With an increase in the quota of Hajj pilgrims, 1700 Gambians will perform Hajj this year, revealed the chairman of the National Hajj Commission.
In a press release, Alh. Ousman Jah wrote: “The office of the Gambia pilgrim affairs, National Hajj Commission has the honour to inform the general public that, the packages and Hajj operations for 2019 Hajj season has already been decided."
He added: “Due to time limit, all intending pilgrims are seriously urged to rush and contact the operator of their choice to know their cost and register before the 30th May 2019, after which all applications for the 2019 Hajj visa will be rejected.”
The Hajj agreement for 2019 was inked by The Gambia and Saudi Arabia earlier this year in Saudi Arabia.
A Gambian delegation including members of the National Hajj Commission was in the Middle Eastern country to finalise accommodation and travel arrangements for the pilgrims.
The travel agencies approved by the government to provide Hajj trips this year include Gambia International Airlines, Banjul Travel Agency, Tivaouane Travel and Tours and Orbit Travel Agency.