New Hajj, Umrah rules in UAE: Violators to face up to Dh50,000 fine

by Staff Reporter
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New Hajj, Umrah rules in UAE

Operators in the UAE are now required to obtain prior approval from the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments before accepting requests for Hajj or Umrah, according to an announcement made on Monday.

The new regulation was introduced alongside significant fines aimed at deterring misuse of pilgrimage services. Violators can now face fines of up to Dhs50,000, as stated by the authority.

Before arranging or promoting trips for Haj or Umrah, operators must secure approval from the authorities. Furthermore, the collection or acceptance of donations for pilgrimage purposes is strictly prohibited without a valid license.

The measure underscores the UAE’s commitment to ensuring the integrity and proper management of pilgrimage arrangements, safeguarding the rights and interests of pilgrims.

It aims to streamline the process and enhance oversight to uphold the sanctity and significance of these religious journeys.

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