Maldives Airports Company Limited MACL says due to the high number of Umrah departures, the departure area at Velaana International Airport VIA is experiencing a large influx of passengers and their relatives.

MACL said that its team is working to ensure smooth operations for everyone. It also requested all for their patience and cooperation at this time.

Many Maldivians are expected to join their fellow Muslims in Saudi Arabia this Ramadan for Umrah rituals as many seek to visit the holy land during the holy month of Ramadan.

Saudi Arabian Authorities urged pilgrims to limit the number of times they perform Umrah to once during the holy month of Ramadan.

The ministry urged Muslims to only perform Umrah once during the holy month to reduce crowding and ensure a smooth and easy journey for pilgrims at the sites.

Umrah is an Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca that can be undertaken at any time of the year, except during Hajj.

Ramadan – the sacred month-long period when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset – sees an enormous number of people wanting to perform Umrah and many schedule their trips for the last 10 days of the Holy month.