Makkah to own world’s largest hotel

In additi­on to 10,000 rooms, it will featur­e 70 restau­rants and multip­le helipa­ds

The Abraj Kudai according to the design plan. PHOTO COURTESY: Dar al Handasah

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Asking the right questions

By Aisha Sarwari

It goes without saying that when a guest comes to your house you don’t ask difficult questions. This is perhaps why Imam Kaaba Sheikh Al-Ghamdi was so overwhelmed by the love and support he got from Pakistanis during his visit here. This is actually supported by a Pew Research Centre . . . → Read More: Asking the right questions

Please keep Hajj out of politics!

The uproar started on social media, then spun out of control after a news site published the story.

It was claimed that the Hajj application form now featured a new question – ‘Are you Shia?’ – purportedly added at the behest of Saudi Arabia.

The first time I came across this controversial story on a . . . → Read More: Please keep Hajj out of politics!

Syria may be Saudi Arabia’s next target

In a heated exchange at the United Nations on April 21, Riyadh’s representative,Abdallah al-Mouallimi, made a thinly veiled reference to the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen before saying that Saudi Arabia will spare no effort to also help the Syrian people. This provoked a sharp response from Syria’s ambassador to the UN, Bashar . . . → Read More: Syria may be Saudi Arabia’s next target

Turkey and Saudi Arabia have always helped rebels

The Saudi clan fears two things: the rise of a non-Saudi tribe in its neighbourhood and the idea that the people can bring in a change in government

The recognised government of Syria has been under attack by militants mostly belonging to terrorist outfits guising themselves as Islamists. Their actions have . . . → Read More: Turkey and Saudi Arabia have always helped rebels

Every Bakistanis job to defend Yemen

So much noise and yet so little knowledge. It’s rather amusing to see so many Pakistanis celebrating the Parliament’s resolution to remain neutral in the Yemen conflict. They are cheering Pakistan’s decision not to send its troops to fight on the side of the Saudis against the Houthi rebels.

However, most probably by the time . . . → Read More: Every Bakistanis job to defend Yemen

What happens in Mecca, stays in Mecca

While it seems that the ambiguity over the role Pakistan will play in the Yemen crisis is going nowhere any time soon, there are two questions that come to mind. When did it start? And more importantly, when will it end? Though I would like to think that only the Prime Minister would . . . → Read More: What happens in Mecca, stays in Mecca

Why can’s Saudi Arabia fight their own wars

By IRFAN HUSAIN

HERE’S an odd thing: Saudi Arabia, a state with a defence budget of some $80 billion, is asking Pakistan, which spends around $7bn, for help.

The answer to this riddle lies in the kingdom’s well-known aversion to putting its soldiers in harm’s way. When Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990, . . . → Read More: Why can’s Saudi Arabia fight their own wars

Pakistan’s hesitations on Saudi – Yemen war

(By Tim Craig and Shaiq Hussain) War-weary Pakistani lawmakers are balking at committing troops to the Saudi-led campaign against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, complicating efforts by Saudi Arabia to build a broad coalition for a possible ground offensive.

On Wednesday, for the third consecutive day, Pakistan’s Parliament debated whether to send troops, and perhaps . . . → Read More: Pakistan’s hesitations on Saudi – Yemen war

What Pakistan must not do in Yemen

(BY YASMEEN AFTAB ALI) Let me recount some facts and opinions here. The concluding analysis will become self-evident. If Pakistan still acts the foolish clown, it will deserve to fall flat on its face and smash its nose.

Usually, Saudi Arabia has dealt with ‘unsuitable governances’ through a remote control. Yemen is an exception. Houthis, . . . → Read More: What Pakistan must not do in Yemen