Authorities are taking extra precautions over people’s health at the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Makkah. There have been fears that the high number of pilgrims would prove an ideal breeding ground for the coronavirus known as MERS. The virus was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012, and has currently killed 58 people, though no cases have been reported at this year’s Hajj.
(Al Jazeera English YouTube channel)
A multi-billion dollar renovation project will turn Makkah into one of the region’s most state-of-the-art cities, according to Saudi officials. The massive construction work can be seen everywhere by the hundreds of thousands of Muslims currently undertaking the annual haj pilgrimage, and while many see the development as necessary, there is an increasing number concerned about the legacy of the holy city.