ISLAMABAD: Saudi Haj Minister Bandar Hajjar,has said the ministry will reduce occupancy rates of camps at the holy places from 85 percent to 75 percent with the aim to reduce the cost of the pilgrimage.
Hajjar revealed that the ministry is considering the re-evaluation of Haj companies and allowing them to reduce the number of their branches.
This, according to the ministry, will suit the pilgrims they will serve. The ministry also defined the prices of camps on a priority basis starting from SR 5,000 for the most favored locations to as low as SR 2,500.
Meanwhile, Hatem Qadi, ministry’s spokesman, confirmed that the low cost Haj procedures have been completed with 20,500 bookings, before the end of the 48-hour extension.
He said the low cost Haj accommodates around 41,000 pilgrims and the duties are shared between the ministry and Haj establishments.