Haj Diary: Day Two

By SIRAJ WAHAB | ARAB NEWS Arafat, Nov. 5, 2011 The highlight of this year’s Haj is, without a doubt, the railway that is shuttling tens of thousands of Saudis, Indians, Pakistanis, Egyptians, Indonesians, Malaysians and Europeans. The high-tech trains picked up pilgrims with valid tickets at various stations at […]

Arabnews Editorial: Essence of Haj

Today is the Day of Arafat. More than 2.5 million pilgrims, including 1.8 million who have come from abroad, will gather on the plains of Arafat today for the most important ritual of the Haj — praying, chanting and reciting the Qur’anic verses and supplicating before their Creator. Makkah has […]


By SIRAJ WAHAB | ARAB NEWS Published: Nov 5, 2011 01:08 Updated: Nov 5, 2011 01:08 MINA, Nov. 4, 2011 Haj 2011 has begun on a bright note with hundreds of thousands of pilgrims, including men, women and children, converging on this tent city with prayers and talbiyah on their […]

Millions converge on Mina

By SIRAJ WAHAB & SYED FAISAL ALI | ARAB NEWS MINA: The valley of Mina came alive as more than 2.5 million pilgrims from around the world converged on the tent city on their first stop to the plains of Arafat. There was adequate security. Officers were out in full […]

The formative Swiss years of a Thai king

by Marc-André Miserez, Before he became the king of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej lived an almost ordinary life as a student on Lake Geneva in western Switzerland. A new book, written in French by Swiss journalist and author Olivier Grivat, looks at the adolescence of a shy young man, who […]