Hajj 2024

UAE announces Hajj 2024 registration dates

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

Karim Benzema visits Makkah after Saudi transfer

Saudi Pro League stars Karim Benzema, Sadio Mane perform Umrah in Makkah

The Saudi Pro League’s various clubs have gone on an international acquisition spree and signed a string of big names that have brought Europe’s top footballers to the kingdom


Saudi Arabia expands visitor e-visa to eight additional countries

Nationals of these countries can apply for a Saudi visitor visa ahead of their journey via the official e-visa portal

Umrah season

Saudi Arabia announces start of new Umrah season for GCC citizens, residents

The kingdom’s Ministry of Hajj has launched an electronic application process to facilitate travel for the upcoming Umrah season

Hajj pilgrim restrictions lifted

Saudi Arabia scraps restrictions on Hajj pilgrim numbers, age limit

People visiting the kingdom with an Umrah visa can now visit any city in Saudi Arabia, and any visitor to the country will be allowed to perform Umrah at any time

Saudi permits all types of visa holders to perform Umrah

The decision coincides with the start of the Umrah season for the current year

Electronic visa for Umrah available now

Saudi Arabia launches electronic visa processing app for Umrah pilgrims

The visit visa for Umrah will be issued now within 24 hours and applications can be submitted from outside Saudi Arabia through the app

Saudi makes 48-hour negative Covid test mandatory for Umrah pilgrims

The new directive will come into effect on 1am, February 9, 2022

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Saudi Arabia: Umrah, visit to two holy mosques restricted to fully vaccinated individuals

The directive is effective October 10 onwards

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Saudi Arabia increases cap on number of Umrah pilgrims to 2 million per month

Foreign pilgrims who are fully vaccinated will be permitted to perform Umrah starting from August 9

Saudi to resume Umrah for foreign pilgrims from August 10

The kingdom reopened the Grand Mosque in Makkah to domestic Umrah pilgrims on Sunday, July 25

Hajj 2024

Up to 1.5 million people visit Makkah’s Grand Mosque during the first 10 days of Ramadan

Visitors are subject to strict Covid-19 precautionary protocols

Umrah pilgrims advised to take Covid-19 vaccine

The kingdom’s minister of Hajj and Umrah received the Covid-19 vaccine in Jeddah

Saudi receives five million pilgrims since resuming Umrah, no Covid-19 cases detected

The kingdom resumed Umrah in a phased manner in October

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Saudi resumes Umrah at 75% capacity, allows prayers at the Grand Mosque

The number of pilgrims allowed to perform Umrah has increased to 15,000 per day


At least 24,000 pilgrims perform Umrah, no Covid-19 cases detected

The kingdom resumed the Umrah pilgrimage on October 4 in phases

Saudi registers 16,000 pilgrims in first few hours of Umrah app launch

The registration of Umrah pilgrims for the first 10 days has been completed

Saudi to announce countries for foreign pilgrims; outlines Umrah protocols for first phase

During the first phase, only 12 groups of pilgrims would be allowed to perform Umrah within 24 hours

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Saudi to resume Umrah and visits to the Grand Mosque in phases

The first phase will begin on October 4, with international visitors expected to be allowed from November


Saudi Arabia mulls plan to resume Umrah pilgrimage in phases

In the first phase, Saudi citizens and expatriates residing in the kingdom will be allowed to undertake the Umrah


Saudi set to soon resume Umrah service for domestic pilgrims – report

Those wishing to perform Umrah will reportedly require a Covid-19 negative test

New mega urban development project, Masar, launched in Saudi’s Makkah

The project will see the addition of “tens of thousands” of hotel and residential units in Makkah in later phases

Hajj, Umrah related businesses exempt from licence renewal fees

The General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments will extend the validity of expired licences until December 2020

Video: Saudi overhauls Hajj and Umrah visas ahead of tourist visa launch

The move comes as the kingdom launches PR campaign with influencers on social media