The success of this year’s ‘low-cost Haj’ project has encouraged the Ministry of Haj to expand the project in the future. The ‘low-cost Haj’ project seeks to provide domestic pilgrims with suitable Haj services at reasonable costs to combat spiralling costs.
The manager of the domestic pilgrims affairs at the Ministry of Haj, Fayez Al-Barakati, said that companies offering ‘low-cost Haj’ will be granted additional incentives. Such incentives will include an increase in the number of allocated pilgrims next year, and larger camp areas in the holy sites.
This year, 23 companies had participated in offering the low-cost Haj program, which served around 19,000 domestic pilgrims. The ministry has already received 6 applications from new companies for next year.
Badr Al-Qurashi, an investor in the Haj sector, said that low-cost Haj is required to defeat the high cost of Haj, however, the program is in need of more considerations to overcome some of its shortcomings.
These studies have recommended a low-cost Haj program, which was adopted by the Ministry of Haj, and has achieved very good results.