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also Hed·jaz  (hē-jăz′)
A region of northwest Saudi Arabia on the Gulf of Aqaba and the Red Sea. It includes the holy cities of Mecca and Medina.
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(hiːˈdʒæz) ,




(Placename) a region of W Saudi Arabia, along the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba: formerly an independent kingdom; united with Nejd in 1932 to form Saudi Arabia. Area: about 348 600 sq km (134 600 sq miles)
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or He•jaz


a region in Saudi Arabia bordering on the Red Sea, formerly akingdom: contains the ities of Medina and Mecca. ab. 150,000 sq. mi. (388,500 sq. km). Cap.: Mecca.
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Noun1.Hejaz - a coastal region of the western Arabian Peninsula bordering on the Red SeaHejaz - a coastal region of the western Arabian Peninsula bordering on the Red Sea; includes both Mecca and Medina; formerly an independent kingdom until it united with Nejd to form the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Arabia, Arabian Peninsula - a peninsula between the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf; strategically important for its oil resources
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia - an absolute monarchy occupying most of the Arabian Peninsula in southwest Asia; vast oil reserves dominate the economy
Mecca - joint capital (with Riyadh) of Saudi Arabia; located in western Saudi Arabia; as the birthplace of Muhammad it is the holiest city of Islam
Al Madinah, Medina - a city in western Saudi Arabia; site of the tomb of Muhammad; the second most holy city of Islam
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Most notable were the 2003 Riyadh compound bombings by Al-Qaeda and the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing at the hands of Hezbollah Al-Hijaz, which fundamentally reshaped the nation's consciousness of terror and marked a pivotal moment in Saudi security strategy.
Kiwan indicated that town was thriving in the Islamic era and a good example for antiquities dating back from that time is the minaret of the al-Omari Mosque, adding that the ancient city gained great importance due to its location on al-Hijaz railway.
Iran has renewed an old Tehran call for internationalising the holiest Islamic sites in Mecca and Madina, with IRGC's Hizbullah al-Hijaz having tried but failed to sabotage them.
In addition, the main road named "Al-Hijaz Road" was constructed to divide the complex from the west to the east, with buildings along the sides ranging from 20 to 60 floors each, he stated.
At a later stage, an Ottoman firman was issued in 1892, which emphasized the old and new maps' designation of Tiran and Sanafir as parts of Al-Hijaz. Shortly after, the conflict rose again, particularly when the Ottoman Empire was working on the construction of a railroad connecting Ma'an to Al-Aqaba.
It is also home to King Abdullah Port, Al-Hijaz district and the Industrial Valley.
Saudi Arabian officials also point to increasing fears that Iran, together with Hezbollah al-Hijaz, a Saudi Shiite militant group, has recruited and trained separatists.
In accordance with its wilayat (province) model of fostering and recognizing discontinuous centers of influence and authority in areas and among communities where it has gained a foothold, three distinct operational nodes representing the Islamic State have declared their existence in Saudi Arabia: Wilayat al-Najd (Najd Province), Wilayat al-Hijaz (Hijaz Province), and Wilayat Bahrain (Bahrain Province)."
The suspected mastermind, Ahmed al-Mughassil, was identified as a senior leader of the Iranian-backed Saudi militant group Hezbollah al-Hijaz. Believed to be living in Beirut since the attack under the protection of the Iranian-backed Lebanese Hezbollah group, he was detained there and handed over to Saudi authorities, the Saudi-owned pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat reported.
That attack was claimed by IS affiliate "Al-Hijaz Province".
IS affiliate "Al-Hijaz Province" said in an online statement that it was behind the attack, the latest -- and deadliest -- against security forces in Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia in recent weeks.