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Saudi co-pilot lands passenger jet solo after captain dies

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A Saudi Arabian Airlines co-pilot found himself in an unenviable position earlier this week, having to land a passenger jet single-handed after his captain died moments before arrival in Riyadh. Captain Walid bin Mohammed Al Mohammed suffered a fatal heart attack on Monday as he was trying to land his plane, which was carrying up to…

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Saudi Arabia Grants 2.6 mn Visas to Perform Umrah This Year

Umrah is an Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. Unlike Haj, Umrah can be undertaken any time of the year

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Hajj in Saudi Arabia. Image Source: Wikimedia

Saudi Arabia has granted 2.664 million visas for pilgrims to perform Umrah this year, a 2.79 per cent up over the corresponding period last year, according to official statistics released on Friday.

Up till now, 2.250 million pilgrims have entered the kingdom to perform Umrah, a growth of 3.47 per cent over the same period last year, the Saudi Ministry of Haj and Umrah said.

Saudi Arabia issues 2.6 mn Umrah visas. (Wikimedia Commons)

Up to 1.9 million pilgrims have already performed Umrah to date and left the Kingdom, an increase of 3.05 per cent over the same period.

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Umrah is an Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. Unlike Haj, Umrah can be undertaken any time of the year. (IANS)