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Mosques Open for Prayers, Umrah and Hajj Remain Uncertain

Mosques Open for Prayers, Umrah and Hajj Remain Uncertain

While Hajj and Umrah remain uncertain, Saudi Arabia allowed mosques to open for Friday and daily prayers. Read here: https://www.arabnews.com/node/1680266/saudi-arabia.

The Prophet Mosque in Madinah will operate with 40% its capacity with restrictions being lifted in stages while Makkah remains in full lockdown. The Umrah and Hajj pilgrimages, which attract millions of worshipers yearly, remain suspended until further notice. What does this mean for Saudi Arabia?

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Features & Reports

This Ramadan Was Different

This Ramadan Was Different

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, this year Ramadan in the Saudi Arabia and the entire Muslim world will not be the same.

On 10 April, the government in Saudi Arabia announced it what it considers the last in a series of restrictions which it has imposed on the nation to combat COVID-19, even before the first case was reported in the country. The holy cities of Makkah and Madinah will shut down completely. In addition, no prayers will take place in the holy mosques of Makkah or Madinah, or any other mosques in the country. People may only move within their district, from 8 AM to 3 PM, and only to shop for food or medicines.

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Saudis in Lockdown

Saudis in Lockdown

At first, I could not grasp the depression that overcame me with the gradual lockdown. I tried to reason with myself, but still continued feeling trapped.

Like many other cities in the world, Dubai went into lockdown. The closure happened gradually, making it easier for citizens to adjust overtime in anticipation of the upcoming situation, thus avoiding the shock of an instant shutdown.

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About Saudi Times

This blog gives insights on challenges Saudi society faces, reflecting the people’s mindset. It attempts to close gaps of understanding.

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Al Juffali: First Female Saudi Racing Driver

Al Juffali: First Female Saudi Racing Driver

At the age of 27, Reema Al Juffali drove her first official race in Riyadh this month. The event was organized by the Saudi International Automobile Federation. This is her second car racing appearance this year; her first was international appearance was at F4 British Championships at Brands Hatch in April.

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Saudi Artist on BBC Top 100 Women List

Saudi Artist on BBC Top 100 Women List

This month, the BBC has revealed its list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2019. These are women who drive change on behalf of women everywhere.

This year’s list included Manal Al Dowayan, a Saudi photographer and artist from Dhahran. She is not the first Saudi female on this list. Her work is an interesting and innovative way of reflecting on Saudi women in society.

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