Expected Rise in Hajj/Umrah Fees—Saudi Arab

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to increase its yearly revenues has commenced taking various measures, which includes the amount of Saudi Riyal two thousand that needs to be paid if one intends to do Umrah for the second time in a year.

The hotels, different accommodations, and related buildings would also be taxed accordingly. There are plans of opening many ziarats, which would also result in generating revenues.

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A similar kind of step had been taken previously for Hajj and Umrah done in some defined time frame, but the measure was abandoned for some time. The government of Saudi Arab are increasing the expenses incurred by pilgrims everywhere for raising its revenues.

A total of roughly fifteen million or so Muslims perform Umrah every year and approximately 2.35 million perform Hajj per year. The number of people going to perform Hajj and Umrah from Pakistan is also increasing on per year basis. This year 1.5 million Pakistanis went for Umrah.

As per the 2020 visionary plan of Saudi government the ‘national transformation programme’ once the Haram (which is under construction) would be expanded there would be a raise by thirteen percent in the count of pilgrims. And the count of people coming for Umrah would increase by thirty percent.

Hajj and Umrah are the religious rituals that every Muslim wishes to perform at least one in his/her lifetime. Raising prices even if by some percent would prove good for the Saudi government as it would bring revenues.

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