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A new 30-minute limit will be placed on the nightly Taraweeh prayers in mosques across the kingdom.

The hajj minister has been replaced by Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Friday.

Saudi Arabia demands pilgrims vaccinate against Covid-19

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Saudi Arabia demands pilgrims vaccinate against Covid-19

The Saudi minister of health has said in a circular that all Muslims wishing to undertake the Hajj in 2021 will need proof of vaccination.

Why Israel and Turkey could reset fraught relations

Alex Kassidiaris

Why Israel and Turkey could reset fraught relations

Analysis: With rapid changes in the Middle East amid a fluid geopolitical landscape, Turkey could be poised to mend ties with Israel.

Denmark's women-led Mariam Mosque: Unorthodox reformation or overdue recognition?

Jad Salfiti

Denmark's women-led Mariam Mosque: Unorthodox reformation or overdue recognition?

Sherin Khankan and a group of Islamic academics founded the women-led Mariam Mosque in Copenhagen in 2016, sparking a debate among mainstream ...

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Rare Christmas sales in Saudi Arabia

For decades, Christmas sales were largely underground, and Christians from the Philippines, Lebanon and other countries celebrated behind closed doors or in expat enclaves.

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G20 host Saudi under fire over human rights

Saudi Arabia, the first Arab state to host a G20 summit, has faced disapproval over its human rights record.

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Saudi Arabia reopens Umrah pilgrimage to foreigners

Saudi Arabia reopened the Umrah pilgrimage to foreign visitors on Sunday, authorities confirmed.

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Saudi Arabia reopens Umrah to Muslims from abroad

Saudi Arabia will reopen the umrah to foreign visitors from November 1.

Mecca to reopen for limited pilgrimages after 7-month pause

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Mecca to reopen for limited pilgrimages after 7-month pause

Saudi Arabia will reopen for umrah pilgrimage after a long break in response to Covid-19.

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Saudi Arabia to gradually resume umrah pilgrimage

The year-round umrah pilgrimage will resume gradually from October 4, Saudi authorities said.

Lawrence of Arabia’s home restored as tourist attraction

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Lawrence of Arabia’s home restored as tourist attraction

TE Lawrence's Red Sea home is being renovated and turned into a tourist attraction.

Saudi Arabia committed to 'fair solution' for Palestinians

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Saudi Arabia committed to 'fair solution' for Palestinians

The comments follow the UAE's controversial normalisation deal with Israel.

Turkey celebrates Battle of Manzikert with historical music video

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Turkey celebrates Battle of Manzikert with historical music video

Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Turkey - with its penchant for period pieces - has dropped a music video to celebrate the 949th anniversary of the Battle ...

Women in swimsuits video sparks anger in Saudi Arabia

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Women in swimsuits video sparks anger in Saudi Arabia

A group of young men and women dancing in swimwear to Arabic tunes sparked outrage in Saudi Arabia.

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Spanish royal palace confirms that ex-king fled to UAE

The royal palace in Spain has confirmed previous reports that former King Juan Carlos, who faces corruption allegations, has fled to Abu Dhabi

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Saudi appoints women in senior roles in holy mosques

Saudi Arabia has appointed 10 women in senior roles at Islam's two holiest sites, authorities said Sunday, as the conservative petro-state seeks ...

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Disgraced former Spanish king 'hiding in Abu Dhabi'

A Spanish newspaper alleges scandal-hit former king Juan Carlos is staying in a $12,000-a-night suite at the Emirates Palace hotel, after ...

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Disgraced former Spanish king 'hiding in Abu Dhabi'

A Spanish newspaper alleges scandal-hit former king Juan Carlos is staying in a $12,000-a-night suite at the Emirates Palace hotel, after ...

Former Spain king leaves country after Saudi corruption allegations

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Former Spain king leaves country after Saudi corruption allegations

Spain's former king has been dogged by a corruption scandal involving Saudi Arabia.

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Outrage after Vogue Arabia films raunchy photoshoot in Medina

A controversial photoshoot of top international supermodels took place inside the historical site of Al-Ula in the province of Saudi's holy city ...

Saudi scholar publishes in Israeli journal for first time

The New Arab Staff

Saudi scholar publishes in Israeli journal for first time

The academic article may stoke controversy among supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which advocates an academic ...

The Invisible Muslim: Journeys Through Whiteness and Islam

Assia Belgacem

The Invisible Muslim: Journeys Through Whiteness and Islam

Book Club: Medina Tenour Whiteman contemplates identity and belonging in a poignant memoir on her experiences as a white Muslim.

Saudi poll on legalising alcohol blasted as 'cyber crime'

The New Arab Staff

Saudi poll on legalising alcohol blasted as 'cyber crime'

The Twitter-vote has received nearly 16,000 comments, many of which characterise the proposal as an affront to public decency.

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