I am very excited to announce this as my favourite destination is Makkah and planning Umrah for my customers, so there will be few more articles to help you insha’Allh.
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Dubai Tourism is betting big on the cruise tourism which attracted about 625,000 visitors during the previous years , with a target of achieving 20 million tourists annually by 2020.
Number of cruise tourists coming to Dubai has grown by six times from a modest 105,000 visitors during 2006-07 in the last 10 years, officials from Dubai Tourism informed. The cruise tourism registered a powerful growth of 16-18 per cent for last year, while it is expected to maintain the similar growth track with large number of visitors coming from India.
As the number of Indian visitors grew by 25 % last year ,Dubai sees India as an important source country for cruise tourism , and in 2017-18 it is expected to grow by around 30 %. "India is 14th top source countries after top ones such as Germany, Italy, UK and the US. We are confident we will achieve our strategic goal of one million cruise tourists to Dubai by 2020-21 season," said Jamal Humaid Al Falasi( Director, Cruise Tourism, Dubai Tourism).Falasi accompanied by other officials from Dubai Tourism and representatives of cruise liners among others were in Ahmedabad for a road show to stimulate cruise tourism in Dubai.
The 2017-18 season Dubai Cruise starts from October 25 th with the arrival of cruise ship Seabourn Encore. More recently, Dubai Cruise also reported that P&O Cruises would be home porting in Dubai for the first time during the 2018-19 season.
Nearly 1,000 Qataris have crossed the border with the Kingdom as of late Thursday, nearly 650 of whom have come to perform Hajj, according to Saudi Arabia authorities.
The Tawasol (Communication) Center has been showered with phone calls from Qataris inquiring about their travel to the Kingdom for the pilgrimage, said Abdullah Al-Madlaj, secretary-general of the King Salman Center for Hajj and Umrah.
Committees have been formed and deployed to the holy sites in Makkah, tasked with responding to any questions from pilgrims, including those from Qatar, he added.
The pilgrims were mainly asking about services offered as part of the King Salman Hajj and Umrah program, he said.
Qataris are still crossing the border, many in their own vehicles, Al-Madlaj added.
Reception sites are supplied with catering services, and pilgrims are told the names and addresses of the hotels they will be staying in at the program’s expense, he said.
The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, which oversees the King Salman Hajj and Umrah program, has deployed representatives at the Salwa border, and others in Dammam and Al-Ahsa, to provide services to Qatari guests.
The number of guests of the program for this Hajj season has reached some 4,000.
Pakistan's Mother Teresa,German-born nun Ruth Pfau, who dedicated her life to eliminate leprosy in Pakistan, died on Thursday in the southern city of Karachi. She was 87.
Dr Ruth Katharina Martha Pfau, Born in 1929, had been living in Pakistan since 1960. She founded the Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre in Karachi, Pakistan's first hospital dedicated to treating the disease, and opened branches across the country.
Unlike India captain Virat Kohli, Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed did not betray his emotions ahead of Today’s ICC Champions Trophy final at The Oval.
While Kohli chose to be boring and refrained from hyping the battles, Sarfraz was candid in admitting that adrenaline was running high in the Pakistan dressing room.
This will be the first time since 2007 that India and Pakistan will fight in the final of a major ICC event.
In 2007, both sides had encountered in the final of the World T20 in Johannesburg and India had won by five runs. But this is an entire different team and as coach Mickey Arthur said, “doesn't know the fear of failure”.
Sarfraz’s new-found confidence stems from a grip of youngsters who have come to the Pakistan party when the chips were down. Bowlers Hasan Ali, Rumman Raees, batsman Fakhar Zaman and bowling all-rounder Faheem Ashraf have give the team a new identity after the retirement of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan.
“The way youngsters have performed in this tournament is really encouraging for us, they all have played an important part in bringing Pakistan to the final of this tournament,” said Sarfraz.
Arthur, who had called the Edgbaston defeat against India on June 4 as “shambolic,” has now changed his views about the team. The experienced coach has made some strategic improvements too.
“We have concentrated more this time on our own games, on our own game plans, as to where we want to go with the game. We analyzed India a lot before the game at Edgbaston, and we have sort of backtracked a little bit on that now,” said Arthur.
Pakistan overcame a familiar attack of batting nerves to beat Sri Lanka by 3 wickets in a see-saw Group B game at Sophia Gardens to set up a Champions Trophy semi-final with hosts England back in Cardiff on Wednesday.The other semi-final will pit Group B winners India against Group A runners-up Bangladesh at Edgbaston on Thursday.
Pakistan bowled Sri Lanka out for just 236. Pakistan got a 74-run opening stand and were at one stage 92 for 1. Pakistan then threatened to unleash their inner Pakistan as they collapsed to 162 for 7, before their captain Sarfraz Ahmed and Mohammad Amir did something very unlike Pakistan: hold their calm.
Sarfraz remained unbeaten on 61 and Amir provided an equally valuable contribution, taking singles to rotate the strike as he reached an unbeaten 28 to help Pakistan seal their semifinal spot in the Champions Trophy with a thrilling three-wicket win at Cardiff Wales Stadium on Monday (June 12). They were helped along by some ordinary fielding by Sri Lanka, who knocked themselves out after dropping regulation catches at crucial times.
That Pakistan had to chase a modest total was down to their left-arm pacers Junaid Khan and Amir. They picked up two wickets each between the 32nd and 35th overs as Sri Lanka lost 4 for 6 to slide downhill from 161 for 3. Junaid finished with 3 for 40 from his 10 overs, which included three maidens, with two of those being wicket maidens.
Even the captain suffered the occasional rush of blood, however, and was twice dropped on 38 and 40 by Thisara Perera and substitute fielder Seekkuge Prasanna off a disconsolate Lasith Malinga. The same bowler had also seen opener Azhar Ali spilled by Asela Gunaratne in his first over.For a while it hardly seemed to matter as excellent bowling from Malinga (1-52) and Nuwan Pradeep (3-60) ensured a regular procession of batsmen from the wicket.
Earlier, Sri Lanka had suffered a collapse of their own as superb left-arm pace bowling from Amir and Junaid Khan reduced Sri Lanka from 161-3 to 167-7 in four devastating overs.
Charging in with great pace and guile, Amir removed danger man Angelo Mathews for 39 and opener Niroshan Dickwella, whose 73 had provided the base to Sri Lanka’s innings.Junaid (3-40) added to the mid-order carnage as Sri Lanka, who had begun breezily to reach 82-1 from 14 overs, could do little more than see out their overs to post a disappointing 236 all out, with Hasan Ali also weighing in with 3-43.Sri Lanka’s total always looked below par, particularly after Pakistan pinch-hitter Fakhar Zaman smashed a quickfire 50 in 11 overs. But his departure without adding another run set the nerves jangling and by the end Pakistan were limping home.
Pakistan’s semi-final will be their first meeting with England in a 50-over tournament since 2003 and their first knockout clash since they won the 1992 World Cup final.
Some of us think we will suddenly be ready when Ramadan starts, but planning will make the changeover a lot easier. The following are 10 ways to prepare your body for the month of Ramadan.
Food consumption: Begin with eating average quantities. Do not drop on food because Ramadan is approaching. This will only increase your appetite and make it more difficult to fast.
Early breakfast: During Ramadan, we wake up early for Suhoor, the pre-dawn meal for the fast begins. It is essential not to skip this. Start having an early breakfast from now to help your body get used to the earlier hours, especially if you are not much of a typical breakfast eater.
Do not snack: Get used to having three main meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner – and avoiding snacking in between. During Ramadan, you will have to get used to having two main meals, Suhoor and Iftar. This way, you will only have to cut out one meal.
Reduce coffee intake: If you are a coffee-lover and do not want to have a punching headache during the first few days of Ramadan, start reducing your caffeine intake now. Switch to decaf, one coffee at a time, until you are only drinking decaffeinated coffee, then cut it out altogether.
Disengage off smoking: Smokers who enter Ramadan unprepared may experience various withdrawal symptoms such as short temper , anger, restlessness, impatience, and difficulty concentrating during fasting hours. To avoid this, reduce smoking during the day to simulate what will happen when you fast. It is also good to view Ramadan as an opportunity to quit bad habits such as smoking and all.
Voluntary fast days: What better way to prepare yourself for Ramadan Fasting than through practice? Try doing a few fasts(Sunnah) in the run up to Ramadan to help you adapt. This is also a great opportunity to make up for any missed fasts from last year Ramadan.
Regulate sleep: If you normally sleep late and wake up late, start regulating your sleep from now, because during Ramadan you will be waking up early for Suhoor. You might also be sleeping earlier as a result. Alternatively, have an afternoon nap and sleep a little later. Whatever sleeping habit you choose, start to simulate it from now.
Stock up: Meal-planning before Ramadan can save you a lot of nuisance, especially during the first week of Ramadan while you are busy adjusting. Prepare your menu for Ramadan Iftar and Suhoor for the first seven days, list the ingredients needed, and go grocery shopping now when you are still full of energy.
Local doctor: If you have concerns over your ability to fast for whatever reason, be it diabetes, high blood pressure or reflux, now is the time to schedule an appointment with your family doctor. Check with your doctor if it is safe for you to fast.
The world's most affordable country, India boasts a very low CPI of 24.02, which can only be a good thing given 44% of the population live on less than a dollar a day. Rental prices for a one-bedroom property average just $104 (£85) per month and a restaurant meal costs around $2.21 (£1.80).
Its CPI currently at 26.33, Pakistan has become more affordable in the past year – in 2015 the country was the fourth most affordable on the planet. Even in Pakistan's largest city Karachi, consumer prices and rents are cheap – a one-bedroom apartment will set you back just $100 (£81) a month on average.
The most economical country to live in Europe, Moldova is extremely affordable with a CPI of 26.90. Everything from groceries to transportation are cheap in the former Soviet republic, and a one-bedroom property in the capital Chisinau averages just $167 (£136) a month.
With a CPI of 26.95, the cost of living in the Ukraine is a massive 63.65% lower than the US and more impressively, rental prices in the capital Kiev are 87% lower than New York City. To give you an idea about how cheap it really is, a one-way metro journey costs just 8 cents (7p) and a McDonald's Big Mac costs only $1.55 (£1.26), the cheapest in the world after Venezuela.
Last year, Kazakhstan was the 49th most affordable country in the world – it's now the fifth cheapest. Although food prices are rising, other items and services are becoming cheaper. For instance, a single bus journey costs only 27 cents (22p).
Now the sixth cheapest place to live in the world, Nepal was the third most affordable in 2015. If you're thinking about relocating to Kathmandu, you won't need a lot of cash to get by. You can dine out for $1.66 (£1.35) a head and rent a one-bedroom apartment for just $76 (£62) a month.
With a CPI of only 28.97, the cost of living in Tunisia is the lowest in Africa. Dining out is ultra-economical in the capital Tunis – a basic meal costs just $2.16 (£1.76) on average and rental costs average $145 (£118) per month for a one-bedroom property.
The former Soviet republic is a cheap place to live with a CPI of 29.10. In Baku, the country's capital, you can rent a one-bedroom apartment for just $136 (£111) a month and snap up a single metro ticket for the bargain price of 11 cents (9p) – a monthly travel pass costs just $6.72 (£5.46).
More affordable than its neighbor Morocco, Algeria has a CPI of 30.08, up from 28.55 in 2015. Utility bills are ridiculously low in the oil-rich country at just $28 (£23) a month on average, and a one-bedroom property in the capital Algiers costs only $148 (£120) a month.
Last year's seventh most affordable country is this year's 10th – the cost of living has risen in Georgia of late. Still, with a CPI of 31.60 , the country is super-cheap. A one-bedroom apartment in Tbilisi is priced at a budget-friendly $151 (£123) on average and a single bus ticket is just 18 cents (15p).
A haven for renters, Macedonia is one of the cheapest countries in the world to rent an apartment. The country boasts a CPI of 32.04 and a one-bedroom property in the centre of the capital Skopje costs only $169 (£137) a month.
Sri Lanka has a CPI of 32.12 and the South Asian country is one of the most affordable in the region. In the capital Colombo, you can eat out for just $1.68 (£1.37) a head and rent a one-bedroom apartment for just $156 (£127) a month.
Amid political tension and a severe drought, the African country's CPI has fallen dramatically since 2015, down from 50.83 to 32.33, but while prices has fallen, wages are depreciating so the country's citizens are no more or less worse off.
South America's most affordable country, Colombia has a low cost of living and a CPI of just 32.40. While rental prices in Bogota are relatively high, dining out and transportation are super cheap. A restaurant meal can cost as little as $3.34 (£2.72) and a one-way bus ticket just 67 cents (54p).
The cost of living in Egypt has fallen since last year and the current CPI stands at 32.62, down from 36.71 in 2015. Transportation and eating out are especially cheap in Cairo – a one-way bus ticket will cost you just 10 cents (8p) and you can grab a hearty meal for $2.88 (£2.34).
Although renting and buying property in the capital Lagos are expensive, especially on the upscale Victoria Island, the cost of living elsewhere in Nigeria is low – the CPI is just 32.71 and the average rental price for a one-bedroom apartment is just $53 (£43) a month.
Tempted to emigrate to Central America? With a CPI of 33.07, the low cost of living in Mexico is a major draw. Even in the relatively pricey capital, rental prices are rock bottom – the average one-bedroom property in Mexico City costs just $286 (£233) a month.
One of Europe's most affordable countries, Albania is a very cheap place to live. A basic restaurant meal averages just $5.81 (£4.72) and a one-way bus journey costs only 31 cents (25p). Rents are also affordable at just $155 (£126) a month for a one-bedroom apartment in the capital Tirana.
It has become even more affordable to live in Armenia over the past year. The country's current CPI stands at 33.41, down from 38.30 in 2015. Groceries and rental prices are especially cheap in Armenia.
Although housing costs and imported products like clothing and fresh fruit tend to be on the pricey side in Belarus, transportation costs and basic foodstuffs which are regulated by the government are dirt cheap, hence the low CPI of 34.40.
Another European country that boasts a low cost of living, Serbia has a CPI of 34.55. Eating out and rental prices are particularly affordable – a basic restaurant meal costs just $5.49 (£4.46) and the average one-bedroom apartment just outside central Belgrade averages only $187 (£152) a month.
Uganda is among the most affordable countries in Africa with a CPI of 34.60. While groceries are relatively pricey, pretty much everything else is easy on the wallet. Rental prices for a one-bedroom property in the capital Kampala average only $117 (£95) a month.
Thinking about setting up home in Bangladesh? Given its low CPI of 34.94, you won't have to pay much to live there. A one-bedroom apartment in the suburbs of Dhaka costs an average of $84 (£68) a month and a regular restaurant meal can be had for just $2.53 (£2.05).
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Housing costs are especially cheap in the former Yugloslav republic, which has a CPI of 35.13. Renters in Mostar, for instance, pay an average of around $136 (£110) a month for a one-bedroom apartment.
The Philippines has a CPI of 35.27, a slight decrease from last year's 36.05. Although imported clothing and utility bills are relatively dear, rental costs, property prices and food are ultra-affordable in the country. By way of an example, a one-bedroom property in Manila costs just $179 (£145) a month to rent on average.
Russia has become a lot more affordable over the past year. Its CPI currently stands at 35.63, down from 44.27 in 2015. Apart from housing in upscale neighborhoods in Moscow and St Petersburg, rental prices are low, and monthly utility bills are fairly cheap at $92 (£75) on average.
The North African country is the 27th most affordable in the world with a CPI of 35.66. Housing costs in Morocco are low, groceries are inexpensive and eating out is particularly reasonable – you can pay as little as $3 (£2.40) for a restaurant meal in the country.
Bulgaria's neighbor is almost neck and neck in terms of cost of living. However, with a CPI of 35.73 Romania has the edge when it comes to affordability. You can expect to pay a mere $355 (£288) a month for a small apartment in central Bucharest and only 32 cents (26p) for a one-kilometer taxi ride.
The refreshingly affordable Eastern European country is the 29th cheapest on the planet with a CPI of 37, up slightly from 2015. A decent one-bedroom property in central Sofia costs around $300 (£243) a month, a three-course restaurant meal averages $11 (£9) and a one-way metro ticket is just 85 cents (70p).
While housing costs in Bolivia have been on the rise, the South American country remains a bargain place to live with a CPI of 37.60. A one-bedroom apartment in the capital Sucre for instance will set you back only $226 (£183) a month, while monthly utility bills for a mid-sized apartment average $42 (£34).
Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) has witnessed over 5 million Umrah pilgrims arrive and depart since the beginning of the Umrah season on November 1, said a report
A total of 2,588,357 pilgrims arrived and almost the same numbers departed, said a report in SaudiGazette citing Turki Al-Dheeb, director of the airport’s department of information and public relations.
To cope with the rise in traveller numbers, all Umrah flights “will be directed to Haj Terminal so as to expedite the immigration process”, Al-Dheeb said.
“We are coordinating with all the concerned departments at the airport to ensure the safety and comfort of pilgrims,” he added.
Air traffic has been further augmented by the entry of new air companies which are operating domestic and international flights to and from the airport, the report said.
According to Dheeb, the lounges of the Haj Terminal can accommodate up to 1,800 pilgrims an hour and are fully equipped to receive and serve all arriving and departing pilgrims.
Meanwhile a total of 4,154,069 pilgrims arrived in Madinah since the beginning of the Umrah season.
Prince Muhammad Bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Madinah received 6,546 Umrah flights, an increase of about 18.15 per cent over their number last year.
The ministry said four countries — Pakistan (24.61 per cent), Indonesia (15.93 per cent), India (9.34 per cent) and Turkey (7.28 per cent) — received the bulk of Umrah visas issued by Saudi diplomatic and consular missions.