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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 20 November 2018

Pilgrims from UAE prepare for Hajj journey

Emiratis and expats are among thousands to perform the pilgrimage

Muslim pilgrims circumambulate the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca. Bandar Al Dandani / AFP
Muslim pilgrims circumambulate the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca. Bandar Al Dandani / AFP

The first batch of pilgrims will leave the UAE on Thursday for Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj.

Dr Mohammed Matar al Kaabi, head of the UAE’s Hajj Mission, said he and his aides are in Saudi Arabia ready to support pilgrims when they land at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah and Madina Airport.

Al Kaabi said there has been great support from the UAE's leaders for those on the pilgrimage.

The UAE Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Sheikh Shakbout bin Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan also toured facilities and camps established for the UAE pilgrims on Wednesday.

Emirates is among the airlines that is operating extra flights to Jeddah and Medina, adding 33 additional services between August 6 - 31.

This year, the top inbound destinations Emirates is expecting pilgrims to come from are Pakistan, Senegal, the United States, the UK, Australia, Indonesia, the Ivory Coast and Nigeria, UAE news agency Wam reported.

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