KSA holy sites could re­main open all year

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Saudi Ara­bia is mulling the op­tion of keep­ing the holy sites of Mina, Arafat and Muz­dal­i­fah open through­out the year.

Speak­ing ex­clu­sively with Okaz/Saudi gazette, min­is­ter Ban­dar Al-Ha­j­jar said the holy sites will re­main open for Um­rah pil­grims on con­di­tion that there are no ex­ces­sive religious prac­tices.

“We are con­sid­er­ing the step in co­or­di­na­tion with 20 other min­istries and govern­ment de­part­ments which are in­volved in the Haj ser­vices,” he told the pa­per.

He also re­vealed that next Haj sea­son it will be oblig­a­tory for each pil­grim to wear an elec­tronic bracelet which con­tains all data about him/her in­clud­ing name, Haj mis­sion, ad­dress in the holy sites and other in­for­ma­tion.

Arafat could be open year round for pil­grims

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