UAE announces new Hajj and Umrah rules

Dubai Web Desk

DUBAI, UAE: The UAE’s General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments on Monday announced hefty fines for misusing pilgrimage services.

In a post on X, the authority said that the operators in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) cannot receive applications or requests for Hajj or Umrah without its prior approval.

Individuals, campaign organizers, and offices will be fined up to Dh 50,000 for violating the law.

The operators have to obtain approvals from the authority before organising or advertising Hajj or Umrah trips.

In addition, it prohibits collecting or receiving donations for the pilgrimage without a licence.

The new rules aim to regulate organising the Islamic pilgrimage including licensing procedures and fines related to violations.