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Use this guide to learn how to fly to Mount Arafāt to observe the Day of Arafāt, including the best airport to fly to and which airlines to fly with.

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Mecca, Saudi Arabia

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What is the Day of Arafah?

The Day of Arafah (or Arafāt) is a sacred and virtuous day in the Muslim calender. On this day, many Muslim pilgrims gather on the plain and slopes of Arafât.

The day is a religious ceremony which commemorates the Prophet Muhammad. According to some Islamic traditions, the Day of Arafah is the day that the Prophet Muhammad gave his Farewell Sermon, otherwise known as the ‘Khutbat al-Wada'. This sermon is believed to have been given to his Sahabah (Companions), who had accompanied him for the Hajj towards the end of his life, upon the slopes of Arafât.

When is Arafah 2022?

The Day of Arafah is held on the ninth day of the Islamic lunar month. In 2022 this will be on July 8th. Arafat Day is also on the second day of the Hajj pilgrimage and the day before the first day of the Islamic Holiday of Eid ul-Adha.

Where is Arafat?

Arafat is celebrated by Muslims around the world. Hundreds of thousands of Muslims also take a pilgrimage to Mount Arafāt (or Mount Arafah). Mount Arafā is a large granite hill, east of Mecca in the plain of Arafat, and is of immense religious significance. Pilgrims observe the day of Arafat by standing in contemplative vigil.

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King Abdulaziz International Airport

King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED) is an international airport located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It is the third largest and the busiest airport in Saudi Arabia. The airport opened a new Hajj Terminal in 2019, which was built specifically to cater for Muslim pilgrims heading to Mecca annually on the pilgrim of Hajj. The airport is a hub for the following airlines: Flynas, and Saudia.

Distance from Arafat: 
Approximately 60 miles, which takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes by car.

✈︎ Airlines: 
Lots of airlines operate flights to King Abdulaziz International Airport from destinations across the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe, including SaudiaAir ArabiaTurkish AirlinesSpiceJetSaudiGulf AirlinesNile AirKuwait AirwaysIran AirEthiopian Airlines and Emirates, among others. See the table below for a full list of airlines. Some flights are operated throughout the year, while other routes are only available during Hajj.

  • Afriqiyah Airways - Misrata, Tripoli–Mitiga, Bayda, Benghazi
  • Aegean Airlines - Athens
  • Air Algérie - Algiers
  • Air Arabia - Alexandria, Assiut, Luxor, Sharjah, Sharm El Sheikh, Sohag
  • AirAsia X - Kuala Lumpur–International
  • Airblue - Islamabad, Lahore, Multan, Peshawar
  • Air Cairo - Alexandria, Assiut, Cairo, Sohag
  • Air China - Hajj: Ürümqi
  • Air India - Delhi, Hyderabad, Kozhikode, Mumbai; Hajj: Aurangabad
  • AnadoluJet - Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
  • Batik Air - Makassar, Medan, Surakarta/Solo
  • Biman Bangladesh Airlines - Chittagong, Dhaka; Hajj: Sylhet
  • Citilink - Jakarta–Soekarno-Hatta, Medan, Palembang, Semarang, Surabaya, Surakarta/Solo
  • Daallo Airlines - Hargeisa, Mogadishu
  • EgyptAir - Alexandria, Cairo, Sharm El Sheikh
  • Emirates - Dubai–International
  • Eritrean Airlines - Asmara
  • Ethiopian Airlines - Addis Ababa
  • Etihad Airways - Abu Dhabi; Al Ain
  • Flyadeal - Abha, Dammam, Gassim, Riyadh, Tabuk
  • FlyBosnia - Sarajevo
  • flydubai - Dubai–International
  • FlyEgypt - Alexandria, Assiut, Sohag
  • Flynas - Abu Dhabi, Adana, Algiers, Amman–Queen Alia, Baghdad, Bangalore, Beirut, Dammam, Dubai–International, Erbil, Hatay, Hofuf, Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen, Jizan, Kano, Khartoum, Kuwait, Medina, Riyadh, Sarajevo, Sharjah, Sharm El Sheikh, Tabuk, Yanbu, Baku, Batumi, Kozhikode, Salzburg, Tbilisi, Vienna
  • Garuda Indonesia - Jakarta–Soekarno-Hatta, Balikpapan, Banda Aceh, Makassar, Medan, Padang, Surabaya, Surakarta/Solo; Hajj: Banjarmasin, Palembang
  • Gulf Air - Bahrain
  • IndiGo - Bangalore, Delhi, Kozhikode, Mumbai
  • Iran Air - Hajj: Bandar Abbas, Birjand, Bushehr, Goragan, Isfahan, Medina, Rasht, Shiraz, Urmia, Zahedan
  • Iraqi Airways
  • Jazeera Airways - Kuwait
  • - Hajj: Leeds/Bradford, Manchester
  • Jubba Airways - Dubai–International, Galkayo
  • Kabo Air - Hajj: Abuja, Kano
  • Kam Air - Kabul, Kandahar
  • Kuwait Airways - Kuwait
  • Libyan Airlines - Benghazi, Tripoli–Mitiga
  • Lion Air - Balikpapan, Banda Aceh, Makassar, Padang, Palembang, Pekanbaru, Surabaya, Surakarta/Solo
  • Malaysia Airlines - Kuala Lumpur–International; Hajj: Alor Setar, Johor Bahru, Kuala Terengganu, Penang
  • Max Air - Hajj: Kano
  • Middle East Airlines - Beirut
  • Nesma Airlines - Ha'il
  • Nile Air - Alexandria, Assiut, Cairo, Luxor, Sohag
  • Nordwind Airlines - Moscow–Sheremetyevo
  • Oman Air - Muscat, Salalah
  • Pakistan International Airlines - Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Multan
  • Pegasus Airlines - Trabzon
  • Qatar Airways - Doha
  • Qeshm Airlines - Hajj: Tehran–Imam Khomeini
  • Royal Air Maroc - Casablanca; Hajj: Rabat, Tangier
  • Royal Brunei Airlines - Seasonal: Bandar Seri Begawan
  • Royal Jordanian - Amman–Queen Alia
  • SalamAir - Muscat, Salalah
  • Saudia - Various destinations; Hajj: Various destinations
  • SaudiGulf Airlines - Baghdad, Dammam, Erbil
  • SCAT Airlines - Almaty
  • Scoot - Singapore
  • SpiceJet - Ahmedabad, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kozhikode, Mumbai; Hajj: Srinagar
  • SriLankan Airlines - Colombo–Bandaranaike
  • Sudan Airways - Khartoum
  • Syrian Air - Hajj: Damascus
  • Tarco Airlines - Khartoum
  • Tunisair - Tunis
  • Turkish Airlines - Istanbul; Hajj: Various destinations
  • Turkmenistan Airlines - Ashgabat
  • Utair Aviation - Hajj: Magas, Kazan
  • Uzbekistan Airways - Tashkent
  • Yemenia - Aden
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Why do Muslims go to Arafat?

The Day of Arafah is a very sacred and virtuous day for Muslims. It is believed by many to be the day that the Prophet Muhammad gave his farewell sermon upon Mount Arafah. Many pilgrims will head to Mount Arafat, which is believed to be the place where the Prophet Muhammad stood and delivered his sermon to his companions. Pilgrims stand in contemplative silence on the hillside on this day.

Is it easy to get to Mount Arafāt?

If you're planning a pilgrimage to Mount Arafāt for the Day of Arafat, you'll be pleased to hear that lots of airlines operate flights to the nearby King Abdulaziz International Airport ahead of the ceremony. Lots of airlines already operate regular flights to the airport throughout the year, but during Hajj lots of additional routes are added.