Around 40,000 register online for low-cost Haj on first day

2015-08-21 04:57:05 | Al Muslim News
Around 40,000 register online for low-cost Haj on first day
Many applicant disappointed as huge rush slows down Haj e-portal

 

Nearly 40,000 residents in Saudi Arabia have registered at the Haj Ministry's e-gate for the low-cost Haj, just hours after the facility's website was launched, Saudi Gazette reported. . Five thousand applicants registered in just one hour.

According to the ministry's undersecretary Hussain Al-Sharif, 39,594 Saudis and expatriates registered only eight hours after it was officially launched on Sunday, while more than 18,000 pilgrims have completed their registration for the e-gate facility. He added that 130,700 has also browsed the facility's website.

The e-gate facility will put an end to fake Haj groups and will enable pilgrims to choose the company that offers the best services at the most affordable prices, the report added.
The activity was personally monitored by Haj Minister Bandar Hajjar. 

Hajjar’s deputy Hussain Al-Shareef said the objective of making the process easier for domestic pilgrims was achieved by e-registration. 

Meanwhile, King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah has reduced the time taken to complete formalities for incoming pilgrims from three hours, as was the case before, to 45 minutes.

When pilgrims enter their lounges, they are received by Health Ministry employees who familiarize them with services provided. 

Pilgrims then proceed to the passport windows to complete the formalities, and then to collect their baggage and clear customs.

Following that, the pilgrims move to their buses heading to Makkah.

.

Tags: #Middle-East #

Latest News

What to Next

asd

asd... More

asd

asd... More

5th February Kashmir Solidarity Day

Kashmir Day or Kashmir Solidarity Day is a public holiday in Pakistan on February 5 each year. It focuses on showing Pakistan’s support and unit... More

Israeli army martyrs Palestinian

A young Palestinian was martyred and another injured by the Israeli army near the occupied West Bank town of Jenin on Thursday. Meanwhile, Belgium ... More

HRW report hails resistance to Trump style populism

Activists have decried the rise of United States (US) President Donald Trump and his embrace of populist strongmen as a blow to the global campaign fo... More

52 people killed in Kazakhstan bus fire

Fifty-two people were killed on Thursday when the bus they were travelling on caught fire in Kazakhstan, the central Asian nation’s emergency se... More

British MPs approve landmark Brexit bill

British MPs gave the green light on Wednesday to a landmark Brexit bill after weeks of debate and a damaging government defeat, but the legislation no... More

Ashraf Ghani questions Pakistan anti terror fatwa

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has questioned a recent Pakistani religious ruling declaring suicide bombings un-Islamic. Speaking at a gathering in ... More

South Korea Moon seeks to normalize ties with China in first state visit

South Korean President Moon Jae-In hopes to “normalise” ties with giant neighbour China on his first state visit to the country this week,... More

Netanyahu says recognizing Jerusalem as Israel capital makes peace possible

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that recognising Jerusalem as his country's capital "makes peace possible", aft... More

88