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Saudis complete tent city for pilgrims
Feb 8th, 2001
The Saudi 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 throwing area.

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.
Source: The Gulf News 

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