Makkah and Madinah

Saudi Government hikes visa fees for pilgrims performing Hajj

by Sophia Soltani | 06 Nov 2016

A hike in visa fees to Saudi Arabia has been met with heavy criticism, with many Muslim countries voicing concerns that the plan will be an added burden to pilgrims visiting Islam’s holiest sites. As part of the proposed plan from the Saudi Government, a single entry visa now costs $533, an increase from the

Saudi Commission for Tourism bans four types of TV channels in hotels

by Sophia Soltani | 14 Jun 2016

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) has banned four types of TV channels from airing in any of the hospitality establishments based in Makkah and Madinah. Madinah SCTH Director Khalid Al-Shihrani said the commission implemented new regulations on hotels and other establishments in the hospitality industry to respect the holiness of the

Millennium & Copthorne open third hotel in Saudi

by Sophia Soltani | 17 Mar 2016

Millennium and Copthorne, Middle East and Africa (MEA) have officially announced the launch of Millennium Hotel Hail, Saudi Arabia with an opening ceremony attended by His Royal Highness Prince Saud bin Abdul Mohsen Al Saud.  The opening marks the group’s third hotel in Saudi Arabia and is at the start of expansion plans across the









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