Doha bans Saudi planes from landing to take Qatar Haj pilgrims

lack of permission from Qatari authorities

JEDDAH 21 August 2017: Saudi Arabian Airlines has so far been unable to schedule its flights to transport Qatari pilgrims from Hamad International Airport in Doha due to lack of permission from Qatari authorities, said Director General of Saudi Arabian Airlines Saleh Al Jasser.

Saudi Press Agency (SPA) quoted Al Jasser as saying that Qatari authorities have not allowed Saudi Arabian Airlines’ planes to land despite the fact that many days passed since the request was made, said Wam.

Saudi Airlines had asked Qatari authorities for permission for their trips to transport Qatari pilgrims, which were scheduled after the directives of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. The directives where taken after the mediation of Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al Thani.

Abdullah Al Thani regrets denying Saudi planes permission 

RIYADH: Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali bin Abdullah bin Jassem Al Thani regretted denying permission to transport Qatari pilgrims from Doha on Saudi aircraft.

Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani tweeted, “My brothers and my children .. I deeply regret that you have been denied transport from Doha by Saudi planes to perform pilgrimage. I hope the brothers in Qatar will cooperate to facilitate pilgrimage for the citizens.”

Wishing a smooth pilgrimage to those who intend to perform the rites, Al Thani said there are available opportunities for them to enter Saudi Arabia, either by air or land via Dammam and Ahsa province.

“You can contact this number 00966122367999. All the best to you,” he wrote.

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Saudi Arabia did not instruct banks to stop dealing in Qatari Riyals

RIYADH: The Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency on Saturday debunked reports circulating on social media suggesting that it has instructed local financial institutions to stop dealing in Qatari Riyals.

The Saudi Press Agency reported the agency as saying it did not issue any instructions to financial and exchange institutions operating in the Kingdom, calling on them to suspend of dealing in Qatari Riyal since severing its relations with Qatar.

“Brotherly Qatari nationals can exchange Qatari riyals, as normal, in banks, licensed money exchanges, or via ATM machines,” the agency said, according to SPA.

By Eudore R. Chand

Dubai Gazette