Nigeria: Saudis Spend U.S.$27 Billion On Makkah Projects

As Muslims gets set for this year's Hajj, Saudi Arabia said it has spent $27 billion on renovation in and around Makkah to facilitate a smooth exercise.

Also the Saudi government said it is now ready to receive pilgrims in the Holy Land.

Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Nigeria, Fuad Rajeh, told Daily Trust that the procedure to receive pilgrims from all over the world is ready.

The procedures include those by coordinating government agencies like customs, immigration and the police.

On the effect of reduction on Hajj slots on Saudi economy and the business community, the envoy said the country does not take Hajj and Umrah seasons as an opportunity to support its economy.

He said what Saudi Arabia spends on Hajj and Umrah is thrice what it gains from it citing an example that the project in Makkah alone cost the government $27billion.

On the issue of Maharram that led to deportation of some Nigerian female pilgrims last year, Rajeh said he has met with the executives of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) and representatives of agents to ensure that all necessary requirements are met to prevent a repeat.

He said facilities provided by the Saudis are open to all pilgrims irrespective of their nationality and are free.

Posted on : 30 Nov,-0001

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