UAE Pilgrims Return Safely to Homeland After Completing Hajj

Omar Abbas - | Arab

The first batch of pilgrims from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) returned home yesterday, marking the conclusion of their Hajj pilgrimage.

Arriving via several flights at the country’s airports, they completed their Hajj rituals, including the symbolic act of throwing stones on the second day of Tashreeq and the farewell circumambulation around the Holy Kaaba. A festive reception greeted these pilgrims at Sheikh Zayed International Airport, celebrating their safe return with flowers and sweets.

Today, UAE airports continue to receive more groups from the official Hajj delegation, totaling 6,228 male and female citizens. Authorities have made extensive preparations to ensure smooth arrival procedures, aiming to facilitate a seamless return for all pilgrims to their families.

The official Hajj mission from the UAE performed all Hajj rites peacefully and with divine grace. Following the completion of rituals and the farewell circumambulation, pilgrims were enveloped in an atmosphere of profound faith, feeling surrounded by angels of mercy and tranquility.

The State Pilgrims Affairs Office spared no effort in facilitating the return procedures for UAE pilgrims. They set up dedicated counters, baggage belts, and provisions for Zamzam water to prevent overcrowding. Preemptive awareness programs equipped pilgrims with essential knowledge of Hajj rituals, ensuring they performed them correctly and fully.

Success of the "Faza" Platform

The introduction of the "Faza" platform by the State Pilgrims Affairs Office proved highly successful. This platform operates round the clock to handle emergency reports from UAE pilgrims, swiftly resolving issues in coordination with relevant service committees.

The wise leadership emphasized the importance of easing Hajj rituals for UAE pilgrims, reflecting continuous support and guidance. The efforts of Saudi Arabian authorities during the Hajj season were praised for their pivotal role in ensuring a successful pilgrimage experience. The UAE Hajj campaigns and field teams were also commended for their administrative and supervisory roles in providing comprehensive services to pilgrims.

Saudi Arabia's committed efforts to facilitate the Hajj season in 1445 AH were praised by Dr. Omar Habtoor Al-Darai, Chairman of the General Authority for Islamic Affairs, Endowments, and Zakat and Head of the UAE Pilgrims Affairs Office. He also praised the State Pilgrims Affairs Office's committees and work teams for their dedication to providing pilgrims with excellent service.

Planning for Future Hajj Seasons

Mohammed Saeed Al Neyadi, Director General of the Authority and Deputy Head of the State Pilgrims Affairs Office, chaired a coordination meeting to discuss preparations for the upcoming Hajj season in 1446 AH. Registration for next year’s Hajj season will open in September through the Authority’s smart application and website, ensuring efficient application processes for prospective pilgrims.

The successful return of UAE pilgrims from Hajj, facilitated by meticulous planning and dedicated efforts, underscores the commitment of both UAE and Saudi Arabian authorities to enhance the pilgrimage experience. As preparations begin for future seasons, the focus remains on providing comprehensive support and services to pilgrims, ensuring their journey to the Holy Lands remains spiritually fulfilling and logistically seamless.

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