Around 60,000 Saudi citizens and residents perform Hajj this year compared with some 2.5 million in 2019.
Kingdom scraps part of a law to make it legal for single, divorced and widowed women to live alone without needing permission from their family without fear of their decision being contested.
Manama's Supreme Defence Council calls for a need "to end regional conflicts and disputes by peaceful means" as GCC nations prepare for crucial January 5 summit in Saudi Arabia.
Critics have accused the Saudi Arabia's rulers of "sportswashing" to improve their image after long being condemned over rights abuses.
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