But Saudi Arabia partially lifted the coronavirus ban on Sunday and is allowing citizens and residents to start performing umrah at 30 per cent capacity. The kingdom took the rare step of suspending the Umrah – the smaller pilgrimage that draws millions all year round from around the world – in early March as the coronavirus morphed into a global pandemic and prompted countries to impose lockdowns and curfews to slow down transmission. Economists have estimated Mecca's hotel sector may lose at least 40% of pilgrimage-driven income this year. .css-8h1dth-Link{font-family:ReithSans,Helvetica,Arial,freesans,sans-serif;font-weight:700;-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;color:#FFFFFF;}.css-8h1dth-Link:hover,.css-8h1dth-Link:focus{-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}Read about our approach to external linking. Only Saudi citizens and residents will be permitted to enter the mosque during this first phase of reopening, and each pilgrim has up to three hours to complete the pilgrimage. The stress relief you need! Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group, Pilgrims wearing face masks reentered the Grand Mosque in small groups, Kuwait's ruler Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah dies aged 91. Zahrani said: 'It is hard to think that this will be the new normal, I pray every day for the corona to end.'. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. It is phasing the reopening of its mosques as part of a gradual easing of restrictions across the kingdom. Religious pilgrimage generates $12billion in revenues from worshippers' lodging, transport, gifts, food and fees, according to official data. Excluding items purchased with Afterpay, you may return an item in person at any Mecca Cosmetica, Mecca Maxma or MECCA store. They had to self-isolate for three days after arriving in Saudi Arabia before being allowed to circle around the Kaaba - the holiest site in Islam - in the centre of the Grand Mosque. Some 6,000 pilgrims each day can perform the umrah 'meticulously and within a specified period of time', Saudi Hajj Minister Mohammad Benten said. Americans vote in divisive US election: Live news, Everything you need to know about US elections – in infographics, How to follow the Electoral College as the votes come in, Al Jazeera Centre for Public Liberties & Human Rights. Worshippers have returned to Mecca after Saudi authorities partially resumed the year-round umrah pilgrimage after seven-month coronavirus … Despite taking early and sweeping measures to contain the virus, Saudi Arabia has recorded nearly 336,000 cases, including 4,850 deaths. Pilgrims return to Mecca as Saudi Arabia eases COVID restrictions. ', Some 6,000 pilgrims are allowed each day to perform the umrah 'meticulously and within a specified period of time', Saudi Hajj Minister Mohammad Benten said, From October 18, a second stage will allow the number of umrah pilgrims to be increased to 15,000 per day. In pictures: Foreign Muslims return to Mecca for Umrah pilgrimage Foreign Muslim pilgrims have been allowed into the Grand Mosque in Mecca for … .css-14iz86j-BoldText{font-weight:bold;}Foreign Muslim pilgrims have been allowed into the Grand Mosque in Mecca for the first time since coronavirus restrictions were imposed seven months ago. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. In coronavirus safety measures, the Grand Mosque will also be sterilised before and after each group of worshippers enter. The second phase for loosening restrictions at the Grand Mosque comes into effect on October 18, allowing a maximum of 15,000 pilgrims and 40,000 for prayer from among residents and citizens based on allocated times via the app. Pilgrimage is the backbone of a plan to expand tourism under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's drive to diversify the economy of the world's top oil exporter. However Afterpay purchases can be returned in store for an exchange or gift card credit. In Return to Mecca, Avi Lipkin reviews the biblical history of Mecca and Medina and the Israelites' sojourn in the Arabian desert for 38 years followed by two years in the deserts just to the East of the Jordan River.

Until then, the health ministry will vet countries from which pilgrims are allowed to enter based on the health risks. M&S shoppers can book timed slots to do their food shop as new lockdown looms - while Primark boss demands... Cleaned out! Saudi Arabia has reported 347,282 cases of Covid-19 and 5,402 deaths since the pandemic started, and 333,842 recoveries. Worshippers have returned to Mecca after Saudi authorities partially resumed the year-round umrah pilgrimage after seven-month coronavirus hiatus. Only 10,000 Saudi Muslim residents were allowed to perform the annual Hajj pilgrimage in July this year, vastly down from the millions who have taken part in previous years, like the one pictured below in 2016. Lawyers call for offence to be extended to... SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: One horror crash that Bernie Ecclestone must be enjoying. A limited number of people circled Islam’s holiest site in Mecca on Sunday after Saudi Arabia lifted coronavirus restrictions that had been in place for months. .css-gw44ni-IconContainer{display:inline-block;height:1em;width:1em;vertical-align:-0.125em;margin-right:0.25em;}play.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link{color:inherit;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited{color:#696969;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited{-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link:hover,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited:hover,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link:focus,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited:focus{color:#B80000;-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link::after,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited::after{content:'';position:absolute;top:0;right:0;bottom:0;left:0;z-index:2;}Coronavirus: Scaled back Hajj pilgrimage begins. 2 November 2020 13:06 WIB Panic-buyers are faced with EMPTY shelves after Tesco customers wrestle for bargains in chiller... Nearly half of all coronavirus patients in some hospitals caught the illness AFTER being admitted, new... What to do if your holiday plans are in ruins... again: Are you due a refund? We have missed the spiritual feeling of pilgrims roaming the city. Senior service bans smoking on board vessels from January, Brussels sprouts are now Britain's favourite green vegetable. Each group of 20 or 25 pilgrims will be accompanied by a health worker and medical teams will be on the ground in case of an emergency. Zahrani became a full time Uber driver after losing his construction job during the three-month national lockdown imposed in March.

Saudi Arabia recently began easing some restrictions on international flights. Is a Covid-19 vaccine coming at the start of December? A maximum of 40,000 people, including pilgrims and other worshippers, will be allowed to perform prayers at the mosque.

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. The kingdom held a dramatically downsized Hajj pilgrimage in July due to concerns that it could easily have become a global super-spreader event for the virus. UK records 20,018 new Covid cases - 12% FEWER than last Tuesday - but... Nobody counted the cost: Robert Jenrick is forced to admit there was NO full report made on the economic... Rishi Sunak is being 'bounced' by the Prime Minster into extending the furlough scheme package after... TONY BLAIR: How we can - and MUST- make this the last lockdown Britain has to face. The comments below have been moderated in advance. The first group of Muslims, allowed in the mosque compound by appointment, practice social distancing, as they perform Umrah in the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia [Yasser Bakhsh/Reuters]Muslim travellers from outside Saudi Arabia could be allowed to perform the Umrah as early as November 1, the Interior Ministry has said.

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