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Updated July2023

Hajj is one of the most anticipated events for Muslims worldwide. Following success in the Hajj pilgrimage in 2023, Saudi Arabia is now preparing again to welcome pilgrims from all over the world to perform the Hajj, including those from the UAE.

Below, we have gathered the Hajj guideline for all Emiratis nationals wishing to perform the pilgrimage this year. Read further to find out.

Hajj 2024 from UAE news – latest updates

Following the completion of the 2023 Hajj season, the Saudi authorities have disclosed significant schedules for the upcoming preparations for the next Hajj pilgrimage. This proactive approach demonstrates their dedication to ensuring the continued success of the Hajj pilgrimage.

According to the minister for Hajj and Umrah, the preparatory stage will commence on 16 September this year, with the international symposium and exhibition organized on 8 January 2024.

Additionally, the ministry stated the Hajj visas will be issued from 1 March until 29 April next year. Meanwhile, the first batch of Hajj pilgrims will arrive on 9 May.


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Hajj 2024 from UAE dates

As of now, the dates for Hajj 2024/1445H have yet to be confirmed. However, the Saudi Ministry for Hajj and Umrah revealed that the first batch of pilgrims will arrive at the Kingdom on 9 May next year.

Hajj 2024 from UAE requirements and rules

These are a few requirements and rules that have been announced regarding Hajj 2024 in UAE:  

As the official guidelines have yet to be released, please note that some of these requirements and rules were observed during this year’s Hajj season and may not apply to Hajj 2024.

General requirement

This year’s Hajj is strictly for those who have yet to perform the Hajj pilgrimage.

Age limit & testing requirements

Hajj will be available this year for all people above the age of 12 provided that they obtain the basic doses of vaccines approved in the Kingdom.

Vaccination requirements

The ministry announced that the last date for pilgrims to get vaccinated against COVID-19 is 10 days before the Hajj season. According to Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health, all pilgrims must have received complete doses of any of the approved COVID-19 vaccines in the Kingdom and a dose of a COVID-19 booster.

Pilgrims seeking to perform the Hajj must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with the complete doses of the following vaccines and a dose of a COVID-19 booster to be able to enter the Kingdom:

  • Pfizer/BioNTech. 2 doses
  • Oxford/AstraZeneca: 2 doses
  • Janssen. 2 doses
  • Moderna. 2 doses
  • Sinopharm. 2 doses
  • Sinovac. 2 doses
  • Covaxin. 2 doses
  • Sputnik V. 2 doses
  • ​Nuvaxovid. 2 doses
  • ​Covovax​​. 2 doses

Apart from the COVID-19 vaccines, pilgrims will also have to be vaccinated against yellow fever, meningitis, polio, and seasonal influenza. For more information on these vaccines, check out our dedicated article below.

Hajj 2024 Vaccine: What Pilgrims Need to Prepare This Year

Quarantine requirements

No quarantine will be necessary on arrival for foreign pilgrims fully vaccinated with vaccines approved in Saudi Arabia. Travellers arriving on visit visas (including pilgrims) must have medical insurance to cover any COVID-19-related treatment costs during their stay.


Worshippers are no longer required to obtain an appointment to pray at the Grand Mosque in Makkah as well as the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah. However, if still applicable this year, you may need to obtain a Hajj permit through the online app Al Hosn. 

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An online Haj permit service has been launched on Al Hosn App in cooperation with the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments (GAIAE). The permit is mandatory for pilgrims flying out of the country for Haj.

The Green Pass protocol has been integrated with the e-permit within the app. Pilgrims who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and have received the booster doses as due will get the green e-permit on the following four steps:

  1. Get a negative PCR test result no later than 72 hours before the date of travel.
  2. Attach certificates of obtaining a vaccine for meningitis (compulsory), and for seasonal influenza (optional) from a health centre approved by the ministry.
  3. Get a medical report certifying the pilgrim is fit to travel.
  4. Get a travel permit for Haj.

The permit will turn grey if:

  • The PCR test expires 72 hours before travel
  • Vaccine or booster doses have not been taken
  • The medical report is not obtained
  • Haj travel approval is not obtained from the competent authorities

Hajj 2024 for UAE nationals

UAE nationals do not need a visa to travel to the KSA; however, they must obtain an official Hajj permit to enter the KSA.

This entitles them to the ‘express Hajj’ packages, where pilgrims arrive in Makkah right before rituals begin and return promptly after they end. The package can be arranged through Hajj tour operators.

Those who have never been to Hajj will be prioritized to perform the Hajj this year. Only those who have received approved COVID-19 vaccines in addition to a booster dose can perform rituals this year.

Hajj 2024 for UAE expats

Given the limited quota, the UAE has stopped issuing Hajj permits to expat residents. The Muslim expat population willing to perform Hajj must obtain permits from their respective countries.

You can still get a Hajj visa from Dubai, to go on the pilgrimage. The Hajj visa for expats only allows entry to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina. It is not valid for any other city in the KSA.

Health protocols

Saudi Arabia has lifted many COVID-19 restrictions in the country. Currently, wearing a mask in closed public spaces is not mandatory; however, it is still required for entry to the Grand Mosque in Makkah, Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, and places for which safety protocols have been issued by Weqaya. Face masks may also be required by some public events, public transportation and health facilities that wish to uphold their safety measures.

The Ministry of Interior has also extended the duration of the requirement to take the booster dose to 8 months. KSA Citizens who wish to undertake international travel outside the Kingdom can now take a third booster dose after 8 months – instead of 3 months.

Proof of vaccination via the Tawakkalna app is no longer required to enter most establishments. Social distancing in mosques and other areas no longer applies.

How to apply for Hajj 2024 from UAE

All pilgrimage operators are required to provide the pilgrims with suitable residences licensed by the Ministry of Hajj and the Civil Defence in the KSA. The accommodation should conform to the standard set by the authorities in terms of quality, hygiene, age of buildings, accessibility and capacity.

Required documents

Hajj rites for this year can only be performed by individuals who hold a visa that is designated for Hajj, or by those who are already residing with a legal residence inside the Kingdom. Here are some of the documents required for a Hajj visa. You will need to provide these to the Hajj tour operators in Dubai:

  1. Original passport with six-month validity. For expats, their UAE residence visa must have a three-month validity.
  2. A copy of the passport (File type: Images, Word, PDF / File size: 100 KB)
  3. A copy of your Emirates ID (File type: Images, Word, PDF / File size: 100 KB)
  4. Passport photos with a white background
  5. Contract signed with the campaign operator (File type: Images, Word, PDF / File size: 100 KB)
  6. Mahram Letter, which is proof of kinship from an accompanying male relative. This is only applicable to women below the age of 45. Women above the age of 45 can travel with a Hajj tour operator without the need for a Mahram, provided they submit a no-objection letter from their husband, son or brother authorising them to travel for Hajj with the group.

Hajj 2024 application process from UAE

These are the steps for all the UAE pilgrims who wish to participate in Hajj:

  1. Selection of an authorised delegation
  2. Signing a contract with the selected Hajj delegation
  3. Presenting the necessary documents
  4. Taking the advised vaccinations
  5. Receiving the Hajj permit from the delegation

For expatriates, they must submit their Hajj applications to the responsible body in their country based on regulations of the Ministry of Hajj in Saudi Arabia, as applications will not be provided by the UAE. Hajj delegations provide forms that include comprehensive information on how to proceed, where the pilgrim can book his or her place as the first step on their Hajj journey.

Hajj 2024 from UAE packages

Here are some of the government-approved Hajj tour operators in Dubai you can contact for your Hajj packages:

  • Regal Tours Dubai: +971-50-8474-794 | +971 4 2635 888
  • Al Reayah Hajj & Umrah Dubai: +971-55-971-1146 | +971-4 -252-3130
  • Al Hamar Hajj & Umrah Services Dubai: +971-4-396-7711
  • Abdullah Bin Karam Hajj & Umrah Travels: +971-4-228-8575

You can also check our article about Hajj 2023 packages and how to obtain your Hajj permit below:

Hajj Packages 2024: What to Know About Purchasing This Year’s Pilgrimage Package

Other than that, you can also book your Hajj packages with the KSA’s approved travel agents in other cities as well:

Abu Dhabi

Abdullah Bin Karam Travel & Tourism
Phone Number: 0097126341902
E-mail: [email protected]

Al-Tawheed Travel & Tourism
Phone Number: 0097126324666
E-mail: [email protected]

Al-Roqn Al Khames Travel
Phone Number: 0097124412244
E-mail: [email protected]

Al-Tayeem Travel
Phone Number: 0097126411008
E-mail: [email protected]

Al Ojoor Travels
Phone Number: 0097165440072
E-mail: [email protected]

Al-Yarmook Travel
Phone Number: 0097126394556
E-mail: [email protected]


Alghary Hajj Umra & Tours
Phone Number: 0097165687117
E-mail: [email protected]

Al Bayan Hajj Umrah Tourism
Phone Number: 00971503005979
E-mail: [email protected]

Hajj 2024 from UAE cost

Hajj packages from UAE will cost around AED 27,500, and it includes a Hajj visa, airfares, Hajj coordinator, meals, tents in Mina and Arafat, and transportation in KSA.

Some travel agents will require a minimum payment of AED 10,000 before you can book your Hajj packages.

Free Hajj for special UAE nationals

There are charitable organisations that organise free Hajj for UAE nationals in special cases. People eligible for free Hajj from Dubai include:

  • The elderly
  • Widowed women
  • Divorced women
  • Those whose Hajj application was rejected in the previous year

These individuals must also meet the following conditions for free Hajj:

  • Should not be aged more than 40
  • Should not have previously performed Hajj
  • Cannot afford the Hajj trip from Dubai

People who wish to apply can submit an application via the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the UAE embassies overseas or any of the following organisations:


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