10 percent drop in Umrah pilgrims

10 percent drop in Umrah pilgrims

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Fatima Muhammad
SAUDI GAZETTE

JEDDAH — The number of Umrah pilgrims dropped this season by 10 percent compared to the same period last year, according to Abdullah Ghadi, deputy head of the National Committee for Haj and Umrah at the Makkah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI).

This season 1.8 million Umrah pilgrims have arrived so far. Last year two million Umrah pilgrims had arrived during this period.

The Ministry of Haj had set a target of 1.2 million pilgrims each month, but the average is only 800,000.

Ghadi said the countries that witnessed a drop include Indonesia, Turkey, Jordan, Morocco, Iraq, Libya and Iran. Only Egypt and Pakistan witnessed a 20 percent increase in the number of their pilgrims.

Ghadi attributed the drop to a number of factors including economic and political issues.

He said that countries that have no Saudi embassies cooperate with Saudi missions in nearby countries for visas as was the case with Iraq. Currently Libya sends its pilgrims on visas issued by Saudi missions in Tunisia.

5 COMMENTS

  1. The Airlines are making it very difficult to perform Umrah as the airfare has been increased to such a point that a family especially in western countries find it really struggling to bear that. Secondly the increase in rentals of hotels are also playing a role in reducing the numbers. I would draw the attention of the honourable Minister to look into the Airfare issue and bind the Airlines ( particularly the one based in Gulf) to Charge reasonable fare as their Umrah season fare sometimes becomes equal to 2 tickets to European destinations. They should make to understand if they want Umrah / Hajj business.

  2. Prices for the Hotel and Airlines are skyrocketing. That’s what has created drop in the market. I guess ministeres should focus on overall picture.

    Due to drop In oils, airline Margins has increased significantly but the Airfares remain the same or higher specially the Arab Airlines, Qatar, Emirates and Eithad.

  3. Plus they say umra and hajj visa is free the on the passport but they have increased it over the years and now it is about £300.00 in Ramadan from England. Not good we go there to do ibadat but it looks like they are making it into a business and aturist attraction .may Allah forgive us ameen

  4. The number of pilgrims must drop because it is because it is becoming unaffordable for the ordinary Muslim. With the prices of tickets to the Saudi Kingdom one can fly half way around the world.and with the shocking prices of the hotels.one can stay in Las Vegas.
    Haj and Umrah will only be a yearly multiple holiday trips for the Rich…

  5. NOT AT ALL SURPRISED. THE SAUDI GOVERNMENT MAYBE SPENDING BILLIONS ON DEVELOPMENT
    IN HARAM,BUT IT HAS BY NO MEANS MADE PILGRIMAGE EASIER. REASONABLY PRICED HOTELS
    IN THE VICINITY HAVE BEEN DEMOLISHED AND IF ONE LOOKS FOR CHEAP ACCOMODATION,ONE
    HAS TO STAY FAR AWAY. THIS IS DIFFICULT FOR THE ELDERLY AND DISABLED AND THE POORER
    PILGRIMS. SAUDI AIRFARES HAVE BEEN UPPED, AND EVEN THE VISA FEES ( THOUGH IT IS STATED
    TO BE GRATIS). ZAM ZAM WATER TOO IS LIMITED TO A SMALLER QUANTITY. FURTHER THE AIRPORT STAFF AND AGENTS REPRESENTATIVES ARE NOT HELPFUL AT ALL. I HAVE COMMENTED ON THIS earlier. AT THE END OF THE SEASON THE COUNTRY HAS MADE BILLIONS OF RIYALS , FROM “THE “GUESTS OF ALLAH””
    TRUE UMRAH AND HAJ IS FOR THE AFFORDABLE,BUT THEN NOT BY SAUDI MAKING AN ACT
    OF WORSHIP UN-AFFORDABLE. F E A R A L L A H. AND. T H E. D A Y !!!!!!

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