Radiant Drops - Hajj, Umrah and Travel Services http://www.radiantdrops.com Hajj, Umrah and Travel Services Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:42:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 White Jewel Joins Radiant Drops Group http://www.radiantdrops.com/news/white-jewel-joins-radiant-drops-group-3086/ http://www.radiantdrops.com/news/white-jewel-joins-radiant-drops-group-3086/#comments Sun, 02 Oct 2011 07:23:53 +0000 http://www.radiantdrops.com/?p=3086

We are pleased to announce that White Jewel has now joined the RADIANT DROPS Group.

White Jewel has been one of the most well-known Hajj and Umrah operators in the UK since 2004. They have become market leaders known for their exceptional service, with guest satisfaction as part of the company’s core values. They have acquired many years of experience in organising Hajj for their guests.

This merger will bring White Jewel’s experience and expertise to Radiant Drops and further help us to provide Hajj services that are unsurpassed insha’Allah.

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Computer glitch creates Jeddah airport chaos http://www.radiantdrops.com/news/computer-glitch-creates-jeddah-airport-chaos-2772/ http://www.radiantdrops.com/news/computer-glitch-creates-jeddah-airport-chaos-2772/#comments Fri, 15 Apr 2011 14:37:32 +0000 http://www.radiantdrops.com/?p=2772

ARAB NEWS: Operations at Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport (North Terminal) returned to normal after a four-hour disruption in the computer system at immigration and passport control since around noon Friday.

The glitch caused major delays and long queues, leaving thousands of passengers stranded at the airport for hours. Around 4 p.m. the Passport Department in Jeddah began clearing the passengers one by one while engineers worked to get the system back online.

Officials in Jeddah collected details of arriving passengers and relayed the names, numbers and nationalities by telephone to Riyadh.

Passport officials called out names one by one over the intercom to clear passengers through immigration. The passengers then had to wade through piles of baggage that had backed up at the baggage terminal before proceeding to customs.

The Passport Department cleared the backlog of passengers quickly and the system was up and running by early evening.

Airport officials when contacted by Arab News said things were back to normal. “No flight has been delayed or rescheduled,” one airline supervisor said.

Another airlines official said as the afternoon is generally a non-peak time, there wasn’t much chaos.

Earlier, as the wait and the queues grew longer, frustrated passengers were seen shouting at each other and at airport officials, some complaining that once again the airport has been unable to deal with a seasonal increase in passenger traffic.

With no official announcement, the passengers’ patience wore thin and they began querying every official about the cause of the delay. It was only after some time that a passport official confirmed that the system was down.

During the hours-long wait, the elderly sat on the floor hoping for a quick resolution. Good Samaritans brought cartons of water and distributed them among the passengers.

The situation was exacerbated by the return of thousands from vacations abroad during the spring break of Saudi schools that ended Friday. “Why haven’t they prepared for the influx of passengers?” one woman angrily asked.

Others were demanding that a thorough probe be conducted and appropriate measures carried out urgently to address such recurring problems at the airport.

Calls have been repeatedly made in the past for the upgrading of the airport in Jeddah, considering the city serves as a gateway to the two holy cities of Makkah and Madinah.

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Watch the Tarawih Prayers from Madinah http://www.radiantdrops.com/news/watch-the-tarawih-prayers-from-madinah-2768/ http://www.radiantdrops.com/news/watch-the-tarawih-prayers-from-madinah-2768/#comments Fri, 01 Apr 2011 07:25:58 +0000 http://www.radiantdrops.com/?p=2768

After uploading the Makkah Tarawih prayers, we have now also uploaded the Tarawih prayers in Madinah for the whole of last Ramadan.

Click here to watch them.

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Hajj 2011 bookings now open. £200 Early bird discount. http://www.radiantdrops.com/news/hajj-2011-bookings-now-open-early-bird-discount-2760/ http://www.radiantdrops.com/news/hajj-2011-bookings-now-open-early-bird-discount-2760/#comments Sat, 26 Mar 2011 06:58:21 +0000 http://www.radiantdrops.com/?p=2760

We are pleased to announce that we are now taking bookings for Hajj 2011 Umrah. We are offering an early bird discount of £200 per guest for a limited period only. We are offering this discount to enable us to raise further capital to pay for hotels, flights, and other services well in advance.

This offer may end at any time without notice. Book now with just £200 deposit to avoid disappointment.

Click here to check out our Hajj packages now!

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Watch the Tarawih Prayers from Makkah http://www.radiantdrops.com/news/watch-the-tarawih-prayers-from-makkah-2764/ http://www.radiantdrops.com/news/watch-the-tarawih-prayers-from-makkah-2764/#comments Thu, 17 Mar 2011 07:18:57 +0000 http://www.radiantdrops.com/?p=2764

We have uploaded the Tarawih prayers in Makkah for the whole of last Ramadan.

Click here to watch them.

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Umrah 2011 Season Now Open http://www.radiantdrops.com/news/umrah-2011-season-now-open-1608/ http://www.radiantdrops.com/news/umrah-2011-season-now-open-1608/#comments Mon, 31 Jan 2011 05:12:39 +0000 http://www.radiantdrops.com/?p=1608

We are pleased to announce that we are now taking bookings for the 2011 Umrah season. Head over to our Umrah bookings page to get a free, no-obligation instant quote. From there you can create your own tailor-made Umrah package to suit your busy schedule.

Click here to create your own package now!

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Ideal Sacrifice http://www.radiantdrops.com/news/ideal-sacrifice-365/ http://www.radiantdrops.com/news/ideal-sacrifice-365/#comments Tue, 02 Nov 2010 11:42:20 +0000 http://www.radiantdrops.com/?p=365

Radiant Drops are happy to announce Ideal Sacrifice. We recognise that many people in the West are unable to sacrifice animals in their home countries due to restrictions placed by local laws. As such, we are now taking orders online so you can join in the with Hajj pilgrims and make your Eid sacrifice in Makkah.

Make your sacrifice now. Go to www.IdealSacrifice.com and book online.

We also provide bulk order services for Hajj companies.

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Giant Makkah Clock to be Ready Next Month http://www.radiantdrops.com/news/giant-makkah-clock-to-be-ready-next-month-304/ http://www.radiantdrops.com/news/giant-makkah-clock-to-be-ready-next-month-304/#comments Sat, 23 Oct 2010 22:46:29 +0000 http://www.radiantdrops.com/?p=304
A giant clock tower constructed in Islam’s holiest city of Makkah as one of the world’s highest towers will be completed next month and will be linked to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), a Saudi newspaper said Saturday.

The third face of the clock skyscraper, which was launched on a trial basis last month, has been completed while the fourth side will be finished in early November, Sahafaonline Arabic language network reported.

“The fourth side is located south of the Makkah Grand Mosque…it will be finished early next month to mark the end of the project that will be one of the most important hallmarks for Muslims around the world,” it said.

“The clock timing will be linked to UTC after the fourth and last side is completed…a 23-metre crescent on the watch has been constructed and is believed to be the largest man-made crescent in the world….loudspeakers have also been installed on top of the watch to transmit prayers call, which can be heard within a distance of nearly seven km.”

UTC, also referred to as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), Universal Time (UT), or “Zulu” is an international time scale used in astronomical and aviation publications, weather products, and other documents.

Formerly and still widely called GMT, UTC nominally reflects the mean solar time along the Earth’s prime meridian. UTC is expressed using a 24-hour clock but can be converted into a 12-hour clock–AM and PM.

Inaugurating the clock tower last month, Saudi officials said they hoped it would establish Makkah as an alternate time standard to the Greenwich median.

The tower’s height will reach 601 metres when it is completed, making it the world’s second tallest building — ahead of Taiwan’s 509 metre Taipei 101, but well behind the Burj Khalifa, the 828 metre skyscraper in Dubai.

More than six times larger in diameter than London’s famed Big Ben, the clock faces, with the Arabic words “In the Name of Allah” in huge lettering underneath and will be lit with two million LED lights.

The tower, which took two years to construct, is equipped with an elevator to take visitors to the surrounding balcony below the four clocks.

In August, the clock tower triggered panic among Muslim pilgrims when it was shrouded with fog, mistaken for smoke from a fire.

Civil Defence vehicles rushed to the tower site after receiving numerous calls from pilgrims saying that the building is engulfed in smoke.

Source: Emirates 24|7

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Hajj Plan Being Put in Place http://www.radiantdrops.com/news/hajj-plan-being-put-in-place-301/ http://www.radiantdrops.com/news/hajj-plan-being-put-in-place-301/#comments Sat, 23 Oct 2010 22:31:59 +0000 http://www.radiantdrops.com/?p=301

JEDDAH: The Presidency of the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques will today start implementing its plan for this year’s Haj season, aimed at enabling the guests of God to perform their rituals in peace.

The strategy will remain in place until the end of the pilgrimage season, Dul Hijjah 30 (Dec. 6), Deputy President of the Presidency Muhammad ibn Nasser Al-Khuzaim announced Friday.

“The plan is aimed at ensuring an ideal atmosphere for worship inside the Two Holy Mosques and their surrounding plazas and courtyards,” he told Arab News, adding that under the plan, pilgrims will be guided on how to perform the Haj rites correctly.

Al-Khuzaim said the presidency is keen to provide all necessary services and prepare all facilities to be used by the pilgrims.

He said over 5,700 people including official staff, temporary employees and seasonal workers will carry out the plan and added that the number of preachers has also been increased this year.

According to Al-Khuzaim, the President of the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques will hand over the new Kaaba kiswa (dress) to the chief guardian of the Grand Mosque on the first day of Dul Hijjah and said all carpets inside the Grand Mosque will be rolled out to avoid impeding the movement of pilgrims and prevent the spread of any contagious diseases.

He said the blessed Zamzam water would be distributed among Hajis at their accommodation, but urged pilgrims not to take it inside the mosque to avoid spillages on the floor and making it slippery.

Al-Khuzaim said there were 43 locations with 340 taps spread across the ground, first, second and top levels of the Masaa where pilgrims can drink Zamzam water. He said these facilities are not be used for ablution.

He added that four Zamzam water points with 110 fountains were established around the Tawaf area.

Al-Khuzaim said the Masaa has been expanded and all its floors, including the underground, ground, first, second and roof levels, have been made ready for pilgrims.

He said the passages for pilgrims and wheelchairs have been greatly expanded to allow easy movement and said 74 marble lockers have been placed on the ground floor for the storage of shoes.

The deputy president said amplifiers were placed in the courtyards and plazas of the two mosques so that worshippers could easily listen out for prayer calls and added that seven temporary bridges and mobile stairs have been installed to facilitate the easy movement of worshippers.

Al-Khuzaim said 62 bathrooms have been set up near the eastern Al-Fath door with 100 taps for ablution.

Source: Arab News

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Fifth floor of Jamrat Bridge opens for Hajj http://www.radiantdrops.com/news/fifth-floor-of-jamrat-bridge-opens-for-hajj-298/ http://www.radiantdrops.com/news/fifth-floor-of-jamrat-bridge-opens-for-hajj-298/#comments Sat, 23 Oct 2010 22:29:56 +0000 http://www.radiantdrops.com/?p=298

JEDDAH: The fifth floor of the high tech Jamrat Bridge in Mina will be open to pilgrims this Haj season, the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs said Saturday.

“The opening of the fifth floor will facilitate the stoning ritual at Jamrat,” said Habeeb Zainul Abideen, deputy minister for municipal and rural affairs.

Abideen was addressing a conference on medicine attended by 500 delegates. He described Haj as the largest congregation of people in the world and highlighted the Saudi government’s efforts to avoid stampedes and other accidents during the annual event.

Abideen said the irresponsible behavior of some pilgrims causes problems not only for Saudi Haj managers, but also fellow Hajis. He urged all pilgrims to follow safety instructions.

There are 90 cameras around Jamrat to monitor the movement of pilgrims and prevent possible stampedes. These cameras will also enable Haj managers to assess how many pilgrims each floor of the bridge can hold.

“We have also arranged for vehicles to carry pilgrims with special needs to help them perform the stoning ritual without any difficulty,” he said.

Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, spoke about new plans for crowd management at Jamrat as well as in the mataf, the circling area around the Holy Kaaba where pilgrims perform tawaf, and the masaa, the running area between Safa and Marwa where Hajis perform saie.

Out of the 2.5 million people who come for Haj every year, 700,000 pilgrims walk to the holy sites, he said, adding that 75,000 buses and other vehicles are used to transport the other pilgrims.

The Haram Mosque in Makkah can hold 700,000 worshippers, while the mataf can hold 53,000 and the masaa 118,000.

Dr. Ziyad Maimish, assistant undersecretary at the Health Ministry for preventive medicine, said the ministry would mobilize about 17,000 doctors, nurses and paramedical staff and 39 mobile medical teams for Haj duty.

Source: Arab News

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