The Saudi government has lifted social distancing measures, allowing full-capacity attendance at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca for the first time since the start of the pandemic. Follow DW for the latest.
Muslims gather before the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca to attend prayers marking Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday which starts at the conclusion of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.
Saudi Arabia, home to Islam's holiest shrines, begins the year-round umrah pilgrimage for Muslims, following the authorities' announcement that only people immunised against Covid-19 will be allowed to attend. AERIAL
14 May 2020
Saudis set up a field hospital with a capacity of 100 beds to treat coronavirus patients in the holy city of Mecca.
10 May 2020
Due to the global coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Ramadan is an unusual one for the Muslim community who are used to gathering together to pray and share meals as a community. Mosques around the world, including the holy sites in Mecca and Medina, have also been closed. These are a few of the reasons why this year's Ramadan is looking very different for adherents Islam around the world.
28 Apr 2020
Muslim worshippers pray while respecting the social distancing restrictions next to the Kaaba in Mecca's Grand Mosque. Saudi Arabia partially lifted its curfew but said it would maintain a round-the-clock lockdown in the holy city of Mecca.
10 Apr 2020
Drone images show the roads of the Saudi holy city of Mecca deserted during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Saudi Arabia's health minister warned of a huge spike in coronavirus cases of up to 200,000 within weeks, state media reported. The warning came after the kingdom extended the duration of daily curfews in multiple cities, including the capital Riyadh, to 24 hours in a bid to limit the spread of the deadly virus.
20 Aug 2018
The islamic pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj) is one of the five pillars of Islam and a religious duty for every able-bodied Muslim. The pilgrimage takes place once a year.
27 Aug 2017
Hundreds of thousands of Muslim pilgrims attend evening and night prayers at Mecca's Grand Mosque gathering together from all parts of the world to perform the annual pilgrimage of Haj.