue tourist visas." We rest our case.

2 years ago

Airbus Is Pitching Its A380 as the Perfect Aircraft for Mecca Pilgrimage

Airbus Is Pitching Its A380 as the Perfect Aircraft for Mecca Pilgrimage

Andrea Rothman and Deena Kamel Yousef, Bloomberg

The small window in which the planes are needed makes the A380 a hard buy unless there are other routes to shift it to during the rest of the year.

5 years ago