Saudi Arabia allows women to perform Hajj, Umrah without Mahram
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has allowed women pilgrims to perform Hajj or Umrah from any part of the world without a mahram (male guardian), confirmed Saudi Minister of Hajj and Umrah.
During a press conference at the Saudi Embassy in Cairo on Monday, Saudi Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah announced that mahram (male guardian) is no longer required to accompany a woman pilgrim, who wishes to travel to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj or Umrah.
“The condition for women pilgrims to accompany with mahram has been abolished,” Al-Rabiah said.
He further informed that modern technology will be used and digitised to provide facilities to the pilgrims of two Holy mosques, including the use of robots.
He says that the cost of the expansion project of Masjid al-Haram has exceeded 200 billion Saudi Riyals.
“This is the largest expansion project in the history of Masjid al-Haram,” he added.
Earlier, Saudi authorities have decided to enforce the ‘mahram law’ (accompanied by a male guardian) for women below 45 years of age visiting to perform Hajj.
According to the Saudi Civil Aviation Authority, women below the age of 45 will be immediately deported if they arrive in Saudi Arabia without a mahram for non-compliance with the order.