Dr Mohamed Mattar Al Kaabi hailed the continuous attention of the wise leadership and its keenness on the provision of all services to the to Emirati pilgrims since their arrival in Saudi Arabia, that contributed to the success of all Hajj rituals at ease.
Two-hundred survivors and relatives from the Christchurch mosque shootings are traveling to the hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia this week as guests of King Salman.
As per precautionary measures, 500 groups of international pilgrims are dispersed throughout the day, each with 20 pilgrims. The maximum age limit for international pilgrims is set at 50.
The announcement comes amid uncertainty over the Hajj which is due to take place at the end of July, after authorities this week urged Muslims to temporarily defer preparations for the annual pilgrimage.
The state-run Saudi Press Agency cited Saleh Bin Taher Banten's remarks in stories early on Wednesday, saying that Muslims should "be patient” in making their plans for the Hajj. The pilgrimage was expected to begin in late July this year.
"Mushfiqur has asked for a leave to perform Hajj and his wish has been granted," Bangladesh Cricket Board chief executive officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury told AFP in reference to the Islamic pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.
The ministry said in a press statement that the number of applicants for Hajj from inside Saudi Arabia has reached more than 390,000, adding that the selection of candidates will be done by electronic lottery.
Emirates will be deploying 31 additional flights to Jeddah and double daily flights to Madinah from June 23 to July 20. These services will run in parallel with Emirates’ regularly scheduled services.
The ministry also urged pilgrims, especially those suffering from chronic diseases, to visit health centres before travelling to Saudi Arabia to ensure they are able to perform Hajj and to take the required doses of COVID-19 vaccines...