Saudi Arabia Reduces 2024 Hajj Cost for Nigeria

Saudi Arabia Reduces 2024 Hajj Cost for Nigeria
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The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, has successfully secured a reduction in the amount residents of the country will spend to perform the 2024 Hajj pilgrim.

Fatima Sanda Usara, the Deputy Director of Public Affairs, NAH ON, disclosed that the cost reduction will affect the amount Nigerian pilgrims spend on air liftings, accommodation, and Masha’ir packages.

Usara stated that the cost reduction for Nigerian pilgrims intending to perform the 2024 Hajj was sealed during a preparatory visit paid to the Saudi Arabian government by the Chairman of NAHCON, Malam Jalal Ahmad Arabi.

Usara revealed that the chairman built his plea for the price adjustment on global economic realities affecting intending pilgrims from Nigeria in the aftermath of the COVID-19 lockdown and the war in Europe.

She said for instance, the cost of accommodation in Madinah dropped from SR 2,080 (Saudi Riyals) in 2023 to SR 1,665 this year. Similarly, the cost of accommodation in Makkah was realized at SR 3000 against SR 3,500 in the previous year.

She added that pilgrims of the 2024 Hajj will pay SR 4,770 for the Masha’ir package (VAT inclusive) against SR 5,393 paid by last year’s pilgrims. For airfare, the Commission was able to beat down the cost with a $138 discount from what was paid last year.

Rising from a meeting with state pilgrims’ welfare boards’ executive secretaries and chairmen, Arabi commended them for the cooperation his leadership enjoyed during the visit.

He updated the gathering on the outcome of meetings with Mu’assasa and the plans on the ground for the coming Hajj. The Chairman promised the members transparency and inclusiveness on every matter concerning the forthcoming Hajj.

“It is noteworthy that within the period of the inspection, a total of 61 high-rise hotel buildings were inspected in Makkah and 31 in Madinah making a total of 92. Staff on the assignment verified the years of each building’s existence with preference for those with 1-10 years after construction.

“The buildings’ maintenance status and building location to the Grand Mosque, Haram were measured, where the standard was set from two kilometers down,” he stated.

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Published 2/1/2024 2:25:05 PM

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