Know that Umrah travel is a Sunnah of the Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SAWW). Therefore, offering the rituals of minor pilgrimage is not obligatory for any individual regardless of whether he/she possesses the mental, financial and physical capability for it. Yet, at the same time, it is advised to follow up on the performance of Umrah rituals because of the higher rewards and bounties associated with this pilgrimage. That’s why millions arrive for the holy rituals travelling with Umrah packages all-inclusive from across the globe.
Considering the non-obligatory nature of Umrah rituals, one should only travel for it when having the financial, physical and mental capability for it. So, if someone is disabled, this rule doesn’t even apply. Yet, if such a person wants to go to Umrah or you are travelling with a disabled person along, Saudi Authorities completely facilitate them.
Here’s a brief description of the facilities present for disabled people in Umrah.
A majority of hotels and accommodations in Makkah as well as Madinah offer rooms that are equipped with accessibility features. Such as;
- Wheelchair ramps.
- Wider doorways.
- Bathrooms for specially-abled people.
So, living there won’t be a problem for you.
Wheelchair Rental Services.
Some companies operate in the holy cities that offer wheelchair rental services as per your needs. So whether a person is disabled or elderly, one can get a wheelchair on rent and move around easily to offer the holy rituals.
Transportation facilities in the kingdom are also equipped with accessibility facilities such as wheelchair lifts or ramps to help disabled pilgrims get on board easily between different locations.
Proximity to Holy Sites.
For an enhanced travel experience, consider getting accommodations that are in close proximity to Haram as well as other holy sites. It will not only help to reduce the travel time for you but also offer ease of access for disabled individuals to catch up on the holy rituals.
Wheelchair Accessibility at Holy Sites.
A lot of holy sites in the region are equipped with wheelchair accessibility features. Prominently including Masjid-al-Haram in Makkah and Masjid an-Nabawi in Madinah. There have been efforts to enhance wheelchair accessibility for disabled people coming into Haramain with ramps and designated areas.
Keep all of the necessary documentation along and prepare personal IDs to help others in case of any unforeseen incident. Don’t forget to include your medical records, history or any specific health history and certificates. This is important for any emergencies to get appropriate medical assistance.
Assistance from Guides and Volunteers.
Guides and volunteers are often available to assist disabled pilgrims, offering support with mobility and other specific needs during the pilgrimage travel.
Certain areas within the holy sites offer priority access for disabled individuals to facilitate a smoother and more convenient experience.
Medical facilities are present in the holy sites for disabled people. These facilities remain efficiently equipped with different facilities to handle all sorts of health needs of disabled pilgrims, ensuring access to necessary care.
Effective communication is essential for all the pilgrims. Therefore, specific channels are established to address the different requirements and concerns of disabled pilgrims i.e. providing information and assistance in a way that is more convenient to them.
Resources and guidance are offered to disabled pilgrims without a doubt; informing them about available facilities and best practices for a comfortable Umrah journey overall.
Know the location of nearby medical facilities around Haramain and your hotel to help you in case of an emergency because quick access to medical assistance is essential.
Prioritize Comfort and Rest.
Plan an Umrah travel schedule that balances comfort and rest along with the performance of the holy rituals. Performing Umrah rituals can be exhausting considering the physically laborious nature of the pilgrimage. So, adequate rest periods are crucial for every individual especially the ones with any disability.
Tips to consider.
- Be aware of the weather conditions in Makkah and plan a time for Umrah travel that works best for you.
- Consider getting travel insurance that also covers your medical needs to have a financial cover in case of any emergency.
- Arrive in the region only after receiving the necessary vaccination shots.
- Take your prescription medicines on time.
So, these are some of the facilities available for disabled people travelling with September Umrah Packages.