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MECCA IN THE 1880’S

More than two million pilgrims gathered last month in Mecca for the Hajj – the annual pilgrimage. The advent of photography in the mid-19th century is of crucial importance to the history of the Hajj. Two photographers – Muhammad Sadiq Bey and Al Sayyid Abd al Ghaffar–were able to capture…

THE HAJJ HACKATHON

Saudi Arabia holds many Guinness World Records, including the largest bottle of shampoo, the largest tea bag, the most school supplies donated in 24 hours and the biggest hydatid cyst removed from a patient. The kingdom set a record again last month for holding the largest hackathon ever. The Saudi…