Umrah firms are asking for an increased quota of pilgrims while the season of Ramadan from half of the million to 1 million, to recover the last year’s losses caused during the expansion of Masjid-e-Haram.
It was one of the four recommendations which were approved by the National Hajj and Umrah Committee at its annual meeting held few weeks back. The deputy chairman of the committee, Abdullah bin Omar Qadi, said in an interview that the proposals would be forwarded off to the Hajj Ministry. They demanded that the number of pilgrims during Ramadan season be increased to one million as of the reason the parts of the Mataf expansion area are operational now.
It would be fine to limit the number of Umrah pilgrims to 500,000 in the months of Rajab and Shabaan, but there needs to be more pilgrims allowed during Ramadan season. As a lot of Muslims, wish to do Umrah during the holy month. Qadi also said that another proposal requests an extension in the period for providing Umrah visas, from the final day of Shabaan to 20th of Ramadan. He said the 05 additional days would see an approximate 50,000 to 70,000 pilgrims entering into the country.
The third suggestion recommended the ministry to be flexible with its requirement that all Umrah pilgrims should be listed in its database. He said it is troublesome in certain cases, especially in those cases when pilgrims only receive their visas a day before their departure.