A relatively fewer number of Muslims pray around the Kaaba in Holy City of Makkah on Wednesday. AP
Saudi Arabia suspended Umrah pilgrimages to the two Holy cities of Makkah and Medina for Saudi citizens and the kingdom's other residents due to coronavirus concerns, state news agency SPA reported on Wednesday.
Saudi Arabia reported its first case of the new coronavirus on Monday from an individual who had not disclosed his visit to Iran when entering Saudi Arabia.
Cleaners wear protective face masks, following the outbreak of the coronavirus, as they swipe the floor at the Kaaba in the Grand Mosque on Tuesday. Reuters
"Based on the recommendations of the committee appointed to monitor coronavirus...it has been decided to suspend Umrah for citizens and residents in the kingdom," SPA said, citing an official source in the Saudi interior ministry.
The decision will be reviewed regularly and reversed when the situation changes, it added.
They were also barred from "visits to the Prophet's mosque in Medina," according to a foreign ministry tweet.
Saudi Arabia last week halted Umrah visas for foreigners and banned Gulf citizens from visiting the two cities because of the virus.
It also banned tourists from at least 25 countries where the virus has been found, and on Tuesday it limited arrivals of travellers from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.
All cases are being monitored round-the-clock, are in a stable condition and are receiving all necessary health care, MoHAP affirmed.
Joint humanitarian efforts saw the completion of the project within 48 hours since the UAE's announcement of evacuating students from neighbouring countries from the city of Wuhan on Wednesday.
Saudi Arabia announced on Saturday that it has placed new preventive measures in its fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19), by temporarily restricting the entry of Emirati, Kuwaiti and Bahraini nationals into the country.
The embassy noted that it coordinated with UAE national carriers Emirates Airlines and Etihad Airways and Saudi national carrier Saudi Arabian Airlines to operate flights for the next 72 hours according to the announced schedule. It commended in this regard the notable cooperation shown by officials of the national carriers in question.
The passenger repeatedly tried to remove the woman's hair but it was of no use as the woman was insisting on spreading her hair all over the place.
The Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi celebrated the 49th UAE National Day with fireworks display and concerts across the emirate.
Around 11.30 am, more than 20 yachts embarked on a cruise. The yachts went on a circular formation with the flag being hoisted in the middle from another yacht.