In 2018, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia put forward their vision of hosting 30 million pilgrims to Makkah in 2030. In order to better streamline the procedures for obtaining visas and permits for overseas pilgrims, the kingdom launched a Hajj and Umrah Global Distribution System (MAQAM) to tie with hotel reservations, transportation, airline-tickets, catering and other tourism related activities.
Agoda is currently one of the few major Online Travel Agents (OTA) to integrate with MAQAM. You can visit Agoda’s Umrah portal for Makkah by clicking here.
When you book a hotel via Agoda’s Umrah protal, you will recieve a Booking Reference Number (BRIND), which you can use to reserve your Umrah time-slot in the EATMARNA/إعتمرنا app.
Currently there are only a few hotels that are certified by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah which are integrated with MAQAM. As the system matures, we will see more and more hotels that will be added, making it easier for all guests to the Ka’bah to be accommodated.
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