Hajj is an occasion when millions of Muslims, regardless of their colour, ethnicity or nationality from everycorner of the world gather in Makkah each year. Government authorities in the UAE place great importance on providing pilgrims with the opportunity to perform the rituals of the fifth pillar of Islam in a peaceful and comfortable manner.
The Hajj and Umrah Department in the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments organises Hajj and Umrah, develops the necessary regulations and grants licences for Hajj and Umrah visits in accordance with the applicable laws and regulations, in addition to many other tasks, including:
✓ Organize Hajj and Umrah and reinforce regulations
✓ Supervise the implementation of said regulations
✓ Regulate the performance of Hajj and Umrah contractors
✓ Grant permits for Hajj and Umrah groups based on the pertinent rules and regulations
✓ Perform the secretarial duties for the permanent committee for Hajj and Umrah
✓ Conduct an annual evaluation on the contractors and groups performance, and ensure their compliance with the agreements concluded with the pilgrims
✓ Coordinate, regulate and make the necessary preparations for the official Hajj delegation formed by a Decree of the UAE Cabinet
✓ Prepare plans to guide and preach to pilgrims and supervise its implementation
✓ Test the preachers who will join Hajj and Umrah groups
✓ Conduct training courses for Hajj and Umrah accompanying preachers
✓ Resolve the pilgrims’ complaints vis-à-vis their contractors or groups
✓ Review the Hajj guidelines issued by KSA and submit a report in this respect to the permanent committee for Hajj and Umrah to take the appropriate decisions
✓ Any other pertinent issues
The Authority provides three vaccines for the pilgrims:
- Meningococcal Vaccine (Quadruple): It is a mandatory vaccine for all pilgrims by KSA to protect them against meningitis.
- Seasonal Influenza Vaccine: It is a highly recommended vaccine to reduce the risk of flu.
- Pneumococcal Vaccine: It is recommended for adults aged 65 years and above, as well as for 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 a damaged spleen or their spleen has been removed and for people who have weakened immune systems to protect against pneumococcal diseases.
The RAK Medical District exertstremendous effort to protect the pilgrims from all sorts of diseases and epidemics that could threaten their health through the provision of vaccines at the Main Centre of the Department of Preventive Medicine, along with 12 health centres spread all over the emirate, such as RAK Health Centre, Al Nakheel , Al Rams among others.
Hajj and Umrah Campaigns in Ras Al Khaimah