Two hundred Maldivians miss out on Hajj pilgrimage after Saudi slashes quota

Two-hundred Maldivians will miss out on the annual Hajj pilgrimage this year after the Saudi Arabian government reduced the quota for Maldives from 1,000 to 800.

Islamic Minister Sheikh Mohamed Shaheem Ali Saeed said at a press conference yesterday (June 17) that the Saudi government communicated the decision to the ministry this week.

According to local media reports, Shaheem explained that the Saudi government reduced the quota as a result of ongoing work to expand the area around the Kaaba in Mecca.

Consequently, Shaheem added, only 22,000 people would be able to perform the tawaf (circling the Kaaba) in one hour compared to 48,000 in the past.


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  1. Ah, renovating the Arab tourist site to cater to the elite in style. The Imperialists can do whatever they please and Dhivehistanis will just have to shut up and agree. They do business with the US and Israel, they spend the millions gained from Hajj on Disney Park visits and nightclubs, they destroy heritage, spill blood in the Sacred Temple and kill the previous rulers of the Hijaz - but no matter, Dhivehistanis will still keep on obeying their Arab masters and giving them their hard-earned life-savings, The Arabophilia of Dhivehistanis is actually funny when you seriously think about it.....


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