Gulf Times - Makkah
PM's presence at Makkah summits shows Qatar's keenness for peace in region

PM's presence at Makkah summits shows Qatar's keenness for peace in region

HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani participated in the opening session of the Emergency GCC Summit ...

PM to attend Gulf summit in Makkah, says foreign ministry official

PM to attend Gulf summit in Makkah, says foreign ministry official

HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani will attend a Gulf summit in Makkah this weekend, one of the first high-level meetings with blockading nations ...

Indonesian fashion designer jailed for cheating pilgrims

Indonesian fashion designer jailed for cheating pilgrims

An Indonesian fashion designer who shot to global fame with her Muslim-themed collection was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Wednesday for a multi-million dollar fraud and money-laundering.

Haj pilgrims trekking for final day of devil-stoning ritual

Haj pilgrims trekking for final day of devil-stoning ritual

Pilgrims were trekking en masse in a desert valley near the Saudi holy city of Makkah to perform the third and final day of a symbolic devil-stoning ritual as part of the annual Haj that ends on Sunday.

Haj pilgrims perform symbolic devil-stoning ritual

Haj pilgrims perform symbolic devil-stoning ritual

Large numbers of security forces have been deployed across the Saudi desert valley of Mina, a tent city located around 7 kilometres north-east of Makkah, to prevent any stampede.

1.4mn pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia before Haj

1.4mn pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia before Haj

More than two million people are expected to participate in this year's Haj, a pillar of Islam that capable Muslims must perform at least once in their lives, which starts next week.

Saudi coalition downs Yemeni rebel missile near Makkah

Saudi coalition downs Yemeni rebel missile near Makkah

A ballistic missile fired by Yemen's Houthi rebels toward the holy city of Makkah in Saudi Arabia was shot down late on Thursday, said the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen.

Saudi man attempts self-immolation in Makkah

Saudi man attempts self-immolation in Makkah

Saudi police arrested an apparently ‘mentally disturbed’ man who tried to set himself on fire at Islam's holiest site, the Grand Mosque in Makkah, a police spokesman said on Tuesday.

Saudi court dismisses Makkah death crane case

Saudi court dismisses Makkah death crane case

A Saudi court on Thursday dismissed charges against 13 accused over a crane collapse that killed dozens at Islam's holiest site, a newspaper reported on its website.

Saudi freeze may be easing as Jeddah projects announced

Saudi freeze may be easing as Jeddah projects announced

Saudi Arabian authorities have announced three public transport projects in the port city of Jeddah, a sign that a freeze on new infrastructure work in the kingdom may be easing as the government slows its austerity drive.

Makkah chief in Iran swipe over Islam divide

Makkah chief in Iran swipe over Islam divide

The governor of Saudi Arabia's Makkah region on Wednesday urged Muslim religious leaders to fight sectarianism, an indirect criticism of Shia Iran.

Haj pilgrims get ID bracelets after deadly stampede

Haj pilgrims get ID bracelets after deadly stampede

Saudi Arabia has begun issuing Haj pilgrims with identification bracelets one year after a stampede killed around 2,300 people. The bracelets are a reassurance to some pilgrims.