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

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 ...

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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 ...

Disgraced former Spanish king 'hiding in Abu Dhabi'

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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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Former Spain king leaves country after Saudi corruption allegations

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

Outrage after Vogue Arabia films raunchy photoshoot in <em>Medina</em>

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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

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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

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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'

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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.

Muhammed Nafih Wafy

Saudi Arabia's erasure of its Ottoman history will backfire

Comment: Saudi Arabia is distancing itself from its Ottoman past to fuel its rivalry with Turkey, whipping up jingoistic sentiments, and resurrecting the ghosts of racism, writes Muhammed Nafih Wafy.

Kamal Afzali

Everything you need to know about Hajj 2020

This year's Hajj pilgrimage has been scaled back to 1,000 participants in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus. Here is everything you need ...

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Al-Aqsa 'under threat' by Israel, Jerusalem's grand mufti warns

Jerusalem's Grand Mufti Ekrima Sa'id Sabri said Israel is becoming increasingly violent towards Muslim worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

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Saudi Arabia announces new coronavirus deaths as lockdown eases

The kingdom has reopened 90,000 mosques across the country despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

Former Spanish king faces probe over Saudi kickbacks scandal

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Former Spanish king faces probe over Saudi kickbacks scandal

Former King Juan Carlos allegedly received $100 million in kickbacks from Saudi Arabia in relation to a multi-billion dollar rail deal.

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Saudi Arabia records highest daily coronavirus cases, closes mosques

The Gulf kingdom has confirmed 3,369 infections in 24 hours, many originating from re-opened mosques.

Saudi coronavirus cases top 100,000 ahead of the hajj

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Saudi coronavirus cases top 100,000 ahead of the hajj

Saudi Arabia's total number of coronavirus infections rose to 101,914 – the highest in the Gulf.

Saudi Arabia reimposes lockdown on Jeddah following coronavirus spike

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Saudi Arabia reimposes lockdown on Jeddah following coronavirus spike

Saudi Arabia has renewed lockdown restrictions in Jeddah for two weeks following a resurgence of virus cases, a week after measures were eased.

Masks and no ablution: Saudis flock to reopened mosques

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Masks and no ablution: Saudis flock to reopened mosques

Saudi Arabia is relaxing coronavirus measures by allowing Mosques to reopen at limited capacity.

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