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Saudi Arabia makes COVID vaccine mandatory for Haj pilgrims

Saudi Arabia’s Health Ministry has issued an order ruling that only those who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 will be allowed to attend the Haj this year. According to Saudi newspaper Okaz, the Health Ministry order said, "The Covid-19 vaccine is mandatory for those willing to come to the haj and will be one of the main conditions (for receiving a permit to come)." 

Mar 04, 2021, 10:30 AM IST

FIRST EVER! Indian-Saudi Arabia armies to undertake joint bilateral exercises

In December of 2020, in another significant development, Indian Army Chief General MM Naravane had visited Saudi Arabia. It was the first time any Indian Army chief had visited the west Asian country in what is a clear sign of growing ties between New Delhi and Riyadh.

Feb 12, 2021, 18:00 PM IST

Yemen's Houthi rebel target Saudi Arabia's Abha International Airport, sets plane on fire: Report

Col. Turki al-Maliki, the spokesman for the Saudi-led military coalition, said coalition forces intercepted and destroyed two bomb-laden drones launched by the Houthis toward the kingdom. He condemned the assault as a "systematic and deliberate attempt to target civilians in the southern region" of Saudi Arabia.

Feb 10, 2021, 18:53 PM IST

Saudi Arabia bars entry of non-citizens from 20 countries, including India

As part of precautionary measures imposed by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health, the entry of travelers from over 20 countries is banned from Wednesday (February 3) in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases in the country. Over 310 new positive cases were recorded day before the ban.  


Feb 03, 2021, 13:08 PM IST

Five countries ban flights from South Africa amid concerns over new coronavirus strain

Germany, Turkey, Israel, Switzerland and Saudi Arabia have suspended flights from South Africa after a coronavirus variant was recently discovered in the country.

Dec 22, 2020, 13:59 PM IST

Explosives-laden boat hits fuel ship BW Rhine at Saudi Arabia port, ministry says

In what it called a terrorist attack, Saudi Arabia has said that a fuel transport ship anchored at a Jeddah terminal was hit by an explosive-laden boat.

Dec 15, 2020, 01:57 AM IST

Netanyahu met Saudi crown prince, Pompeo in Saudi Arabia on November 23

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secretly visited Saudi Arabia on Sunday and met Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. 

Nov 23, 2020, 14:09 PM IST

Diwali gift for India! Saudi Arabia removes PoK, Gilgit-Baltistan from Pakistan's map

The world map displayed on a 20 Riyal banknote issued by Saudi Arabia initially showed Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and Kashmir as parts of Pakistan but it was removed later.

Oct 29, 2020, 09:59 AM IST

Special Report: War of humanity versus bigotry?

Saudi Arabian ‘revolution’ against bigotry. Watch special report.

Oct 29, 2020, 08:34 AM IST

Saudi Arabia has fastest 5G download speed, S Korea second --Full list of 15 countries

Saudi Arabia delivered an average 5G download speed of 377.2 Mbps.

Oct 20, 2020, 16:24 PM IST

Haj 2021 will depend on national-international COVID-19 guidelines, says Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi stated that the entire Haj 2021 process might witness a significant change in view of necessary guidelines. 

Oct 19, 2020, 23:29 PM IST

Saudi says it busted terrorist cell trained by Iran's Revolutionary Guards; 10 arrested

Saudi Arabia said on Monday it had taken down a terrorist cell this month that had received training from Iran`s Revolutionary Guards, arresting 10 people and seizing weapons and explosives.

Sep 29, 2020, 13:37 PM IST

Second batch of Indian deportees from Saudi Arabia to reach India on September 24

The first batch of around 500 deportees was sent in May to Hyderabad. 

Sep 19, 2020, 22:02 PM IST

Oldest human footprints found in dunes of northern Saudi Arabia

The discovery of human footprints, if confirmed, would mark the oldest trace of our species yet found in the Arabian Peninsula, which sits at the gateway to early humans’ spread around the world,

Sep 18, 2020, 19:49 PM IST

Saudi Arabia jails eight over Jamal Khashoggi murder, fiancee decries trial

A Saudi Arabian court on Monday jailed eight people for between seven and 20 years for the 2018 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, state media reported, four months after his family forgave his killers and enabled death sentences to be set aside.

Sep 08, 2020, 08:25 AM IST

Blow to Islamabad as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman refuses to meet Pakistan Army chief Qamar Bajwa

In a major diplomatic blow to Pakistan, Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohd Bin Salman refused to meet Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and ISI Chief Lt Gen Faiz Hameed.

Aug 20, 2020, 13:01 PM IST

Turkey President Erdogan attempts to displace Saudi Arabia as leader of Muslim world

The recent agreement of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with Israel to establish diplomatic relations sent a clear message that acceptability of Israel is increasing in the Middle East and the Arab world is now working towards ensuring peace in the region. However, this development was not well received by the entire Muslim Ummah as Turkey aggressively attacked UAE for the move.

Aug 20, 2020, 09:34 AM IST

DNA analysis of changing relations between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan

Daily News and Analysis (DNA) hosted by Zee News Editor-in-Chief Sudhir Chaudhary, brings to you analysis of the top news of the day. In this segment of DNA, we analyse changing relations between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

Aug 19, 2020, 23:44 PM IST

Saudi Arabia ends loan, oil supply to Pakistan, snaps decade-long friendship

Pakistan was also made to pay back USD 1 billion to Saudi Arabia, which was part of a $6.2 billion package announced by Saudi Arabia in November 2018, which included a total of $3 billion in loans and an oil credit facility amounting to $3.2 billion.

Aug 12, 2020, 16:51 PM IST

No Haj for Indian Muslims this year as Saudi Arabia bans international pilgrims

For Haj 2020, above 2,300 women had applied without Mehram (male relative) and they will be allowed to go to Haj in 2021 on basis of their application for Haj 2020 only. Besides, women without Mehram who file fresh application for Haj 2021, will also go to Haj.

Jun 23, 2020, 13:34 PM IST