government completed a 2.4 billion Saudi riyal project to accommodate
pilgrims in Mina during the Haj (pilgrimage) season in fire-resistant
tents. The project include 40,000 tents, accommodating 320,000
pilgrims in five compounds. The government fixed different charges for
each compound on the basis of how far each compound are from the stone
Charges for the first compound are 7,500 riyals, the second compound
6,250 riyals, third compound 5,000 riyals, the fourth compound 3,750
riyals and the fifth compound 2,500 riyals.
These charges are expected to increase the cost of pilgrimage this
year, Haj companies officials said . They ruled out that these charges
will cut the number of pilgrims this season which totaled 2.1 million
pilgrims last year. However, Haj company sources think that the
charges will decrease the number of pilgrims from Bangladesh,
Indonesia, Pakistan, India and Iran.