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Aya Batrawy

Aya Batrawy is an author at Religion News Service.

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Saudi police arrest man who helped Israeli sneak into Mecca

By Aya Batrawy and Abdullah Al-shihri — July 25, 2022
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The public backlash over television reporter Gil Tamary’s visit was immediate on social media, with Muslims and Saudis expressing their anger over his deception and apparent disregard for the sanctity of the site.

Huma Abedin steps out, brings her memoir to Abu Dhabi

By Aya Batrawy — March 8, 2022
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Her Muslim faith and family were what she leaned on the most during her darkest days.

Dubai’s Expo opens, bringing first world’s fair to Mideast

By Isabel Debre and Aya Batrawy — October 1, 2021
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — After eight years of planning and billions of dollars in spending, the Middle East’s first world’s fair opened Friday in Dubai, with hopes that the months-long extravaganza will draw both visitors and global attention to this desert-turned-dreamscape. The coronavirus pandemic pushed Expo 2020 back a year and may affect […]

With pandemic in mind, pared-back hajj in Mecca for 2nd year

By Aya Batrawy and Amr Nabil — July 19, 2021
MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Tens of thousands of vaccinated Muslim pilgrims circled Islam's holiest site in Mecca on Sunday.
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