COVID-19: Is Saudi Arabia considering to suspend Hajj for the public?

Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Noor-ul-Haq Qadri on Wednesday said that Saudi authorities have so far refused to accept applications from pilgrims, therefore, Hajj will likely be affected in 2021 as well. According to local media reports, Noor-ul-Haq Qadri told journalists that he is aware of people’s concerns regarding Hajj, adding that he is “constantly… Continue reading COVID-19: Is Saudi Arabia considering to suspend Hajj for the public?

MBS struggles to make Saudi Arabia a moderate state

Saudi Arabia’s combustible mix of religion, nationalism, and tradition as well as contradictions in the kingdom’s projection of itself as a driver of moderate Islam and major voice in combatting discrimination and racism spark heated debate on social media. How the mix plays out will ultimately spotlight the outcome of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s… Continue reading MBS struggles to make Saudi Arabia a moderate state

Saudi Arabia releases two Saudi-American political prisoners

Saudi Arabia on Thursday provisionally released two Saudi-Americans after nearly two years of detention, campaigners and sources close to their families said, as the kingdom’s rights record comes under renewed US scrutiny. Salah al-Haider, the son of a leading women’s rights activist, and Bader al-Ibrahim, a writer and doctor, were detained in April 2019 and… Continue reading Saudi Arabia releases two Saudi-American political prisoners

Saudi Arabia closes entertainment centres as corona virus cases spike

Saudi Arabia on Thursday shut down entertainment centres including cinemas and suspended dine-in services at restaurants, tightening coronavirus restrictions amid a spike in infections. The kingdom suspended “all events and parties” including weddings in banquet halls or hotels for 30 days, the interior ministry said in a statement released by the official Saudi Press Agency.… Continue reading Saudi Arabia closes entertainment centres as corona virus cases spike

Saudi bars entry from 20 countries including Pakistan as Covid-19 surges

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday suspended entry from 20 countries, ranging from some neighbouring states to the United States, in a bid to curb a jump in coronavirus infections. The interior ministry announced the “temporary suspension” would be effective from 9.00 pm (1800 GMT) on Wednesday, according to the official Saudi Press Agency. The ban applies… Continue reading Saudi bars entry from 20 countries including Pakistan as Covid-19 surges

Saudi team cleans Holy Kaabah at Grand Mosque in record ’40’ minutes

A team of Saudi expert men cleaned the roof of Holy Kaabah in record 40 minutes at the Grand Mosque of Makkah on Tuesday. Management of the Grand Mosque released the video of the cleaning of Holy Kaaba on its official Twitter handle. In a message posted on Twitter, the management of Masjid Al-Haram also… Continue reading Saudi team cleans Holy Kaabah at Grand Mosque in record ’40’ minutes

Explosions over Riyadh as CENTCOM commander visits area

Jan 26, 2021 Two explosions have been heard over Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh on Tuesday afternoon, Reuters reported. Video circulated on social media exhibiting puffs of smoke suspended within the sky over town round 1 p.m. native time. The explanation for the blasts was not instantly recognized. BBC Arabic cited witnesses as saying Saudi air defenses have… Continue reading Explosions over Riyadh as CENTCOM commander visits area

Saudi Arabia and Iran’s chilly conflict| Start Here

Why are Saudi Arabia and Iran locked in a modern-day chilly conflict? And what does it imply for the remainder of the area?

MBS’s Vision 2030: Modernization, reforms and authoritarianism

The need for modernization For a naïve spectator, who doesn’t understand the interplay of geopolitics, economy, and regional power struggles; the reforms which Muhammad Bin Salman (MBS) in Saudi Arabia is championing will be nothing short of revolutionary. Thinking that MBS’s realization for the Arab society’s need to come at par with the western powers… Continue reading MBS’s Vision 2030: Modernization, reforms and authoritarianism

Jailed Saudi, Chinese activists among top rights prize finalists

A prominent Saudi women’s rights activist and a Chinese rights lawyer, both imprisoned, plus a photojournalist from Turkmenistan were nominated Monday for a top human rights prize. Organisers of the Martin Ennals Award hoped that the nominations could shine a light on abuses in authoritarian states. “The finalists distinguish themselves by their bravery and deep… Continue reading Jailed Saudi, Chinese activists among top rights prize finalists