Low-cost Haj service to cost SR1,900

Updated 08 November 2013
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Low-cost Haj service to cost SR1,900

The Haj Ministry announced on Tuesday 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,” it said, adding that such services would cover 20 percent of domestic pilgrims.
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.

Zamzam water
The King Abdullah Zamzam Water Project has made arrangements to supply water bottles among pilgrims during this Haj season, said a senior official of the National Water Company.
“The project, which is located in Makkah, has produced 55 million bottles of water since it was launched in September 2010,” he said.
“We increase the plant’s production by 50 percent during the Haj season,” the official said.
He said the company has made arrangements to supply Zamzam water bottles at airports for distribution among pilgrims when they return home.
The official also disclosed plans to sell Zamzam water bottles at the project’s sales outlets. The project extends its services to 6,000 customers daily by supplying an average of 50,000 bottles. The project was implemented upon directives issued by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah at a cost of SR700 million. It has four production lines with a total capacity of 200,000 bottles daily.

Health services
Government hospitals in Makkah and Madinah have carried out 42 heart operations, an open heart surgery, nine abdominal operations and 316 dialysis sessions on pilgrims from Sept. 7, the Health Ministry reported on Tuesday. “As many as 158,929 pilgrims visited government hospitals and health centers in the two holy cities during this period and were given various medical services,” it said.


Saudi Arabia's KSRelief distributes assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon

KSRelief distributed assistance to Syrian refugees. (SPA/file)
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Saudi Arabia's KSRelief distributes assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon

  • KSRelief seeks to ensure that the living conditions of Syrian refugees are in accordance with international specifications
  • The center also distributed 3,500 cartons of dates in the villages of Izzala Al-Jumah in Yemen

JEDDAH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) distributed humanitarian aid including birth kits, personal bags and baby blankets to Syrian female refugees staying in Osman Hospital and Central Hospital in Kattermaya, Kharoub province of Lebanon on Friday.

This distribution is within the framework of the assistance provided by the center for displaced Syrians and refugees in neighboring countries. 

KSRelief seeks to ensure that the living conditions of Syrian refugees are in accordance with international specifications through various relief programs. 

Earlier, winter blankets, jackets, jumpers, hats and other items were distributed to meet the basic needs of refugee families.

The center also distributed 3,500 cartons of dates in the villages of Izzala Al-Jumah in Al-Mukha directorate in Taiz governorate, benefiting 21,000 people.

In addition, 36 trucks with 469,483 kg of relief, shelter and medicines crossed Al-Wadiaa border on Thursday evening as part of the KSRelief plan to help Yemenis.

Of this total, 26 trucks with 500 food baskets, weighing 375 tons, in addition to 43,173 kg of shelter items, will be heading to Maareb province, and ten trucks carrying 42,221 kg of shelter items and 9.89 tons of medications will go to Aden.

On Thursday, the Bahraini Royal Charity Foundation and the Khalifa bin Zayed Foundation for Humanitarian Affairs signed an MoU for the establishment of the Bahrain Health Center in Aden, Yemen, at a cost of $2 million, in the presence of Ahmed bin Ali Al-Bayez, assistant general supervisor of operations and programs at KSRelief, and a number of officials. SPA, Jeddah