Pilgrims from all over the world are pouring into the Kingdom every day to fulfill one of the five pillars of Islam -- the Hajj.
The Saudi Airlines, Saudia, has completed all measures to carry 9,000 pilgrims on its regular direct routes from Heathrow and Manchester Airports in the UK. According to al Sharq al Awsat daily, Saudia will operate also a direct flight from Copenhagen to serve the pilgrims.
Meanwhile, reports from Oman suggest that the number of pilgrims from the Sultanate this season will amount to 20,000. About 13,000 are Omanis and the remainder 7,000 are expatriates residing in the country. Al Watan daily quote official sources as saying that the Omani pilgrims camp in the Holy City of Makkah will put special attention on safety and comfort. There is a complete ban on lighting fires for cooking purposes inside this camp.
The official Omani delegation will departure for Saudi Arabia on February 28th, and will be headed by Sheikh Ahmed Ben Saud A Siyabi, the general secretary of the Omani fatwas office.
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