Saudi Arabia introduces Umrah dress code for women
Saudi authorities have implemented a dress code for Muslim women during the Umrah pilgrimage at the Grand Mosque in Mecca. The attire should be loose-fitting, devoid of ornaments, and cover the entire body. These rules come as Saudi Arabia anticipates around 10 million foreign Muslims to perform Umrah this season.
Dress Code for Muslim Women During Umrah in Mecca
Saudi Arabia has implemented a dress code for Muslim women taking part in Umrah at the Grand Mosque in Mecca. The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has provided detailed guidelines, stressing that female participants have some leeway in selecting their clothing. The attire should be loose-fitting, free of decorations, and must encompass the entire body.
The attire worn during Umrah rituals must meet specific criteria:
1. Loose Fitting: Clothing should be loose-fitting to ensure modesty and comfort during the pilgrimage.
2. Free of Ornaments: Attire should be free of decorative elements, ensuring simplicity and adherence to religious principles.
3. Body Coverage: The clothing must adequately cover the woman's body, aligning with Islamic modesty standards.
Umrah Season in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia's Umrah season is currently underway, with millions of Muslims expected to participate. This season follows the annual Islamic Hajj pilgrimage, which saw a significant turnout after pandemic-related restrictions were lifted.
Umrah for Muslims
Umrah is a pilgrimage performed by Muslims who may not have the physical or financial means to partake in the Hajj pilgrimage. It carries deep spiritual importance and enables Muslims to visit sacred sites within Saudi Arabia.
Facilitating Umrah for Foreign Muslims
Saudi Arabia has implemented several measures to facilitate Umrah for foreign Muslims:
1. Visa Extension: The Umrah visa duration has been extended from 30 to 90 days, providing pilgrims with more time to perform the rituals.
2. Multiple Entry Points: Pilgrims can enter the kingdom through various entry points, including land, air, and sea outlets, offering greater convenience.
3. No Male Guardianship: Female pilgrims are no longer required to be escorted by male guardians during Umrah, allowing greater independence.
Eligibility for Tourist Visas
Expatriates residing in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are now eligible to apply for tourist visas, irrespective of their profession. This allows them to perform Umrah and experience the spiritual journey in Saudi Arabia.