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Saudi govt announces low-cost Haj service for locals, expatriates
Thursday October 10, 2013 9:37 PM, News Network

The Haj Ministry on Tuesday announced that it has licensed 22 companies to provide low-cost Haj services to domestic pilgrims, including expatriates.

"These companies will charge SR1,900 to SR3,900. The services would cover 20 percent of domestic pilgrims", Arab News quoted the Haj Ministry as saying.

The ministry said it was encouraging Haj companies to provide low-cost services to meet the requirements of a large number of Saudis and expatriates by providing incentives such as increasing the number of pilgrims they serve.

"They are also given priority in tent allocations in Mina," a ministry official said. Moreover, they are allowed to rent 70 percent of buses from foreign companies.

The ministry stressed that the prices of low-cost Haj firms would remain within a range of SR1,900 to SR3,900 in the coming years.

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