x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Former UAE Haj pilgrims asked not to return

There is room for about 5,000 pilgrims from the UAE this year due to construction at the holy sites.

People who have already performed Haj have been urged not to sign up this year, after the Saudi government reduced quotas by 20 per cent due to expansion work at the two holy mosques.

This year there is room for only 4,982 pilgrims from the UAE, compared with 6,228 in previous years