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Ministry of Hajj

Hajj Dates 2013

Key Hajj Dates: 1st Day of Hajj – 8th Dhul Hijjah – 13th October, 2013 Arafat Day – 9th Dhul Hijjah – 14th October, 2013 Eid Ul Adha – 10th Dhul Hijjah – 15th October, 2013   First day of arrival in the Kingdom for pilgrims is 1st of Dhu al-Qidah 1434 H –

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Mataf expansion to double current capacity

A vast expansion project for the mataf, (the circumambulation space around the Kaaba), is currently under way. The new mataf when completed, after three years, will accommodate 130,000 pilgrims in an hour, while the current mataf capacity withstands 52,000 pilgrims. The Grand Mosque’s Imam and Khatib, Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais,

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The Dutch spy who helped preserve Makkah’s history

MAKKAH – A Dutchman played a huge role in preserving Makkah’s history in the 1880s, according to a curator of oriental manuscripts and rare books at Leiden University in the Netherlands. In his lecture organized by Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz’s Chair for Makkah History Studies at Umm Al-Qura University

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