Officials welcome Pakistani Hajis



Jeddah: Fouzia Khan

Published — Tuesday 10 September 2013

Last update 10 September 2013 4:26 am

| نسخة PDF Print News | A A

Pakistan Ambassador Mohammed Naeem Khan and Consul General Aftab Khokhar welcomed the first group of 369 Haj pilgrims from Pakistan, who arrived at King Abdulaziz International Airport on a Shaheen Airlines flight on Monday.
Pilgrims from all over Pakistan would be arriving in groups in Saudi Arabia for Haj.
Under an agreement between the two countries, Shaheen Airlines will operate 76 flights to fly in 20,500 pilgrims, of whom 14,000 are under government schemes and 6,500 under private tour operators.
A total of 143,368 Pakistani pilgrims will perform Haj this year, with Pakistan International Airline (PIA) accounting for 169 flights carrying around 67,000 pilgrims and Saudi Arabian Airlines transporting the remaining 55,868 pilgrims. There are 85,696 pilgrims performing Haj under the government scheme this year and the remaining 57,672 under 730 Haj group organizers.
This year, the Pakistan Haj mission hired 1,000 Haj servants (known in Arabic as “khudam al hujaj”) from Pakistan, besides hiring about 700 Haj servants locally to assist pilgrims.
The Haj committee rented 126 buildings to accommodate the pilgrims. The accommodation facilities have been divided into three categories depending on their distance from the Grand Mosque. The blue category will house 2,870 pilgrims and is 900 meters from the Haram, while the green category, located at a distance of two km, will lodge 7,000 pilgrims. White-category accommodation, located at a distance of 8 km, will house 77,000 pilgrims.
The Haj committee has also arranged special bus shuttle services for pilgrims. In addition, they will also depute officials to ensure that no violations are committed. There will be complaint boxes in which letters can be dropped by pilgrims for redress.
Pakistani government scheme pilgrims will be able to use the Mashair train and sacrificial vouchers are also being procured for them from the IDB.
Syed Akif, Haj director-general at the Pakistan mission, said Pakistani pilgrims who had been charged for accommodation at actual rates, would be given a partial refund.
The actual rate this year varies from SR2,100 to SR3,700 for white-category buildings, with the average lodging costing SR2,842 (inclusive of transport). In Madinah, the rate of accommodation is fixed at SR500 per day for a stay of eight days and accommodation has been arranged by 10 accommodation groups.
The Haj Mission established a Haj control headquarters in the Azizia district in Makkah, which will be supervised by Wajid Zia, director of Haj servants, and Syed Akif.


There will be different cells in the headquarters to assist pilgrims during Haj. The Pakistan Haj mission has divided 126 buildings into nine sectors and there will be a medical dispensary in each sector, while the main hospital has been set up at the headquarters.
A 50-bed hospital will be available at the central headquarters with medical facilities, including an operation theater, OPD, X-ray center and ECG to tend to pilgrims’ health concerns.
Helplines on 8001166622, 009124235880135 and 080077000 have been established for complaints.

What's happening around Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Demand for housemaids is so high in the holy month that illegal domestics, working in violation of residence and labor laws, can easily draw a salary of SR3,000 during Ramadan.Due to difficulties in the recruitment process, Saudis are left wi...
JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has condemned the terror attack on several military checkpoints in Egypt’s North Sinai and expressed his condolences to President Abdel Fattah El-Sissi, SPA reported. In a cable to El-Sissi, the k...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman prays inside the historic Quba Mosque in Madinah. The king was accompanied by Prince Muqrin, Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, head of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques and Prince Sultan bin Salman, ch...
JEDDAH: Shop rentals at certain malls have risen by 200 percent, with this cost likely to be passed on to the consumer, the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) said here recently. Muhammad Al-Shehri, chairman of the JCCI’s textiles and gar...
JEDDAH: People with special needs can now visit a park that has dedicated services for them.Jeddah Mayor Hani Abu Ras opened Al-Erada Park in Al-Salama district on Prince Sultan Street on Thursday.“The Kingdom provides special care for people with di...
JEDDAH: Is involvement in social media the right thing or wrong, particularly in the month of Ramadan? There is a difference of opinion with some arguing that it eats into the time that should be spent praying while some backing it for its religious...
RIYADH: The Argentine government has thanked the Kingdom for previously hosting its Umrah pilgrims for free.“They were part of a group invited by then Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah,” said Ambassador Jaime Sergio Cerda on Thursday.“T...
RIYADH: The Ministry of Education’s counseling department has approved the Rifq Program for the physical and psychological well-being of students.Nabil Mohammad Al-Budair, director of counseling for boys, said the program aims to reduce violence in p...
RIYADH: Sales of fireworks at public markets and main roads in Riyadh have increased during Ramadan, despite the Ministry of Commerce and Industry announcing a SR5,000 reward for anyone providing information about warehouses storing these dangerous i...
RIYADH: The General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI) has reported that there were 69,241 work-related accidents in 2014, with expatriates making up 65,509 or 94.6 percent and Saudis 3,732.The accidents were in nine sectors with building and c...
JEDDAH: The Health Ministry’s expenditures over the past five years increased from SR29.29 billion to SR53.73 billion, an increase of about 83 percent.According to a study detailing the ministry’s expenditures between 2008 and 2012 issued by the mini...
RIYADH: Five people from the southern Indian state of Kerala were killed in a road accident at Salwa near Dammam in the Eastern Province early Thursday morning.Manoj Kumar, community welfare attache at the Indian Embassy, told Arab News that the vict...
MAKKAH: The government has deployed eight helicopters over Makkah to track the movement of vehicles and people, and assist in security tasks and medical evacuations.Maj. Gen. Mohammad Al-Harbi, commander of the Interior Ministry’s aviation security d...
JAZAN: A Yemeni woman (A.M.) has once again experienced freedom and a renewed sense of hope in life after reuniting with her family last week on her release from Jazan General Prison, where she spent six years on charges of murder of a citizen in the...
RIYADH: A delegation from the Kingdom recently visited the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to explore that country’s successful experience in tourism, in a bid to further develop the sector. Saudi Arabia has been making all-out efforts to promote tourism,...

Stay Connected

Facebook