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Mecca: Saudi Arabian city and capital of the Makkah province
Makkah, officially Makkah al-Mukarramah and commonly shortened to Mecca, is the holiest city in Islam and the capital of the Makkah Province of Saudi Arabia. The city is 70 km (43 mi) inland from Jeddah on the Red Sea, in a narrow valley 277 m (909 ft) above sea level. Its last recorded population was 1,578,722 in 2015. The estimated metro population in 2020 is 2.042 million, making it the third-most populated city in the kingdom. Pilgrims more than triple this number every year during the Ḥajj pilgrimage, observed in the twelfth Hijri month of Dhūl-Ḥijjah.

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India’s Covid active cases hit first-ever plateau; Mecca reopens after curbs [Video]

India’s Covid active cases hit first-ever plateau; Mecca reopens after curbs

Hindustan Times' National Political Editor, Sunetra Choudhury brings you the top stories you need to know. Sunetra talks about the number of Covid-19 cases in India so far; India’s Covid active cases..

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Watch: In Mecca, pilgrims return to Islam's holiest site [Video]

Watch: In Mecca, pilgrims return to Islam's holiest site

A very small number of people circled the Kaaba in Mecca on Sunday after Saudi Arabia lifted coronavirus restrictions that had been in place for months.View on euronews

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Umrah pilgrims return to Mecca [Video]

Umrah pilgrims return to Mecca

Mecca slowly stirred from a seven-month slumber on Sunday as pilgrims trickled in after Saudi authorities partially lifted a coronavirus ban on performing the umrah - a pilgrimage to Islam's two..

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