President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and First Lady Fazna Ahmed met with Maldivian Hajj pilgrims at the tents in Mina, Saudi Arabia.

On Monday, the first couple from the Maldives met the Maldivian Hajj pilgrims at the Mina tents.

During the meeting, the President and the First Lady inquired about the welfare of the pilgrims.

The President and First Lady traveled to Saudi Arabia to perform this year’s Hajj pilgrimage on July 4, 2022. Before their departure, the President of the Maldives met and bid farewell to the last group of Hajj pilgrims who went make the Hajj pilgrimage from the Maldives. .

The last group of pilgrims left for Saudi Arabia on July 2.

President Solih met 115 future pilgrims at Velana International Airport (VIA) and inquired about their welfare.

Addressing the future pilgrims, the president advised them to follow the instructions of the officials who accompanied them to avoid any incident. The president also assured them that the administration would closely monitor their situation during their pilgrimage, wishing them a “Mabroor Hajj” and a safe journey.

The Minister of Islamic Affairs, Dr. Ahmed Zahir, joined the President to accompany the future pilgrims. On May 31, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih appointed Dr. Zahir as Amir al-Hajj of the Maldives Pilgrims.

A quota has been granted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, for 453 Maldivian pilgrims this year, with only Maldives Hajj Corporation having the ability to send pilgrims for the hajj pilgrimage this year.

At the end of May, the Maldives Hajj Corporation opened applications for 100 of the 453 places. The application window was open until June 2 and forms were accepted at the Islamic Center meeting room.

The remaining places are reserved for candidates on the company’s waiting list.

The price for the hajj pilgrimage this year through Maldives Hajj Corporation has been set at 76,960 MVR.

The Maldives and the African country, Liberia, get 453 quotas according to the list released by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah of Saudi Arabia.

Maldivians have not participated in the Hajj pilgrimage for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Saudi Arabia has eased its COVID-19 pandemic restrictions and announced the country will allow one million people to perform Hajj this year. As such, the country has decided to allow people under the age of 65 who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as approved by the Saudi Ministry of Health, to perform the Hajj pilgrimage this year.

Pilgrims were mandated to provide a PCR test with a negative result.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, Saudi Arabia allowed 1,000 people living in the country to perform Hajj pilgrimage, in 2020. They allowed 60,000 people to perform Hajj pilgrimage, in 2021, with ease restrictions.