The first batch of Maldivian Hajj pilgrims who will embark of the holy pilgrimage this year have departed for Saudi Arabia.
Total 2,000 Maldivians will embark on the holy pilgrimage this year.
The first batch to depart for Saudi Arabia were 84 pilgrims under the charge of Zaee Group.
The pilgrims were seen off at the airport by Vice President Faisal Naseem and Islamic Minister Dr. Ahmed Zahir this Sunday.
Pilgrims will be embarking on the Hajj pilgrimage under the charge of Zaee Group, Maldives Hajj Corporation, Thazkiya Group, Al-Haramain Hajj and Umrah Group, Mina Hajj and Umrah Group, and Acro Hajj and Umrah Group.
The government has made arrangements for free bus transport for pilgrims, and their family and loved ones who wish to see them off at the airport.
Hajj Day falls on Saturday, August 10 this year.