Registration for the upcoming Hajj season for citizens and residents of Qatar will commence this Wednesday, 20 September, following the announcement of the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs (Awqaf). The registration will be via hajj.gov.qa and will run until 20 October. 

Electronic sorting and approval processes will begin in November.

Hajj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, considered the holiest city for Muslims. Hajj is a mandatory religious duty that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by all adult Muslims who are physically and financially capable of undertaking the journey.

According to the Ministry, the early announcement of registration was to allow Hajj tour operators to finalise their contracts with Saudi companies and enhance services for pilgrims. The Hajj quota allocated by the authorities in Saudi Arabia is 4,400 pilgrims. The registration is open to both Qatari nationals and residents.

Pilgrim quotas

Qatari pilgrims should at least be 16 years old and may be accompanied by five companions. Pilgrims who are Gulf citizens, meanwhile, should at least be 18 years old. They have the option to take only one companion. All pilgrims should have a valid Qatar ID.

Qatar residents who wish to join and register for Hajj should at least be 40 years old and a resident of Qatar for a period of no less than 10 years. They are also allowed to take only one companion.

The allocation of quotas for pilgrims from various countries is set by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj. They also initiated the electronic registration pathway for pilgrims.

For more registration details, visit hajj.gov.qa.  


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