A History of Awarding Excellence in Hajj and Umrah

The WHUC Awarding body founded in 2011 has had the noble privilege in celebrating the best in Hajj and Umrah from across the globe. Over the past 8 years our team of dedicated researchers have evolved the WHUC Awarding Criteria to such an extent, that when the WHUC acclaims a winner, they are truly and undeniably the best of the best in their country and in their category.

This year the WHUC shall re-evaluate its entire judging process as well as extending the period of research from 3 months to 6 months. Our 150 contributing judges from across 50 Countries shall ensure the governance processes as well as research standards are un-paralleled, fair and most of all observed under the strict guidelines of the WHUC.

Visualise Our Philosophy

The WHUC advocates the enhancement, enrichment and empowerment of Pilgrims through a three tier matrix defined as Social, Commercial and Educational. At the WHUC we believe that attention of care should be extended prior to the Pilgrims’ departure, during the Pilgrimage and after the Pilgrims’ safe return.

To encourage this level of care and attention, the Hajj and Umrah fraternity is required to acknowledge and reward companies, organisations and individuals; recognising “Award Worthy Excellence” creating an atmosphere of perpetual motivation to be better and to be the best.

For the first time in Awards History, the WHUC shall also recognise the worst performing entities from each Country; identifying privileged companies unable to uphold the basic values of the Hajj and Umrah Pilgrimage code of conduct and ethics.


WHUC Excellence Awards – Saudi Arabia

The rightful home for such Prestigious Awards is Saudi Arabia; home to the two holiest cities in Islam, Makkah & Madinah and the home of the two greatest acts of worship for devout Muslims, Hajj and Umrah.

Our Awards Presentation team here in Saudi Arabia has selected the Ritz Carlton Palace in Jeddah as the host venue for the WHUC Excellence Awards 2019. The Ritz Carlton Palace luxury and attention to detail is unmatchable, a fitting destination for honoring all those that served the Hajj and Umrah Pilgrimage paying attention to details and delivering with efficacy.

WHUC Partnerships

Unearthing local knowledge, privileged information, honest feedback, capturing real time experience, evaluating genuine expectations and verifying the quality of analysis provided can only be achieved through the assistance of reputable and dedicated partners.

It is with the support of our valuable partners that we are able to gain access to such valuable research, data, insights as well as access to locations to make the necessary observations.

It is within our tradition to respect this goodwill, protecting sensitive information using it and applying it to purposes beneficial to the progress of the Hajj and Umrah sector.


WHUC Awarding the Best of the Best

The WHUC Excellence Awards platform is a prestigious honor reserved only for the absolute best. This platform shall recognise the Best in Hajj Excellence and the Best in Umrah Excellence, awarding a single winner from each Country in their respective categories.

Our review of performance extends in evaluating the performance of the Hajj and Umrah sector in its entirety and across the board. Our researchers shall gain feedback on all services provider performances that contribute to the eco-system of Hajj and Umrah.

Our Partners & Supporters

We are forever grateful to all of our partners and supporters for their contributions towards ideals representative of their own meritable values. It is our honor to work alongside organisations from within Saudi Arabia and Internationally in producing these Awards.

We are indebted to all the Government Organisations and Hajj Missions, Hajj and Umrah Associations, Hajj and Umrah Travel Agencies and Tour Operators, Chambers or Commerce, Educational Institutes, Social Welfare Organisations, Non-Governmental Organisations, Saudi Embassies, Jeddah Consulates, Technologists, Research Institutes, Partners and Assistants, Universities, the Pilgrims, the Imams, the Guides, the Volunteers;

The Saudi Organisations and the Saudi People, those responsible for facilitating and hosting the Pilgrimages, The National and Local Tawafa Offices, The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, The Custodian of the two holy Mosques, His Royal Highness King Salman bin Abdul Aziz al Saud.

And most of all, the Almighty for whom all of the above extend such exerted efforts for, in reverence and in attainting his pleasure and recognition, Allah!

Data Protection, Usage & Access Policy 

WHUC Award Categories

Welcome to an auspicious day where 150 Awards will be issued in recognition of dedication and hard of work, with over and above service to the Pilgrims and the Hajj and Umrah eco-system. The WHUC Awards aims to honour and celebrate the success of people belonging to all three Social, Commercial and Educational dimensions of Hajj and Umrah.

Hajj Excellence Awards
• Hajj Tour Operator Awards
• Hajj Industry Awards

Umrah Excellence Awards
• Umrah Tour Operator Awards
• Umrah Industry Awards

WHUC Special Recognition Awards

• Social
• Commercial
• Educational

Event Schedule

Venue Doors Open: 11:00am
WHUC Umrah Excellence Awards Ceremony: 14:00 pm
WHUC Hajj Excellence Awards Ceremony: 19:00 pm
Venue Doors Closes 11:00 pm


WHUC Awards – The Calendar

WHUC Awards Launch 24th of February 2019
Hajj & Umrah Nominations Opens 01st of March 2019
Umrah Nominations Conclude 30th of April 2019
Umrah Awards Research Commences 01st of May 2019
Umrah Awards Research Concludes 01st of November 2019
Umrah Awards Judging Stage 1 05th of November 2019
Umrah Awards Judging Final state 10th of November 2019
Hajj Nominations Concludes 30th of July 2019
Hajj Awards Research Commences 11th of August 2019
Hajj Awards Research Concludes 11th of November 2019
Hajj Awards Judging Stage 1 15th of November  2019
Hajj Awards Judging Stage 2 21st of November 2019
WHUC Awards Presentation 21st / 28th of December  2019 (Currently 30th November)