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‘No entry for expats not using Saudia’
October 1, 2014, 8:33 am

The Saudi authorities prevent entry for non-GCC pilgrims who arrived in Saudi Arabia on Kuwaiti airline companies - Kuwait Airways and Al-Jazeera, while Saudia, the Saudi Arabian national carrier continued carrying all pilgrims irrespective of their nationality until Tuesday, midnight, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily.

The daily went on to say the Kuwait Airways and Al-Jazeera could continue carrying GCC pilgrims only also until Tuesday, midnight. The sources pointed out 40 non-GCC pilgrims who arrived in Saudi Arabia to perform the Hajj ritual aboard Kuwait airlines companies were returned back to Kuwait.

The sources also pointed out airlines other than Saudia which carried non- GCC pilgrims deliberately requested the pilgrims not to wear the Ahram clothing (men’s and women’s garments worn by Muslim people during the Hajj and umrah), until they reached the outskirts of Makkah to help them perform the pilgrimage for fear they may be sent back for not arriving aboard Saudia.

Meanwhile, a reliable source at the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs said the Ministry has informed all licensed Hajj caravans that the deadline for entering Saudia is Dhul Hijja 6 and for pilgrims taking other airlines, the deadline is Dhul Hijja 4. It is due to this deadline many pilgrims were forced to book on Saudia.

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