The annual pilgrimage to the holiest city in Islam takes place during the Islamic calendar month of Dhu Al Hijja which is expected to fall in June next year
The UAE government has announced the registration dates for those intending to perform the Hajj pilgrimage in the new year.
The General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments said prospective pilgrims can register through its app or website from December 5 to December 21 for Hajj 2024.
The dates for the registration are generally issued for UAE citizens as Saudi Arabia issues permits based on quotas for each country. Hence, expatriates living in the UAE would require to apply through their home country to make the pilgrimage.
Pilgrims usually go for Hajj through the help of licensed tour operators who offer a complete package. The General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments has made the list available on its website.
Hajj, or the holy pilgrimage, is one of the five pillars of Islam. Followers of the religion are required to make the pilgrimage to Makkah at least once in their lifetime.
The annual pilgrimage to the holiest city in Islam takes place during the Islamic calendar month of Dhu Al Hijja.
The month for the pilgrimage is expected to start in mid-June next year.
The annual pilgrimage went back to full capacity in 2023 for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic.
Saudi Arabia welcomed more two million pilgrims in 2023 as the kingdom lifted all pandemic-era restrictions. A Saudi minister said that the first set of pilgrims are expected to arrive in May 2024.
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