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Hajj 2024: Pakistani cellular network offers discounted call package for Saudi Arabia

05:44 PM | 8 Jun, 2024
Hajj 2024: Pakistani cellular network offers discounted call package for Saudi Arabia

RIYADH - To facilitate Pakistani Muslim contact their loved ones in Saudi Arabia, Zong has offered a special call offer and reduced tariffs as the Hajj season begins.

In an official statement on Friday, the operator announced that Pakistanis can now subscribe to its exclusive IDD Saudi Arabia offer for just Rs2+tax per day, facilitating pulse-based calling at Rs0.70/second.

"The offer aims to enable Pakistanis to maintain connections with their loved ones either performing Hajj in 2024 or residing in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)," the telecom provider stated in a press release.

Asserting its commitment to meet customer demands, Zong pledged to expand its International Dialing portfolio with more innovative products and services. 

The offer comes as around 160,000 Pakistanis are set to land in the holy kingdom for performing the Hajj which is slated to begin from June 14th.

Regarding the total number of pilgrims from across the world, the Saudi government is gearing up to welcome around 2 million pilgrims.

For Pakistan, the government has introduced both the Short Hajj and Long Hajj packages with different rates to facilitate diverse groups of Muslims.

As far as the Long Hajj is concerned, it would encompass 38-42 days with 8 days stay in Madinah and those flying from the South region i.e. Karachi, and Sukkhur would have to pay Rs 10,65,000 while those from other cities i.e. Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, Multan, Sialkot, Faisalabad would pay Rs 10,75,000.

For Sponsorship scheme applicants, the cost is $3765 for the South Region while it is $ 3800 for the North Region for those opting for the Long Hajj package.

For the Short Hajj package, the cost for regular Hajj applicants is Rs 11,40,000 for the South region while the cost is Rs 11,50,000 for the North region; the Hajj would continue for 20-25 days under this scheme.

For the Sponsorship Scheme, the cost for Short Hajj is $ 4015 USD for the South region and $ 4050 for North region. 

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 25 June 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 25, 2024 (Tuesday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.65 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 293.5 and selling rate is 297.2 while British Pound rate is 348.5 for buying, and 351.45 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.05 and Saudi Riyal at 72.95.

Currency Rates in Pakistan

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.65
Euro EUR 293.5 297.2
UK Pound Sterling GBP 348.5 351.45
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.05 75.85
Saudi Riyal SAR 72.95 73.85
Australian Dollar AUD 182.2 184
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.58 748.58
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 39.91 40.31
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.67 36.02
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.9 1.98
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.74 916.74
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.07 59.67
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.38 172.38
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.38 26.68
Omani Riyal OMR 723.26 731.26
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.5 77.2
Singapore Dollar SGD 72.95 73.85
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 311.53 314.03
Thai Bhat THB 7.58 7.73

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