In line with the directives of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments (GAIAE) and the official Hajj delegation of the UAE, looks after the affairs of UAE pilgrims and arranges for everything they need to perform the rituals of the fifth pillar of Islam easily and peacefully.
Booking and Travel cost
The UAE has a limited quota of pilgrims every year. Due to this limited quota, pilgrims are advised to book their places as early as possible. It will help both pilgrims and tour operators start the necessary arrangements well in advance. The bookings can be made before the prices are announced by the tour operators, and it can be done by merely registering the pilgrim’s name with the operator without having to pay any additional fee.The cost of the Hajj in the UAE remains largely moderate given the volume of comprehensive services provided to pilgrims and the stringent conditions set by the Hajj delegation for operators in order to provide good standard of services and facilities and to ensure the maximum comfort of pilgrims. Depending on the quality of accommodation and services, proximity to the Holy Mosque, mode of transportation and airline travel class, prices vary and pilgrims can choose one of the approved operators who offer suitable packages within their budgets from different emirates. It is also important to note that pilgrims should register with tour operators approved by the Authority, so as to ensure their full rights in the event of any dispute between the pilgrim and the operator, or if the operator violates any of the terms and conditions of the contract. To see the list of approved hajj operators, please visit the Hajj section in the GAIAE website under helpful links.
Health Measures Before Leaving to Hajj
During Hajj season, millions of people are coming from different regions with different age groups. As a result, different health problems may occur if they don’t take preventative methods.There are three vaccines available for Al Hajj travellers:
Guidelines and Important Contacts for UAE Pilgrims
- Meningococcal Vaccine (Quadruple): It is a mandatory vaccine to all Hajj travellers by KSA to protect against meningitis.
- Seasonal Influenza Vaccine: It is a highly recommended vaccine to reduce the risk of flu.
- Pneumococcal Vaccine: It is recommended to adults aged 65 years and above, in addition to younger adults who have chronic diseases like diabetes, heart diseases (except high blood pressure), lung diseases (including asthma), liver diseases, and kidney diseases, people who have damaged spleen or their spleen have been removed and people who have weakened immune system to protect against pneumococcal diseases.
- Take the vaccines at least 2 weeks before travelling.
- Visit the doctor early before travelling for advice and guidance.
- Take with you first aid kit that include sterile gauze pads, adhesive tape, and antiseptic wipes.
- During the trip, wash your hand regularly by soap or hand sanitizer.
- Drink plenty of fluids and juices
The website of the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments (GAIAE) includes booklets, which give general guidelines, useful information on Hajj rules and important contact numbers which can be used by pilgrims if they have any enquiries related to Hajj rituals or health issues.
UAE Consulate in Jeddah
00966 2 651 5436
Official Hajj Delegation in Makkah
00966 2 553 4225
00966 2 553 4226
00966 2 553 4227
Official Hajj Delegation in Madina
00966 4 820 6165