Middle East

Saudi Arabia and Iran spar over Hajj pilgrimage

Rhetoric escalates between regional rivals Riyadh and Tehran over 2015 Hajj tragedy and this year's pilgrimage.

Hajj 2016

Hajj 2016: Five-day ritual begins on September 10

The 2016 Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca is a five-day ritual beginning on Saturday, September 10 and ending on the 15th.

Hajj 2016

Hajj 2016: When is it and how long does it take?

The 2016 Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca is a five-day ritual beginning on Friday, September 9 and ending on the 14th.

Saudi Arabia

Hajj 2016: Saudi Arabia introduces bracelets for safety

After last year's stampede that killed hundreds, Riyadh introduces new safety measures to monitor pilgrims' movements.


Saudi Arabia and Iran fail to reach deal on Hajj

Riyadh accuses Iranian officials of walking out of talks despite offers for "solutions" to Tehran's demands.


Iran delegation to visit Saudi over hajj preparations

After stampede that killed hundreds last year, Tehran invited to kingdom in first official trip since ties were severed.


'Deadly' heat waves predicted for Gulf states by 2100

Study finds Gulf cities could "experience temperature levels that are intolerable to humans" if climate change persists.

The Listening Post

Iran, Saudi Arabia and the war over the Hajj disaster

We explore the 'war of words' between the regional rivals, and how both nations have tried to manage the media message.

The Listening Post

Mecca and the media

The battle for legitimacy in the Saudi-Iranian proxy war of words; plus, the deadly trade of journalism in Mexico.

Middle East

First Hajj stampede bodies arrive in Iran

Arrival of 104 bodies of pilgrims comes nine days after disaster that escalated tensions between Tehran and Riyadh.

Middle East

Iran nearly doubles its death toll from Hajj stampede

Iran's Hajj organisation says 464 Iranian pilgrims died in last week's stampede near Mecca that left 769 people dead.

Middle East

Saudi Arabian Hajj stampede death toll rises

Saudi official says 769 people died in Thursday's Hajj stampede, as top religious leader backs state's response.


The human cost of the Hajj stampede

A lot of theories and rumours have emerged as to how the stampede was allowed to happen.