Saudi Arabia issue new Hajj, Umrah photography rules

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The updated guidelines were issued taking into account the sanctity of the sites


The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah issued new guidelines for pilgrims regarding photography and videography at the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madina. The new rules have been announced with consideration of the sanctity of the holy sites.


“In the Two Holy Mosques, we take into account the sanctity of the place, so we have the etiquette of photography, and we preserve the rights of others,” The ministry said via a statement released on Twitter.

New guidelines to be followed

  • Not to take others’ pictures without their consent
  • Not to take anyone’s pictures while they are praying
  • Not to disturb anyone during worship

On Monday, it was also announced that pilgrims will not be allowed to repeat Umrah during the month of Ramadan. Pilgrims only have the right to perform it once.

The decision was taken with consideration of the large number of pilgrims wanting to perform Umrah during the holy month and to be able to provide equal opportunity to all.

SOURCE: arabianbusiness

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