With the Hajj Committee announcing full refunds of the fees for the ensuing Hajj 2020 season, the pilgrimage dreams of thousands of Muslim faithful are shattered.
As many as 1,000 Hajj pilgrims from Dubai have received gift bags consisting of a number of travel essentials. The gift bags initiative was launched by the Union Coop – The largest Consumer Cooperative in the UAE which distributed 1000 gift
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, in cooperation with the concerned authorities, received after midnight, the first vanguard of Umrah performers from inside the Kingdom.
Authorities in Saudi Arabia are continuing to assess conditions and take all measures to ensure preserving human health, pointing out that the details of the controls and operational plans for this year's Hajj will be announced later.
An official said that worshippers will be asked to provide authorised COVID-19 vaccination certificate in their Umrah request.
The Ministry added on Tuesday that the resolution includes Saudis and residents inside the Kingdom, the GCC citizens, and visitors from abroad with various types of visas, provided that they are approved to be vaccinated through the “Tawakalna” app.
The sun was perpendicular to the Kaaba at 12:18pm on Saturday for the first time this year, SPA reported. This made the shadow of Holy Kaaba disappear from all the four sides, surprising many pilgrims present during that time.
Pilgrims to Makkah this year must be under age 65 and fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, a sharp uptick after pandemic restrictions forced two years of drastically pared-down pilgrimages.
"Today we received the first group of this year's pilgrims from Indonesia, and the flights will continue from Malaysia and India," Mohammed Al Bijawi of the country's Hajj Ministry told the state-run Al-Ekhbariya channel.
MoHAP has launched a digital awareness-raising campaign on its social media platforms to outline all health instructions and precautions that pilgrims need to be taken before and during travel to perform Hajj.