Saudi to open Makkah for umrah

RIYADH (AFP) – Saudi Arabia will re-open the Muslim holy places for the year-round umrah pilgrimage tomorrow, scaled back and with extensive health precautions, seven months after coronavirus prompted its suspension.

The umrah, the pilgrimage that can be undertaken at any time, usually attracts millions of Muslims from across the globe each year. It will be revived in three stages, with the initial phase seeing just 6,000 citizens and residents already within the kingdom allowed to take part each day.

More details on Weekend’s Borneo Bulletin