Riyadh: Saudi Arabia enhanced Hajj and Umrah fees effective from today. Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia who is the chairman of Ministerial Council decided to enhance Hajj and Umrah fees for those who are visiting Saudi Arabia for the second time for pilgrimage purpose. Umrah fees for two months will be SR.200 and for three months it will be SR. 300. It is understood that Saudi Arab was forced to enhance fees since it is facing deficit on account of decline in petrol prices.
It may be noted that in February this year, Petrol price was reduced to $26 per barrel. By generating more funds through collection of Hajj and Umrah fees, Govt. of Saudi Arab is making an attempt to avoid deficit budget.