Haj rates cannot exceed SR11,890, rules ministry

Updated 11 August 2015
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Haj rates cannot exceed SR11,890, rules ministry

RIYADH: The minimum cost of Haj this year will be SR3,000 and the maximum will be SR11,890, Haj Minister Bandar Hajjar was quoted as saying by a local daily on Sunday.

The pilgrimage charges have been divided into various categories such as low, medium, top and supreme.
The cost for the top category will be SR8,146, SR8,084, SR8,021, SR7,896, SR7,546 and SR7,771, while medium category is at SR7,895, SR7,833, SR7,770, SR7,645, SR7,520 and SR7295. The prices in another category are SR6,493, SR6,431, SR6,368, SR6,118, SR5,893. The cost in the supreme category is SR11,890 maximum.
Charges for the low cost Haj are SR5,250, SR5,050, SR4,650, SR4,400, SR4,150, SR3,250 and the rates for non-comprehensive program are SR5,000, SR 4,000, SR3,900 and SR3,000, the minister said. Facilities like accommodation and transport will vary according to the categories, he said, adding that pilgrims will get additional services on the condition that the same are not at the cost of the space provided at the holy sites, especially Mina.
The launch of the electronic facility for domestic pilgrims this year will give citizens and residents a chance to choose the right service provider and program. The electronic system will ensure that citizens and residents reach licensed Haj facilities only, in addition to controlling the rates and and enable pilgrims to perform Haj in a systematic way.
The ministry aims to provide quality services at reasonable prices, protect the rights of citizens and residents and prevent fake Haj tour agents from duping those who desire to perform the pilgrimage.
The activities will be directly supervised by the Haj Ministry to ensure there is no violation of the rules and regulations and to achieve high level of transparency in the services.


Saudi official reveals new details about Khashoggi case to Reuters

Updated 21 October 2018
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Saudi official reveals new details about Khashoggi case to Reuters

  • Saudi official told Reuters that journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death was a result of a mistake from the negotiation team
  • The confusion of the negotiation team led them to cover up on the incident, the official told Reuters

DUBAI: The instructions of the head of the Khashoggi mission were based on a previous directive to negotiate the return of members of opposition, a Saudi official told Reuters in a report published on Sunday.

The source said that the primary reports on the mission were not accurate so they had to investigate further, and that journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death was a result of a mistake from the negotiation team.

The confusion of the negotiation team led them to cover up on the incident, the official told Reuters.

The previous negotiation directive did not require the person in charge to obtain approvals from leadership, the official added.

According to the Saudi official’s reports to Reuters, primary findings showed that the death was a result of choking during at attempt to stop Khashoggi from raising his voice.

The negotiation team disobeyed orders, abused their authority and used violence, and there are 18 suspects in the Khashoggi case and they are currently detained pending an investigation, according to the official.

(Developing)