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United Arab Emirates announces registration dates for Haj 2024

Saudi Arabia specifies quotas of pilgrims that each country can send for the pilgrimage.

The United Arab Emirates has announced registration dates for those intending to perform the Islamic Haj pilgrimage in 2024. The General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments said pilgrims can register through its app from December 5 to 21.

Next year, Saudi Arabia will welcome pilgrims to Islam’s holiest sites in June. A Saudi minister said earlier that the first group of pilgrims will arrive in May.

“The number of pilgrims who can go to the Haj is limited; Therefore, it is advisable to book in advance,” the UAE government says on its website.

Saudi Arabia specifies pilgrim quotas to ensure worshipers from around the world can make the journey.

Normally, the UAE issues Haj permits only to Emiratis. Expats have to go through the quotas and procedures of their home countries.

Pilgrims usually undertake the Hajj through authorized tour operators, a list of which is available on the website of the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments. Operators offer all-inclusive Haj packages that take care of visa, hotels, transportation and food costs.

The annual pilgrimage returned to full capacity last year for the first time since the arrival of Covid. Saudi Arabia welcomed more than 2 million pilgrims in 2023 (up from 900,000 the previous year), as the kingdom lifted all Covid-related restrictions.

Haj is one of the five pillars of Islam. Muslims should perform the pilgrimage once in their lifetime if they are physically and financially fit.

News Source: Khaleej Times

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