Hajj and Umrah
Focusing our Efforts to Serve Hajj and Umrah Visitors
We will establish more museums, prepare new tourist and historical sites and cultural venues, and improve the pilgrimage experience within the Kingdom.
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.
- Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships
- Hajj Regulations
- Domestic Pilgrim Services Law
- Law of Transporting Pilgrims to the Kingdom and returning them to their Countries
- Statute for the Treatment of Persons Arriving in the Kingdom on Hajj, Umrah or Other Visas
- Statute for the Services for Umrah Performers and Visitors of the Prophet's Mosque from Abroad
- Open Data Platform - Ministry of Hajj and Umrah
Expanding and Developing the Holy Mosques
- The General Presidency for the affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet's Mosque
- The Project of Strategic and Operational Plan, The General Presidency for the affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet's Mosque
- Construction of the Grand Mosque
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.
- Local Haj Online Service
- Domestic Pilgrims - FAQs
- Domestic Pilgrims Procedures
- Domestic Pilgrims Rights
Applications and Guides
Hajj and Umrah Rights
Keep a copy of the following link to know your rights and duties as a Pilgrim.
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).
A number of vaccinations listed by the Ministry of Health are required to perform Hajj. Learn more about it.
Hajj and Umrah navigator
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.
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.
- 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 Adahi.org 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