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Updated June 2024

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, Wego 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 latest news

For UAE pilgrims heading to Saudi Arabia for Umrah and Hajj, the Ministry of Health and Prevention has implemented strict health measures to protect against contagious diseases. Individuals, especially those with chronic illnesses, should visit healthcare facilities in advance for vaccinations available at government and private health centers.

High-risk groups, including the elderly, children, pregnant women, and those with underlying health conditions, are advised to prioritize vaccinations, such as the pneumococcal vaccine, to minimize flu-related complications.

The Ministry of Health and Prevention, Dubai Health Authority, and Emirates Health Services have shared tips and guidelines on social media. They emphasize preparing for a healthy and safe Hajj with vaccinations at least 15 days before departure and maintaining a healthy diet to enhance physical fitness at least three weeks before traveling.

 

Hajj 2024 from UAE dates

The UAE has released the dates for registration for the 2024 Islamic pilgrimage, Hajj. The General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments has opened the registration for Hajj using its mobile app from December 5th to December 21st.

This year, Saudi Arabia will host pilgrims at Islam’s most sacred locations in mid-June. Additionally, the ministry stated the Hajj visas will be issued from 1 March until 29 April this year. Meanwhile, the first batch of Hajj pilgrims will arrive on 9 May.

Hajj 2024 from UAE requirements and rules

General requirement

This year’s Hajj is strictly for those who have yet to perform the Hajj pilgrimage. The requirements for a Hajj visa include

  • a valid passport extending until the end of Dzul Hijjah 1445 or 7 June 2024
  • a recent photo
  • proof of vaccination against meningococcal disease
  • proof of enough funds to cover expenses during your stay in Saudi Arabia.

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

According to the Ministry of Health’s document addressing the health requirements for the Hajj 2024 pilgrimage, the following vaccinations have been made mandatory.

  • COVID-19 vaccine
  • influenza
  • meningitis
  • polio

Registration in the Sehaty app is mandatory to confirm necessary vaccinations. Vaccination should be completed at least 10 days prior to the Hajj season but not more than five years prior to their arrival, and it will be considered a pre-requisite for obtaining a Hajj permit. For more information on these vaccines, check out our dedicated article below.

Hajj 2024 Vaccine: What Vaccinations Do Pilgrims Need For Hajj?

 

Permit

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.

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.

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

As pilgrims prepare for the sacred journey of Hajj 2024, the Ministry of Health in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has outlined essential health requirements and recommendations to ensure the well-being of participants. These guidelines emphasize the importance of vaccination against contagious diseases to safeguard the health of pilgrims and prevent the spread of illnesses during the pilgrimage.

Mandatory vaccinations include the Quadrivalent (ACYW) Polysaccharide Vaccine for meningococcal meningitis, with clear documentation of vaccination type and date, as well as precautions against poliomyelitis and yellow fever for travelers from affected regions.

In addition to vaccinations, pilgrims are advised to seek guidance from experienced travelers, maintain proper hydration, and adhere to health and safety protocols throughout the pilgrimage. By following these health guidelines, pilgrims can ensure a safe and spiritually fulfilling experience during the Hajj pilgrimage, contributing to the overall well-being and welfare of all participants.

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 registration through AWQAF UAE app

According to a recent announcement, registration for Hajj 2024 can be done through the AWQAF UAE application that is available in the App Store and Google Play Store. The registration started from December 5, 2023, to December 21, 2023.

Below, are the steps for Hajj registration through the AWQAF UAE application:

  • download the application from the App Store or Google Play Store
  • open the application
  • click on the “Hajj and Umrah Services” tab on the main screen
  • select “Hajj Registration”
  • log in using the UAE Pass digital identity
  • review and verify your personal information and passport details
  • if you want to link family members, click on the “Link with Family Members” option. Moreover, if you want to come with a guardian or companion, click on the “Add Guardian or Companion” option and enter their reference number.
  • for people with disabilities or chronic illnesses, you can choose your status from the special conditions list and attach the required documents
  • complete the required details and information
  • click on “Submit”

The registration application can be tracked at any time through the AWQAF UAE application. To check your application, you can simply go to the “Hajj and Umrah Services” tab on the main screen and select “Track Application.”

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 2024 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]

Sharjah

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; they include 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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