Saudi Arabia cancels repeat Umrah fees for intending Muslim pilgrims

Saudi Arabia cancels repeat Umrah fees for intending Muslim pilgrims

- The payment of N194,000 Umrah fees for repeat pilgrims has been cancelled

- This was announced by King Salman, the custodian of the two holy mosques

- Repeat pilgrims in the past were required to pay additional amount

The Saudi Arabian government has issued a royal decree saying it has cancelled the 2000 SAR repeat fees for pilgrims.

This was confirmed by the National Hajj Commission on Monday, September 9, following a release credited to King Salman who is the custodian of the two holy mosques.

With the new directives, the payment of 2000 SAR Umrah fees for repeat pilgrims which is equivalent to about N194,000 has been cancelled.

Meanwhile, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) says there is no truth in a media report that a Max Air aircraft carrying over 500 pilgrims from Saudi Arabia to Nigeria crash landed at Minna International Airport on Saturday, September 7.

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The chairman of the commission, Alhaji Abdullahi Muhammad, said this from Makkah, Saudi Arabia on Sunday, September 8.

He said immediately the story filtered into the public domain, the commission conducted its findings into the purported development by getting in touch with the management of the airline concerned and interviewed some passengers that boarded the said plane.

“The result of our findings showed that there is no such thing as emergency landing or crash landing of any plane in Minna involving pilgrims being transported back to Nigeria by the commission.

“Some of the passengers we talked with on the issue even said they were hearing the purported news for the first time and that there was no such development as far as they were concerned,” Muhammad said.

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