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Hajj 2024: Saudi Arabia announces arrival date of pilgrims

06:10 PM | 21 Jan, 2024
Hajj 2024: Saudi Arabia announces arrival date of pilgrims

RIYADH - The government of Saudi Arabia has announced the details regarding the upcoming Hajj as the preparations for the annual pilgrimage enter the final round.

As per the details shared by local media outlets, the issuance of Hajj visas will commence on March 1 while the arrival of pilgrims in Saudi Arabia will begin on the first day of Dhul Qaidah, corresponding to May 9.

As far as the allocation of places to the pilgrims is concerned, the government has also amended the mechanism under which no specific places would be allotted for countries at the holy sites.

As per the fresh framework, places for different countries will be designated depending on finalizing contracts.

“The country that concludes early contracts will be given the priority in taking the appropriate places in the holy places,” Gulf News quoted Saudi Ministry of Hajj Tawfiq Al Rabiah as saying.

The government of the holy kingdom is also finalizing arrangements for transporting pilgrims for which around 21,000 buses are being readied to serve pilgrims during the Hajj season.

As per a car union, the buses would transport around 2 million pilgrims this year; 65 companies have provided the buses as of now. 

The government of Saudi Arabia has finalized Hajj agreements with multiple countries including Pakistan; the Hajj is scheduled in June.

As far as Pakistan is concerned, the government has conducted balloting to select successful applicants under the government Hajj scheme. This is the first time that the government has also offered the opportunity of a Short Hajj to pilgrims which is a bit more expensive than the long Hajj.

As far as the Long Hajj is concerned, it would encompass 38-42 days with 8 days stay in Medinah 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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PKR exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 22 April 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely same against US Dollar and other currencies on April 22, 2024 Monday.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro stands at 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound hovers at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.20 and Saudi Riyal's new rate was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.5 346
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71

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