Umrah travel operators in the capital have severely decreased the weekend pilgrimage package to SR100, down from the Hajj season price of SR250. This year, the Hajj season agreed with the summer holidays and a large number of vacationers are expected to be seen with their families in the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah during the Hajj season.
A return charge from Riyadh to Makkah by comfort coach, counting accommodation in the holy city, would charge SR100 per pilgrim. Accommodation would be improved to four-star standard on an extra payment of SR50. A travel operator in the city said the weekend package to Makkah and Madinah commences at 4 p.m. from Riyadh on Thursday and finishes midnight Saturday.
Each family is provided a large room, whereas bachelors have room for on a sharing basis with three pilgrims in one room. Children under 12 obtain 50 percent off the actual price. Housing is given in a three-star hotel.
Meeqat points take in Dhul-Hulayfah, 9 km from Madinah, Juhfah, 190 km northwest of Makkah, Qarn Al-Manazil, 90 km east of Makkah, Dhat Irq, 85 km toward the northeast side of Makkah, and Yalamlam, 50 km southeast of Makkah. A senior authorized from the Ministry of Health said that it is prudent for Umrah pilgrims to get a flu shot before their departure to the holy cities. He observed that the injection service is available free of charge for people, as well as residents in hospitals and public health care centers situated throughout the Kingdom. Umrah Package rate will be decreased more at the end of December and start of January.