The Virtual Mosque

The Saudi Neglect

Having visited Saudi Arabia this year with her parents. She describes in detail the harsh policing, the aggressive crowds and the chaotic organisation that could have led to the death of her mother. Grateful to be alive, she is now demanding radical change to save pilgrims from inhuman treatment in Saudi Arabia A key observation she made which [...]


Life and Death Crowd Control in Mecca

From Planned for completion in 2017, the Abraj Kudai will be the biggest hotel in the world—12 towers, 10,000 hotel rooms, 70 restaurants, four helipads, a shopping mall, and a bus station. Five floors are said to be reserved for the exclusive use of the Saudi royal family; the merely wealthy will have to make do with standard [...]