Articles tagged “mecca”

Tourism

Saudi Arabia May Close Borders to Overseas Hajj Pilgrims for the Second Time

There's still time until July 17 for the kingdom to make the call, but with uncertainty around the new Covid variants, it would be unwise.

Saudi Arabia May Close Borders to Overseas Hajj Pilgrims for the Second Time

Tourism

Saudi Arabia Suspends Mecca Pilgrimages Amid Virus Fears

The precautionary measure to limit entry to Islam’s holiest sites is a wise move on Saudi Arabia’s part, but this would mean a major hit on Umrah travel agents worldwide.

Saudi Arabia Suspends Mecca Pilgrimages Amid Virus Fears

Airlines

Saudi Arabia Claims Qatar Blocks Its Hajj Flights for Qatari Pilgrims

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.

Saudi Arabia Claims Qatar Blocks Its Hajj Flights for Qatari Pilgrims

Tourism

Saudi Arabia Struggles to Become Tourist-Ready

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.

Saudi Arabia Struggles to Become Tourist-Ready

Airlines

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

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.

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