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Abu Dhabi Int'l says ready for return of hajj pilgrims

Abu Dhabi International Airport expects to receive more than 2,750 returning pilgrims, alongside an additional 25,000 Hajj transit travellers

Abu Dhabi Int'l says ready for return of hajj pilgrims
Muslim pilgrims perform the final walk around the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Makkah. (ABDEL GHANI BASHIR/AFP/Getty Images)

Abu Dhabi International Airport has announced it has completed preparations for the return of the Hajj pilgrims from Makkah and Madinah over the upcoming weekend.

Pilgrims returning to Abu Dhabi will be welcomed with dates, Arabic coffee and chocolates distributed by Abu Dhabi Airports’ employees.

Pilgrims are scheduled to begin returning on Thursday from Saudi Arabia, with flights lasting through to Saturday.

The airport said it is expected to receive more than 2,750 returning pilgrims, alongside an additional 25,000 international Hajj travellers who will be transiting through Abu Dhabi International Airport on their return from the Saudi holy cities.

Dr Mohamed Matar Al Kaabi, chairman of the UAE General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments and chairman of Hajj Mission told state news agency WAM that all Emirati pilgrims are in good health.

Al Kaabi also thanked the Saudi government for offering the best facilities and excellent services to millions of pilgrims which added to the success of this year's Hajj season.

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