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see HejazHejaz
or Hedjaz
, region, c.150,000 sq mi (388,500 sq km), NW Saudi Arabia, on the Gulf of Aqaba and the Red Sea. Mecca is the chief city. Extending S to Asir, Hejaz is mainly a dissected highland region lying between the narrow, long coastal strip and the interior
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, Saudi Arabia.
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, Hedjaz, Hijaz
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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Two centuries later, this theme of ubiquity appears in the chronicle by Maqrizi, the historian: "Everyone in Egypt and Syria was in the dark about what the sultan was doing, knew not whether the prince was in Syria, in Hedjaz or elsewhere.
One of them even unwisely wrote to the sultan who was preparing to make a secret journey: "I would like to make the pilgrimage to Hedjaz with you," even though Baybars was pretending to prepare a simple hunting expedition.
Weizmann, the sole speaker, closed his address by reading telegrams of congratulations from Arthur Balfour, the British Foreign Minister, the French government and the Emir Feisal, son of the Sharif Hussein, King of Hedjaz, whom Weizmann had recently met.(1)