70,000 Jordanian pilgrims have performed Umrah since July

Authorities in the ministry responsible for coordinating foreign pilgrims will from Monday begin "gradually receiving Umrah requests from various countries of the world," the Saudi Press Agency report
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MECCA – On Saturday, Al-Ghad reported that approximately 70,000 Jordanian pilgrims have participated in Umrah since the start of its season in late July 2023 until now.اضافة اعلان

Belal Rubin, a representative of Hajj and Umrah companies and a member of the Jordan Society of Tourism and Travel Agents (JSTA), highlighted the subdued demand for Umrah trips among citizens compared to previous years. Despite expectations of heightened interest as the holy month of Ramadan approaches, the actual demand has been weaker than anticipated. This trend is attributed to ongoing regional events, including the Israeli war on Gaza, coupled with the lack of school and university vacations during Ramadan.

Concerning the cost of Umrah trips, Rubin noted that an 11-day overland Umrah trip amounts to approximately JD210 per person in a quadruple room. This fee covers accommodations in Medina and Mecca, visa expenses, and transportation. On the other hand, Umrah air trips are priced at JD375 per person, covering a week of stay in both cities.

Looking ahead to this year's Hajj season, Rubin underscored the elevated costs, which deviate from previous years' norms. The expense for overland Hajj has surged to around JD3,250. He advocated for the involvement of Hajj and Umrah companies in monitoring activities at the Arafat and Mina camps.

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