May 29, 2024
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Hajj Boom 2024: Saudi Arabia Approves 166 Buildings to House Hajj pilgrims in Makkah

The holy city of Makkah is preparing for a momentous Hajj season in 2024, as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia takes significant steps to accommodate the influx of Muslim pilgrims with the licensing of 166 new buildings dedicated to pilgrim housing. This proactive initiative by the Hajj Pilgrims Housing Committee reflects the Kingdom’s dedication to ensuring a comfortable and enriching experience for every pilgrim undertaking this sacred journey.

These newly licensed buildings boast a combined total of 26,710 rooms, offering ample space for over 111,697 pilgrims. This substantial increase in capacity underscores the Kingdom’s commitment to cater to the growing demand for Hajj, which saw a remarkable return to pre-pandemic levels in 2023 with over 1.8 million participants.

But the efforts don’t stop here. The Committee is actively accepting applications for licensing more buildings until next month, aiming to reach a staggering total of 5,000 dedicated Hajj pilgrim accommodations in Makkah. This ambitious expansion project signifies a long-term vision for seamless Haj experiences, fostering a sense of anticipation and excitement among future pilgrims.

To ensure the highest standards of safety and comfort, the Committee urges building owners to partner with accredited engineering offices. This meticulous approach guarantees that each dwelling adheres to stringent regulations and prioritizes pilgrim well-being.

For those eagerly awaiting the next Hajj, the dates for visa applications are already set. From March 1 to April 29, 2024, hopeful pilgrims can submit their applications, paving the way for their spiritual journey. The pilgrimage itself is expected to commence in mid-June, marking a momentous occasion for millions of Muslims worldwide.

This proactive expansion of pilgrim housing in Makkah reflects several key aspects of the Kingdom’s vision for Hajj. It demonstrates a deep commitment to upholding the sanctity of the pilgrimage and prioritizing the comfort and safety of every pilgrim. Moreover, it showcases the Kingdom’s dedication to continuous improvement and modernization, ensuring that Makkah remains an ever-evolving beacon of hospitality and Islamic unity.

The anticipation for Hajj 2024 is palpable, and the preparations underway are a testament to the Kingdom’s unwavering commitment to facilitating a transformative pilgrimage experience for every Muslim faithful. With ample housing options, streamlined visa processes, and meticulous attention to detail, the stage is set for a truly blessed and unforgettable Hajj in the heart of the Holy Land.


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