Haj rates cannot exceed SR11,890, rules ministry

Updated 11 August 2015

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.

FaceOf: Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi, president of the General Authority for Statistics 

Updated 22 August 2018

FaceOf: Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi, president of the General Authority for Statistics 

Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi has been the president of the General Authority for Statistics (GASTAT) since his appointment to the post in May 2016.

On Monday GASTAT announced this year’s Hajj statistics, revealing detailed information on the number of pilgrims (which amounted to 2,371,675) performing Hajj this year, their genders, nationalities and whether they arrived through air, land or seaports.

The president conveyed his gratitude to all government and security entities that helped the authority to collect data, and praised the 450 GASTAT researchers who worked to compile the information and deliver it to the public.

He said that the collected data would help facilitate better experiences and easier pilgrimages for future programs, and better services for pilgrims — from social to health, and transportation to security and food.

Altekhaifi received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from King Saud University in 1992, a master’s degree in statistics from Colorado State University in 1996, and his applied statistics and research methodology Ph.D. from the University of Northern Colorado in 2001.

He worked as a manager of a financial program at the Institute of Public Administration in Riyadh from 1993 to 2005. For two years after that, he was a project director at the EIS department in Zuhair Fayez Partnership Consultants.

In 2007, Altekhaifi was appointed a manager of the research department at the Capital Market Authority, before becoming assistant deputy minister for development in November 2011. 

In June 2015, he was the director general of the Central Department of Statistics and Information. He served as the acting president of GASTAT in February 2016, before being appointed president on May 2016.