OVER 450,000 IN SAUDI ARABIA APPLY FOR HAJJ 2021

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Tue 15 June 2021:

More than 450,000 people have registered for the upcoming Hajj, according to Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, within 24 hours of the registration platform opening.

Around 60 per cent of applicants are males and the rest females.

“The digital path received more than 450,000 applications to perform Hajj, including residents and nationals, within the first 24 hours of opening registration,” the ministry said in an infographic on Tuesday.

According to the announcement, 60 percent of the applicants were males while 40 percent were females.

 

Three Hajj packages have been announced by the ministry. The first category costs 12,113 riyals; the second is priced at 14,381 riyals and the third — and most expensive — costs 16,560 riyals before taxes.

For the first time ever, Saudi Arabia has allowed women to register for the annual pilgrimage without a male guardian.

The Kingdom will limit this year’s Hajj pilgrimage to 60,000 residents and nationals living in the Kingdom due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic

“The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah confirms that the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia always prioritizes the safety, health and security of pilgrims,” the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The Hajj pilgrimage this year is expected to begin mid-July. The link to register can be accessed here: localhaj.haj.gov.sa

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