Charity helps realise Umrah dream of a hundred

Dar Al Ber Society’s annual initiative aimed at people who would otherwise find it hard to afford the pilgrimage on their own

Dubai: Dar Al Ber Society, a Dubai-based charity, has organised an Umrah trip for 100 people who cannot afford to pay for the trip.


Two buses carrying the pilgrims last week left for Saudi Arabia from the organisation’s head office on Shaikh Zayed Road in Dubai.

The Umrah trip is part of a number of initiatives of Dar Al Ber Society, which has been sending people on complimentary Umrah trips every year.

Umrah is a voluntary religious pilgrimage to Makkah that can be performed any time of the year.

Under the initiative aimed at low-income people, Dar Al Ber Society bears all of the costs of the trip, including buses, hotel stay, food and visa, besides other expenses.

During the see-off ceremony, Dar Al Ber Society hosted a lunch and an interactive session for the people going on Umrah. They were also given gift bags containing the Quran and utility items like ahram (pilgrims’ attire) and toiletries among others.

The entire trip is nine days long, with four days stay in Makkah, three days stay in Madinah, and two days of travelling.

“Dar Al Ber Society had started this initiative in the year 2014 and, so far, over 1,700 people have performed Umrah under the initiative,” said Hesham Al Zahrani, deputy director of social sector at Dar Al Ber Society.

“The cost of the trip for each person is around Dh1,500. So, if any person or company would like to contribute to the initiative, they can contact us at Dar Al Ber Society.”

The scene at the time of the departure of the buses was very emotional as many people could not believe that their dream of performing Umrah was finally coming true, the organisation said in a statement.

Mohammad Bashir, a watchman who was among the pilgrims, said: “I had been trying to go for Umrah for the past five years, but it was impossible for me because I could not afford it. I am grateful to Dar Al Ber Society for helping make my lifelong dream come true.”

Juhi Yasmeen Khan, CSR and charity initiatives expert at Dar Al Ber Society, observed: “I am very fortunate and blessed to be working with Dar Al Ber Society where I am a part of the team that helps people’s dream come true.”

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