Pilgrim Experience Program

The program’s role is to provide the opportunity for the largest possible number of Muslims to perform Hajj and Umrah to the fullest extent, and to work on enriching and enhancing their experience. This is through preparing the Two Holy Mosques, achieving Islam’s universal message, preparing tourist and cultural sites, and providing the best services before, during and after their visit to Makkah and Medina Munawara and the holy sites. The role also includes reflecting the Kingdom’s honorable and civilized image in serving the Two Holy Mosques and pilgrims.

The Pilgrim Experience Program was launched in 2019 as an extension of the honor of serving the Two Holy Mosques by the kings of this country, since the founder’s era, may God rest his soul. 

The program aims to facilitate hosting the pilgrims of the Two Holy Mosques, and providing them with the best services, while enriching their religious and cultural experience. At the beginning of the program a study involving thousands of Muslims was conducted around the world, which contributed to defining expectations and learning pilgrims’ needs.

In order to achieve a distinguished spiritual experience for the Hajj and Umrah pilgrims, the program designed their journey around seven main points of contact, starting with the point before arrival, arrival and departure, followed by transportation, visiting the Two Holy Mosques and the holy sites, performing the ritual in health and safety, and finally reaching the two points of the Kingdom’s hospitality and discovery.

In the previous stage, the program has scored many achievements in collaboration with the related entities in the sector, most notably making e-visas available for Hajj and Umrah pilgrims from all countries and the extension of the Umrah season, in addition to many technical achievements, including the launch of initiatives such as “Eyab”, “Smart Hajj” and “Pilgrimage without a Bag”, and finally comprehensive health insurance.

In the next stage, the program aims to provide a transformative spiritual experience for the pilgrims by facilitating and simplifying procedures for hosting more pilgrims and preparing Islamic historical sites in a manner that ensures enriching the religious and cultural activities for Hajj and Umrah pilgrims, as well as achieving integration between all parties to improve the system of services provided through 16 priority paths through which we seek to enable 30 million pilgrims to experience a transformative faith experience (from idea to memory).

Chairman - Minister of Hajj and Umrah, Member of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs

H.E. Dr. Tawfig F. AlRabiah

Board Members

Minister of Culture

His Highness Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Muhammad bin Farhan Al Saud

Minister of Commerce and acting minister of media

H.E. Dr. Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi

Minister of Tourism

H.E. Mr. Ahmed Al-Khateeb

Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture

H.E. Eng. Abdulrahman AlFadley

Minister of Municipal & Rural Affairs and Housing

H.E. Mr. Majed AlHogail

Minister of Investment

H.E. Eng. Khalid Al-Falih

Minister of Finance

H.E. Mr. Muhammad bin Abdullah Al-Jadaan

Minister of Communications and Information Technology

H.E. Eng. Abdullah Amer Al-Swaha

Minister of Human Resources and Social Development

H.E. Eng. Ahmed bin Suleiman Al-Rajhi

Minister of Transport

H.E. Eng. Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser

Minister of Health

H.E. Mr. Fahad Al-Jalajel

Governor of the Public Investment Fund

H.E. Mr. Yasser Al-Rumayyan

Deputy Minister of the Interior

H.E. Mr. Nasser Al-Dawood

Deputy Foreign Minister

H.E. Mr. Waleed Al-Khuraiji

The CEO of Madinah Region Development Authority

Eng. Fahad Albuliheshi

The CEO of the Makkah Region Development Authority

Mr. Ahmed bin Omar Al-Aridi

Key Objectives


Facilitating hosting more pilgrims and access to the Two Holy Mosques


Providing high-quality services for Hajj and Umrah pilgrims


Enriching the religious and cultural experience of Hajj and Umrah pilgrims

Top Achievements