A number of expatriates planning to go for Haj this year will be hit hard by a sharp rise in Haj tariffs that was announced by the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, yesterday.
The fares for pilgrims travelling by road (Category C) has been raised by more than 30 per cent compared to last year.
Those travelling by air (Category A) will also have to pay more this time, with a hike in the tariffs by about six percent, compared to last year.
Tariffs for C category has been hiked from QR9,200 to QR12,000 with trips to Makkah and Madina. Those opting not to travel to Madina will have to pay QR10,000, against QR8,120 charged last year.
Most expatriates normally prefer to travel by road due to the relatively low fares, but many of them would find the new hike unaffordable.