Relatives of martyrs numbering 100 are performing their Hajj pilgrimage this year as part of an annual campaign organised by the Martyrs’ Families’ Affairs Office at the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court.
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.
The Hajj, which begins on Wednesday, normally draws around 2.5 million people for five intense days of worship in one of the world's largest gatherings of people from around the world.
Saudi authorities raised the lower part of the covering of the Kaaba by about three meters, and covered the raised part with a white cotton cloth on all four sides.
The Hajj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Makkah, Saudi Arabia. Hajj is a mandatory religious duty for Muslims that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime as this year around 60,000 coronavirus vaccinated residents perform Hajj under the government’s directions for COVID-19 precautions.
The religious rites will begin on Sunday. Only 60,000 fully vaccinated Saudi citizens and residents from more than 558,000 applicants have been chosen for the downsized pilgrimage.
The Hajj pilgrims on the ninth of Dhul-Hijjah scaled Mount Arafat (Mountain of Mercy) on Monday, to perform the most important ritual of the Hajj.
The campaign aims to educate Hajj pilgrims about crucial health guidelines and requirements to ensure their safety during their journey. The initiative comes as part of an integrated strategy coordinated by various state institutions to care for the wellbeing of pilgrims traveling to the Holy Land.
The coalition closed off the Sanaa airport in Aug. 2016, part of an air and sea blockade on Houthi-held areas in Yemen.
"It will get quite busy in the coming weeks as the Hajj season coincides with the summer travel peak, but the teams at DXB have completed the necessary planning and preparation to meet and exceed the expectations of our guests."