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Dubai businessmen launch low-cost airline Air Kerala, plan to slash prices for expats

Indian expats could soon be flying home for very economical prices as a low-cost airline is one step closer to reality. Powered by two Dubai-based businessmen, Air Kerala received the initial no-objection certificate (NOC) from India’s civil aviation ministry over the weekend. This was announc

Custodian of Holy Kaaba, Dr Saleh bin Zain al-Abidin Al-Shaibi, passes away

Dr Saleh bin Zain al-Abidin Al-Shaibi, the long-time custodian and key holder of the Holy Kaaba, has passed away, according to Saudi media. He had been suffering from a prolonged illness. Dr Saleh was the 109th key holder of the Kaaba. Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin

More than 550 hajj pilgrims die in Mecca as temperatures exceed 50C

At least 550 pilgrims have died during the hajj, underscoring the gruelling nature of the pilgrimage which again unfolded in scorching temperatures this year. At least 323 of those who died were Egyptians, most of them succumbing to heat-related illnesses, the two Arab diplomats coordinating thei

Imam-e-Kaaba delivers Hajj sermon to millions gathered at Arafat

The Day of Arafat was marked by a profound sermon delivered by the Imam of the Grand Mosque of Makkah, Sheikh Maher Bin Hamad Al Muaiqly, as millions of pilgrims gathered on the plains of Arafat on Saturday, emphasising the fundamental principles of Islam. The sermon commenced with praises to A

Dozens, including several Indian workers, dead in Kuwait building fire

Kuwait City, Jun 12 (IANS/DPA): More than 35 people died when a fire broke out in a building housing workers in Kuwait early on Wednesday, officials said. At least 35 bodies were still inside the building after the fire was put out, head of the criminal evidence department at the Interior Ministr

Smart robot service launched in Madinah to assist pilgrims

A smart robot service has been launched in Madinah to assist pilgrims visiting the Prophet’s Mosque. The robot, a project from the Ministry of Health branch in Madinah province, is positioned at the courtyard next to the Prophet’s Mosque. A report by the Saudi Press Agency said the

Haj 2024: Saudi Arabia bans visit visa holders from entering Makkah with immediate effect

RIYADH:  A fine of 10,000 riyals will be imposed on illegal entry into Makkah during the Hajj season. In a statement released by the Saudi Ministry of Interior, the punishments for illegal entry into Makkah during the Hajj season were announced. Penalties for illegal entry into Makkah will b

Saudi Arabia appoints first envoy to Syria in more than a decade

DUBAI, May 26 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia appointed a new ambassador to Syria on Sunday, state news agency SPA said, the kingdom's first envoy to Damascus since the closure of the Saudi embassy there in 2012 during the Syrian civil war. Riyadh's new ambassador to Syria will be Faisal Al-Mujfel

Bhatkal Jamats in Gulf to offer free tickets to members to cast their votes

The Bhatkal Muslim Association Riyadh recently made a announcement, offering free tickets to its members interested in traveling to Bhatkal to vote in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. This initiative was aimed at encouraging voter participation among its members residing in Riyadh. Following suit,

Dubai Airports to return to normal in less than 24 hours

Dubai Airports will return to regular operations in less than 24 hours from now, the Chief Operating Officer, Majid Al Joker has said. Speaking to the Emirates News Agency, WAM, he said: “We have begun to return to normal gradually since the beginning of this morning in Terminal 1 and Termi

Heavy floods hit Dubai, airport as Oman toll rises to 18

Record rains that inundated the United Arab Emirates and surrounding countries, killing at least 18 people in Oman and bringing air travel to a standstill in Dubai, were expected to continue into Wednesday, the authorities said. Dubai typically records around five inches of rain in a year. The de

13 killed as heavy rains lash Oman causing flash floods, vehicles swept away

Heavy rains continued to lash Oman on Monday, resulting in 13 fatalities. According to UAE-based Khaleej Times, the civil defence and ambulance authority in Oman recovered the body of an individual who had gone missing in North Al Sharqiyah governorate. “As part of the efforts of the search

Eid-ul-Fitr 2024 moon sighting highlights: Shawwal crescent NOT sighted in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE. Eid on April 10

Eid-ul-Fitr 2024 moon sighting highlights: Amid cloudy weather and upcoming total solar eclipse, Muslims in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and UAE could sight Shawwal crescent moon. Eid on April 10 During the total solar eclipse tonight, the sun will briefly get completely cloaked by the moon and will be al

Bhatkally kids excel in Quran Recitation competition in Abu Dhabi

Markaz Al Nawayath Abu Dhabi on Thursday announced the participation of Abdullah, son of Ashraf Ali Musba, and Firdous, daughter of Aftab M J, in the Qir’aat competition hosted by the Indian Islamic Centre Abu Dhabi Season 3. The competition received an overwhelming response, with 260 c

Tragic accident claims four lives of Mangalurean family on Umrah journey

Saudi Arabia, Mar 21: A devastating accident has resulted in the loss of four members of a Mangalorean family, including a 3-month-old infant, during their journey from Qatar to Madinah to perform Umrah. The accident occurred on Wednesday night in Zalfa, on the outskirts of Riyadh. The victi

Crescent moon sighted in Saudi Arabia

Ramadan 2024 moon sighting: Ramadan is considered the holiest month in Islam. The day holds immense significance as it is believed that the Quran was unveiled during this holy month, which is also known as Ramzan. It is the ninth month in the Muslim Lunar Calendar and is considered to be the most si

Saudi Arabia bans iftar in mosques during Ramadan

Saudi Arabia has banned iftar meals in mosques ahead of the holy month of Ramadan, citing concerns about cleanliness inside mosque premises after eating the meal which follows a day of fasting. In a notice released by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs last week, the Saudi Arabian government said th

Saudi Arabia: Ministry offers tips for parents performing Umrah with children

Cairo: Saudi authorities have issued a set of guidelines to parents heading to Islam’s holiest site in Mecca to perform Umrah or minor pilgrimage. The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah advised parents, among other things, to teach their children to show respect for the Quran, Islam’s holy bo