Azerbaijan reduces Hajj quota for 2016
General15 February 2016, 17:01 1865
In accordance with the agreement reached with Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan has set a quota of 1,500 pilgrims for the 2016 Hajj pilgrimage, the Caucasian Muslims Office (CMO) told APA on Monday.
Currently, the prices for the Hajj pilgrimage are being specified and upon a relevant agreement, the submission of documents will begin, the CMO said.
The CMO also said that in any case, this year prices [Hajj pilgrimage] are expected to increase compared to the previous years due to the recent devaluation of manat’s rate. The pilgrimage expenses have been paid in US dollars since last year.
In 2015, as many as 2,400 Azerbaijani pilgrims left for Hajj. Three of them died and were buried in Mecca.
Last year, there were several options offered to pilgrims. One option, which offers more prestigious hotels where guests can have much more expensive meals and stay in four-bed rooms, will coast $5,750. The other, which offers relatively cheaper hotels with six-bed rooms, will coast $4,700.
The registration for Hajj pilgrimage from Azerbaijan can only be done through the CMO.
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