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Pilgrims can't carry these items inside Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia

09:27 PM | 12 Feb, 2024
Pilgrims can't carry these items inside Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH - The authorities in Saudi Arabia have enforced a ban on carrying a few items inside the Grand Mosque, Islam's holiest site visited by millions of Muslims each year.

The Grand Mosque in Mecca has taken measures to enhance the safety and comfort of Umrah pilgrims during their circumambulation rituals and the Sa'i between Safa and Marwa.

Saif Al Salami, Supervisor of the Grand Mosque Gates Department, confirmed that unauthorized water bags, travel bags, and food items are now prohibited from entry into the mosque premises.

The official highlighted the importance of these measures, emphasizing that any items that could potentially disrupt the pilgrims' experience are subject to the ban.

In particular, large travel bags have been singled out due to their bulkiness, which poses safety concerns in crowded areas. These measures are part of a broader initiative aimed at facilitating a smooth and secure pilgrimage experience for all attendees.

The list of prohibited items includes food and beverages, except for coffee, dates, and water, as well as sharp instruments, flammable liquids, and strollers besides large bags.

These restrictions aim to streamline the movement of pilgrims within the Grand Mosque, especially during peak worship times. By reducing unnecessary obstructions, authorities seek to enrich the spiritual atmosphere and maintain the focus on the religious significance of the Umrah pilgrimage.

The Grand Mosque in Mecca houses the Holy Kaaba, drawing millions of Muslims from across the world to offer prayers and perform Umrah and Hajj. The authorities are currently preparing for the upcoming Hajj scheduled in June for which the agreements have also been signed with different countries.

As far as statistics are concerned, the kingdom welcomed around 2 million pilgrims for Hajj last year and the number of Umrah pilgrims crossed 13 million; last year, the kingdom had lifted social distancing protocols which were in place after the pandemic brought travel to a standstill. 

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 24 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 24, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

On Saturday, Euro stands at 302  for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 24 February 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94

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