10 Haj, Umrah Offices Closed Down in RAK

RAS AL KHAIMAH — About 10 offices of Haj and Umrah contractors in Ras Al Khaimah have been closed down leaving the number of operating offices to five, following the drastic decline in the number of pilgrims registering for the

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Published: Sun 19 Oct 2008, 1:49 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 7:34 PM

Owners of these offices thought they would incur heavy expenditure on rents and electricity bills while the number of their clients had already declined this year.

The number of people going for Umrah and Haj has sharply come down this year because of the huge increase in fares. This
year’s Haj fares range between Dh30,000 for the UAE nationals, Dh37,000 for the expatriates and between Dh70,000- and Dh120, 000 for the VIPs.

Last year, the Haj cost was Dh5,500 for those who travelled by air and Dh3,000 for travel by land.

Owners of Haj offices in RAK have attributed the increase in the Haj fares to the increased costs in transportation and high hotel rates in Saud Arabia.

The UAE is now allowed to send only 6,228 people, both nationals and residents, for Haj this year compared to 17,000 people who performed Haj from here last year, according to the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Auqaf.

Sources said that Saud Arabia had reduced the quota of pilgrims from different countries saying that some expansion work was in progress at the
Grand Mosque in the holy city of Makkah.

Some residents have called on the UAE General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Auqaf to talk to their counterparts in Saud Arabia to increase the number of pilgrims from the UAE.


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