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Hajj and Umrah

Focusing our Efforts to Serve Hajj and Umrah Visitors

Saudi Arabia has assumed a prominent place in the world and has become synonymous with hospitality and a warm welcome to all Muslims. As such, it has carved a special place in the hearts of pilgrims and the faithful everywhere. We have been given the privilege to serve the Two Holy Mosques, the pilgrims and all visitors to the blessed holy sites. In the last decade, the number of Umrah visitors entering the country from abroad has tripled, reaching 8 million people. This is a noble responsibility. It requires us to spare no effort in seeking to offer pilgrims with all they need so we fulfil our duty to provide good hospitality to our brothers and sisters. In this context, we have recently begun a third expansion to the Two Holy Mosques, as well as modernizing and increasing the capacities of our airports. We have launched the Makkah Metro project to complement the railroad and train projects that will serve visitors to the Holy Mosques and holy sites. We have reinforced the network of our transport system to facilitate access and help pilgrims perform their visits with greater ease and convenience. At the same time, we will enrich pilgrims’ spiritual journeys and cultural experiences while in the Kingdom.
We will establish more museums, prepare new tourist and historical sites and cultural venues, and improve the pilgrimage experience within the Kingdom.
(2030 Vision)



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Watch the following video for more about the successful efforts and inspiring human stories during the Hajj season of 2017


The Ministry of Haj and Umrah

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah is the competent authority for everything related to the affairs of pilgrims, Hajj and Umrah. It is the governmental body authorized to coordinate between all the different governmental sectors and the officials of Hajj and Umrah in Islamic countries and the rest of the world.
The ministry's role extends to planning, implementation, supervision and monitoring to ensure that the best services are provided to visitors to the two Holy Mosques. Whether these services are direct or indirect in cooperation with the different sectors of the government.
The ministry's patronage takes care of visitors of the two holy mosques from their arrival via the various ports of the Kingdom either by land, air and sea. Then, providing them with the best services to achieve the highest levels of comfort during their stay and until they leave to their countries.

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Expanding and Developing the Holy Mosques

The development of Hajj and Umrah facilities and the expansion of the two Holy Mosques are at the top of the Saudi government concerns. Through their ongoing efforts, the visitors of the two holy mosques are given the needed security and care to allow them to perform their religious duties easily.

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Where do you start your journey?



When a Muslim becomes able to perform Hajj physically and spiritually, he begins to prepare for his greatest journey towards the holy city of Mecca. This journey, was not free of hardship and exhaustion and other obstacles pilgrims today don’t know. 
Thanks to God and then thanks to the development of transportation and excellent services and guidance at every place and time. Below is a set of useful links that will guide your pilgrimage and make your journey an unforgettable spiritual and cultural experience.

Domestic Pilgrims

Foreign Pilgrims


Applications and Guides

Smartphones became a convenient and fast way to get access to information and guidance during your Hajj, Umrah and visits of the two holy mosques in general.

Hajj and Umrah Rights

Keep a copy of the following link to know your rights and duties as a Pilgrim.

ERSHAD Program

A toll free line to answer any Islamic inquiries.
8001222100 | 8001222400

Your Health During Hajj and Umrah e-Guide

You can download this file and use it as a safe health guide during your Hajj and Umrah trip.


AlMaqsad is the first system of its kind serving the visitors of the Grand Mosque. It depends on high technology operated by Bluetooth to locate the holder of the smartphone and guide him/her to their destination inside the mosque, and outside through connection to the system of global identification (GPS).

Smartphone Applications

Health Requirements

A number of vaccinations listed by the Ministry of Health are required to perform Hajj. Learn more about it.

Hajj and Umrah navigator

Hajj and Umrah navigator application


Volunteers efforts during Hajj and Umrah

The ambitious 2030 Vision aims to reach 1 million volunteers in the non-profit sector each year
One of the most promising scenes of volunteering in Saudi Arabia happens through the contribution of the young men and women of the Kingdom to support the Hajj and Umrah seasons each year. By doing everything they can to make the experience of God’s guests smoother and more secure.

The voluntary program at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah includes three main areas:

  • Field guidance and translation
  • Field Operations and Administration
  • Health care

Learn about the different fields and how to apply through the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah portal.


The Saudi Project for Utilization of Hajj (Adahi)

The efforts of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah were not limited to providing services and facilities for the performance of rituals, but reaches out to build successful national partnerships.
Among these partnerships comes The Saudi Project for Utilization of Hajj (Adahi), managed by the Islamic Development Bank. It is supervised by six ministries: Municipal and Rural Affairs, Interior, Finance, Justice, Islamic Affairs, Hajj and Umrah, Ministry of Environment Water & Agriculture. In addition to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Research Institute for Hajj and Umrah.

Project Mission

To provide pilgrims with facilities to perform Hady and Fidyah nusuk (devotion) as well as Udhiyah and Sadaqah (Charity) on behalf of them for those willing Muslims and the distribution of meat among the beneficiaries.

Project Objectives

  • To distribute the sacrificed animal meat, among the poor and the beneficiaries
  • Providing animals that meet all Shariah and health requirements
  • Ensuring the environment remains clean and protected in and around the holy sites
  • Making best use of remains and distributing its revenues among the poor of the holy mosque.

Entrust and trust

This e-service acts as agent to pilgrims in carrying out on their behalf the slaughter of all type of offering they make and the transport and distribution of the meat, all in accordance with the principles of Shari'ah. Buyers on the website hereby authorize IDB and the Adahi Project Committee jointly or individually to buy slaughter, utilize and distribute sacrificial meat to the beneficiaries and do such other things as may be incidental or related to the foregoing.


Hajj in numbers



In implementing its Hajj statistics program within the boundaries of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the General Authority for Statistics depends on the comprehensive enumeration methodology for all individuals coming to the holy city of Makkah to perform Hajj (Pilgrimage). This is undertaken by Hajj statistics centers located at all entrances to Makkah, as well as at other support centers in the cities of Jeddah, Taif, and Medina. The counting usually begins on the first day of Dhu al-Hijjah, and ends at 6:00 o'clock in the evening of the 9th day of the same month. The counting process also covers the incoming (external) pilgrims who are counted by General Directorate of Passports at the KSA's entrance outlets. The Hajj statistics program aims at providing comprehensive and accurate data on the number of pilgrims by means of transportation and date of arrival, for use in setting up plans and programs required for extending distinguished services to pilgrims, the number of pilgrims from Makkah Almokarama is calculated based on a survey implemented by General Authority for Statistics.
(Source: General Authority for Statistics)

To learn more about Hajj (Pilgrimage) Statistics Map

Take a look at the latest published statistical report of Hajj Season 2017

Photo Library

The Saudi multimedia library provides a range of high-quality images and videos of the Holy Mosques, Hajj and Umrah rituals, and Islamic sites and locations. Multimedia Library


Last Modified Date: 16/08/2018 - 10:11 PM Saudi Arabia Time

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