Umrah, the lesser pilgrimage is a voluntary act of worship that Muslims perform multiple times as they travel to Saudi Arabia to the house of Allah (Kaaba). Contrary to the major pilgrimage – Hajj, Umrah is a shorter journey which can be performed at any time of the year except for Hajj season.

Below we have rounded up some of the crucial steps to follow for your Umrah journey:

  • Being in a state of Ihram by cleansing your body and soul as well as wearing appropriate garments for both women and men.
  • Performing the intention to begin the minor pilgrimage in the Miqat station.
  • Reach Masjid Al Haram – Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) Mosque and perform Tawaf – which is circling the Holy Kaaba seven times in an anticlockwise direction.
  • Complete Sa’ay – which is sprinting between the hills of Safa and Marwah 7 times, beside the Kaaba.
  • Upon the completion of the Umrah, men shave their heads or trim their hair and women are advised to cut a short lock of their or trim their hair.

Planning your Umrah is essential and here are the most significant things you would need for the Umrah journey at a glimpse.


Pack all the essential belongings that you need for your travel such as your ID card, passport, and any other important documents. You also need to keep your ihram garments with you. Additionally, book your flight and make your hotel booking in advance to avoid any problems later on. For the best deals and safe travel, choose a reliable travel agency partner who can help you with all of these necessities and avail customised Umrah packages as per your needs.

Such as at Fly Saudi, we offer the best Umrah packages that can be personalised according to your specific requirements. Book your choice of accommodation and find local assistance in case you run into any problems. We also offer local transportation so that you can safely travel and perform your Umrah journey.


For those of you wondering, what is the best time to perform Umrah? The cooler months are the best time to travel to Saudi Arabia since the weather is ideal as pilgrims can walk and travel around on their Umrah journey, without feeling hot and dehydrated. December is a highly Additionally, the month of Ramadan is a sacred time to perform Umrah with abundant rewards and the months that follow Muharram and Safar are considered blessed months in the Islamic month.


An important point to note especially for those who are planning to travel to Umrah for the first time, there is no airport in Makkah. So, you have to travel from Jeddah to Makkah since most flights for Umrah are available there. From there you can arrive at Makkah from Jeddah via train, taxi, bus, or car.