Hajj set to begin amid Qatar-Saudi tensions and Egypt's economic woes

Muslim worshipers pray around the Kaaba Islam's holiest shrine at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca

Muslim worshipers pray around the Kaaba Islam's holiest shrine at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca

The Saudi government officially shut border points, including air, sea and land, two days before the day of Arafat, which is scheduled for Monday, August 20, to among others, effectively manage both human and resources that would cater for over 1.7 million pilgrims from across the globe, who have already arrived in the holy cities.The country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through its foreign missions, has issued 1.720 million visas to pilgrims across the world for this year's hajj.Of the total number, 1,584,085 arrived by air, 84,381 by land and 16,163 by seaports. For the first time this year, Indian women will be going on Haj without the company of a male relative.

The NAHCON boss announced that some reforms would be undertaken during the next Hajj.

According to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the company did visual presentation on its readiness on the seventh day of Hajj this year, reviewing its operational capacity.

A record 1,75,025 Muslims from India are going to Hajj this year. "Because of the war the cost was very high".

The interior ministry has put in place measures to confront any security threat from militant attacks to political protests, but no specific threats have been detected, a spokesman said.

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Meanwhile, hundreds of Nigerian pilgrims have begun movement to Mina tents where they are expected to continue the Hajj rites.

Najwa, 59, from Tunisia, said: "I came for Umrah in 2007 and today after 10 years of registering and waiting, I am here".

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Hajj inaugural flight took off with 446 Kogi Pilgrims on July 21 in Abuja, followed by 382 from Nasarawa State. "I cry every day".

This includes electronic identification bracelets, connected to Global Positioning System, that were introduced after a 2015 crush killed hundreds.

"We have a fleet of more than 18,000 buses, all of them linked to a control system that tracks their path".

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