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Photos: How Saudi Arabia ensured a Covid-free Haj 2021

Web report

Published on July 22, 2021 at 18.08

Only 60,000 vaccinated citizens and residents of the Kingdom were allowed to participate this year.

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Muslim pilgrims are seen through a glass window as they circumambulate the Kaaba, while wearing masks and maintaining social distancing. Photos: AP
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Pilgrims pray in front of the Kaaba at the start of the annual Haj pilgrimage.
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Saudi police women, who were recently deployed to the service, stand alert in front of the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque.
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A wheelchair pilgrim is pushed as she circumambulates the Kaaba.
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The pilgrimage to Makkah is required once in a lifetime of every Muslim who can afford it and is physically able to make it.
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Pilgrims pray on top of the rocky hill known as the Mountain of Mercy on the Plain of Arafat.
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Women pilgrims were allowed to perform Haj without a guardian in social reforms introduced this year.
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A pilgrim casts stones at a pillar in the symbolic stoning of the devil, the last rite of the annual Haj.
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A Muslim pilgrim shaves his head after he casts stones at a pillar symbolising the stoning of Satan.
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Workers disinfect the grounds as pilgrims circumambulate around the Kaaba.
 
 
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