Our History : About El-Sawy Travel Ltd
The first international company to arrange Hajj and Umrah trips from Britain was established on the 11th of October 1978 with an excellent reputation with the Ministry of Hajj in Saudi Arabia. We now have over 40 years of experience in arranging Hajj for pilgrims; the first Hajj trip departed London in 1981. El-Sawy Travel has the expertise to ensure that your Umrah or Hajj is performed in accordance with the Sunnah of the prophet. We have the resources to ensure peace of mind during your stay in the holy cities of Makkah & Medinah.
Mr. Hamdy El-Sawy is a qualified Egyptian Lawyer in the UK recognised by The Law Society.
Hamdy El-Sawy was born in 1944 in Cairo. He is a descendant of the famous Ahmad bin Muhammad EI-Sawy, author of the Tafsir al-Jalalayn which is an important work in Qur’anic exegesis.
Having completed a Business Diploma in 1961, Hamdy El-Sawy went on to join the National Bank of Egypt in 1962, where he worked in various departments.
In 1970 he graduated with a Law Degree from the University of Ain Shams in Cairo, and went on to obtain a postgraduate degree from the Department of Media Studies at Cairo University in 1974.
He moved to the UK in 1975, where he studied at the Institute of Bankers and undertook postgraduate studies at University College, London from where he obtained a diploma in the field of International Relations.
During this period of study, he gained work experience in hotel management and legal translation.
Throughout his career, he has actively participated in Muslim community affairs, and this motivated him in 1981 to establish El-Sawy Travel Ltd which was the first agency to organise Hajj packages from the UK.
He has traveled extensively throughout the world which has given him an excellent understanding of different cultures and traditions.
Prince Islam El-Sawy is a partner in the family run business El-Sawy Travel, the first Tour Operator from the UK offering Hajj and Umrah packages to Saudi Arabia. He is passionate about his work, where he has directed the company to receiving constant praise from their customers to winning awards and featuring in international media. He has also been instrumental in bringing much needed reforms to the Hajj and Umrah industry by being involved in the founding of an industry body to improve standards. Prince Islam has been very willing to share his vast knowledge of the Hajj and Umrah industry and his experience from leading his company in a number of other fields too, including working with and advising a number of national charities on innovative ways to enhance their work and increase their attraction to both members of the public and potential donors.