The rejection from the global superstar is a public relations disaster for the Kingdom which is trying to find its feet as it diversifies its economy.
For the first time in modern history, the annual pilgrimage in Mecca in Saudi Arabia has dramatically reduced the number of pilgrims from 2.5 million to as few as 1,000 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Around a 1,000 people will perform the annual Islamic rite this year due to restrictions brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.
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