Manama, April 28 (BNA): Preparations are underway for the new Hajj season in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The Hajj quota in Bahrain this year will include a total of 2,094 pilgrims who will be divided among 59 licensed operators,
New regulations for this Hajj season make merger mandatory for at least five operators.
Only one operator among them will be appointed to be responsible for their collective Hajj trip and to negotiate with the relevant authorities, whether in Bahrain or in Saudi Arabia.
The regulation aims to improve services and maintain Hajj prices this year in light of the low numbers. No permits will be issued to persons over 65 years of age.
The last date for completing Hajj procedures on the Saudi track is May 16, leaving Saudi Arabia on Dhu al-Hijjah 4, 1443 AH, and returning to Bahrain on Dhu al-Hijjah 14.
Sheikh Adnan bin Abdullah Al Qattan, Head of the Bahraini Hajj Mission, urged operators to comply with the directives of the Supreme Committee for Hajj and Umrah Affairs and the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah to ensure the success of this exceptional Hajj season.
He was speaking during the annual forum held remotely with operators to discuss the new mandatory regulations that will be in place this year.
He extended his deepest thanks and gratitude to His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Prime Minister for their support of the Bahrain Hajj Committee.
He referred to the directives of the Minister of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments, Chairman of the Supreme Committee for Hajj and Umrah Affairs, Sheikh Khalid bin Ali Al Khalifa.