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Flights to Arafat

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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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 Saudia, Air Arabia, Turkish Airlines, SpiceJet, SaudiGulf Airlines, Nile Air, Kuwait Airways, Iran Air, Ethiopian 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. 

Aegean Airlines Athens  
Afriqiyah Airways Misrata, Tripoli–Mitiga, Bayda, Benghazi  
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 Abha, Abu Dhabi, Addis Ababa, Al Baha, Alexandria, Algiers, Al Jawf, Al Ula, Al Wajh, Amman–Queen Alia, Amsterdam, Ankara, Arar, Athens, Baghdad, Bahrain, Bangalore, Beirut, Bisha, Cairo, Casablanca, Chennai, Colombo–Bandaranaike, Dammam, Dawadmi, Delhi, Dhaka, Doha, Dubai–International, Erbil, Frankfurt, Gassim, Geneva, Guangzhou, Gurayat, Ha'il, Hofuf, Hyderabad, Islamabad, Istanbul, Jakarta–Soekarno-Hatta, Jizan, Johannesburg–O.R. Tambo, Kano, Karachi, Khartoum, Kochi, Kozhikode, Kuala Lumpur–International, Kuwait, Lahore, London–Heathrow, Los Angeles, Lucknow, Madrid, Malè, Manchester, Manila, Mauritius, Medina, Milan–Malpensa, Multan, Mumbai, Munich, Muscat, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta, Najran, New York–JFK, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Port Sudan,  Qaisumah, Rafha, Riyadh, Rome–Fiumicino, Sharm El Sheikh, Sharurah, Singapore, Tabuk, Ta'if, Tunis, Turaif, Vienna, Wadi al-Dawasir, Washington–Dulles Seasonal: Adana, Agadir, Ahmedabad, Ahwaz, Annaba, Batam, Constantine, Fes, Ghardaïa, Izmir, Kolkata, Makassar, Málaga, Marrakech, Mashhad, Medan, Oran, Rabat, Surabaya, Tabriz, Tangier  
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: Adana, Ankara, Antalya, Bursa, Denizli, Diyarbakır, Erzurum, Gaziantep, Isparta, Izmir, Kayseri, Konya, Samsun, Sivas, Trabzon, Van
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.

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