Qatar has selected 1,500 expatriates to perform umrah

September 25, 2010

Qatar’s Haj and Umrah department has selected 1,500 expatriates to perform haj (pilgrimage) this year. They were among 8,260 foreigners who had applied to go to Makkah for the annual rituals.

According to Ali Mubarak Al Faihani, the acting director of the department, the selection of the people who will perform haj was based on an electronic process with no physical intervention from his department.

Conditions set by the department for Qatar-based expatriates planning to perform the pilgrimage this year included a mandatory residence of at least three years in the country, Al Fihani said, quoted by Qatari daily Gulf Times.

The 1,500 expatriates have been notified about their selection via SMS to enable them to follow the required procedures with their haj operators.

Applicants who fail to complete the required procedures within seven days of getting the notification will be excluded and replaced with others, Al Fihani said.

As hosts of the pilgrimage, Saudi authorities have set quotas for all countries to help deal with the increasing numbers of Muslims who apply to go to Makkah for the five-day once-a-year ritual.

Umrah can be performed at any time of the year and has no quotas.



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
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  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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