Muslims from across the world are gathering in Makkah in Saudi Arabia for the annual Haj pilgrimage to take part in the following rituals: 1. Ihram: Pilgrims wear special outfits, which for men is a two-piece white seamless garment. Women wear a loose dress, generally white, with only the face...
Working hours for private sector employees in the UAE are being shortened by two hours for the holy month of Ramadan, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation announced today. The announcement comes a day after the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources declared that working hours for government employees...
While the UAE is dotted with beautiful, lavish mosques across the emirates, imagine having a private one in your own backyard or garden, or in your office. Dubai was introduced to a novel concept of a 'precious little' portable mosque on Thursday night by the Amber Palm group. The...
The General Authority for Statistics in Saudi Arabia said that this year’s Hajj has seen a total of 1,862,909 pilgrims, of whom 1,325,372 pilgrims came from outside Saudi Arabia, while the total pilgrims inside totaled 537,537 pilgrims. The total non-Saudi pilgrims numbered 1,692,417 pilgrims, while the total Saudi pilgrims reached...
MAKKAH: A gigantic wave of pilgrims, numbering hundreds and thousands, began streaming into the tent city of Mina as the sun went down on Friday. With prayers on their lips, beads clutched in their fingers, water bottles in their hands, e-bracelets on their wrists and bags on their backs, they...
Eid Al Adha holidays in UAE for the public sector will be from September 11 to September 17, and offices will resume from September 18, His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai announced on Twitter today. HH Sheikh Mohammed...
Riyadh, Dubai: The first day of Eid Al Adha will fall on September 12, Saudi Arabia has announced on Thursday night, according to Saudi media. Arafat Day, the climax of the annual pilgrimage, will fall on Sunday, September 11. Eid Al Adha comes one day after Muslim pilgrims stand on Mount...
The Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia has called on all Muslims across the Kingdom to sight the crescent of the month of Shawwal on Monday evening (Ramadan 29-July 4). In an announcement carried by the Saudi Press Agency, SPA , the Supreme Court called on whoever sights the crescent to...
The Ministry of Labour has declared that the Eid Al Fitr holiday, as an official paid holiday for all private sector employees in the UAE, will be on the first and second days of Shawwal. This came in a Ministerial Circular issued by the Saqr bin Ghobash Saeed Ghobash, Minister...
Based on the directives of the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE Cabinet chaired by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has approved Eid Al Fitr holiday for Ministries and...
Quenching the thirst of countless number of people across the globe, the Zamzam well pumps 11- 19 liters of water in a second. Located 20 meters away for the Kabba, the story of the well dates back to the time of Prophet Ibrahim(peace be upon him). The well is known...
As the holy month of Ramadan begins worldwide, countries across the globe face different fasting hours. According to the latest maps recording fasting hours worldwide, residents of Sweden and Denmark are fasting longest. Shortest fast is being observed in Argentina and Australia where fasting doesn't exceed 10 hours. Take...
Dubai: The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced the timings for different services during the holy month of Ramadan covering public car parks, public buses, Dubai Metro, Dubai Tram, marine transit modes, customer service centers, and strategic partners’ centres. Yousef Al Reda, CEO of RTA’s Corporate Administrative Support Services...
An Iranian delegation wrapped up its visit to Saudi Arabia on Friday without signing a final agreement on arrangements for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has said. The ministry said the delegation decided to return to Tehran without signing the final agreement despite two...
The working hours for employees at various Ministries and other Federal Authorities will be from 9 am to 2 pm during the Holy Month of Ramadan, according to Circular No. 17 of 2016 issued by the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources, FAHR. The circular is issued as per...
London's iconic red buses and public transport in other British cities will carry banner adverts featuring the Arabic phrase "Subhan Allah" (Glory be to God) in a bid to encourage British Muslims to support Syrian war victims. The posters will appear on hundreds of buses during Ramadan, which begins...
Muslims across the UAE are expected to fast 15 hours and 10 minutes this holy month of Ramadan which is expected to begin on June 6. According to Ibrahim Al Jarwan, a researcher in astronomy and metrology, the average temperature forecast during the holy month will be around 42...
(NEWSER) – A priest rolling around his church on a "hoverboard" while singing May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You on Christmas Eve earned a round of applause from his congregation and a quick suspension from his diocese, NBC News reports. It's unknown how the birthday boy felt...
The Ministry of Labour has declared on Thursday, December 24 2015, as an official paid holiday for the private sector to celebrate the birthday anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Saqr Ghobash, the UAE Labour Minister, made the announcement as per the implementation of the provisions of Article...
Saudi Arabia’s civil defense says that at least 453 pilgrims have died on Thursday when a stampede broke out in the city of Mina, reported Al Arabiya News. At least 719 others were injured in the crush at a crossroads on Street 204 at the camp city at Mina, a...
ARAFAT: Nearly two millions pilgrims from 164 nations gathered on Wednesday on the plains of Arafat, about 20 km from Makkah, for what is described as the most important and central element of the five-day annual Haj pilgrimage. The pilgrims began moving into Arafat from Mina on Tuesday night. They...
Eid Al Adha holidays for the public and private sector were today announced by the UAE government. Holidays for employees of ministries and federal government departments will be from Wednesday, September 23, 2015, and work will resume on Sunday, September 27, 2015, according to a circular issued today by the...
Riyadh: The first day of Eid Al Adha will fall on September 24, Saudi Arabia said on Sunday, Al Arabiya TV reported. The announcement was made after the kingdom’s official moon-sighting body detected the Dhul Hijjah crescent. September 23 will be Arafat day, since Eid Al Adha comes one day after...
Dubai: Travel and hotel bookings have surged on expectations that UAE residents will have a long weekend later this month, sources told Gulf News. With a five-day long break likely to begin in the fourth week of September on account of Arafat or Hajj Day and Eid Al Adha, tour...
Abu Dhabi: Eid Al Fitr in the UAE will be on Friday, July 17, announced the UAE Moon Sighting Committee. The committee, which met on Thursday night (July 16) under the chairmanship of Sultan Bin Saeed Al Badi, Minister of Justice, said upon verification and sighting of the crescent moon...
JEDDAH: More than two million worshippers offered Isha and taraweeh prayers on 27th night of Ramadan at the Grand Mosque in Makkah, in a highly spiritual atmosphere. The government led by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has ensured elaborate security as well as comfort by providing all...
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has worked out a comprehensive plan for managing the traffic movement and mass transit means in Dubai as part of preparations for the upcoming Eid Al Fitr holiday. Directional signs have been installed in the Burj Khalifa district and the Downtown area, which...
The Eid Al Fitr holidays for federal ministries and authorities will begin from Thursday 29th Ramadan 1436 (16th of July) and end on the 3rd of the month of Shawwal. For the private sector, the holidays will be on the 1st & 2nd of Shawwal, the Ministry of Labour announced...
ABU DHABI // Despite the annual warnings, hundreds of people have been admitted to emergency rooms already this Ramadan because of overeating at iftars. Burjeel Hospital has treated at least 50 patients a day for gastroenteritis, vomiting, acute stomach pain, acute inflammation of the stomach and diarrhoea caused by eating...
Abu Dhabi — A 143-year-old decorative curtain that covers the door of the Holy Ka’aba is on display at the capital’s Marina Mall during the holy month. This curtain is made of pure silk with silver and gold thread. Visitors to the mall can get a glimpse of this historical...