Foreign pilgrims spent on average over $5,333 each in 2011
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Foreign pilgrims spent on average over $5,333 each in 2011

Foreign pilgrims spent on average over $5,333 each in 2011

According to a study by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Institute for Haj Studies, average spending by foreign pilgrims for their Haj in 2011 stood at SR21,622 each, Arab News has reported. The study, in which 3,546 foreign pilgrims of different nationalities participated, said 60.8% of the samples had a monthly income of between SR1,000 to SR4,900. Their maximum spending was SR24,400 and minimum SR16,000. "About 77% of the cost of Haj went for accommodation, travel, fees, and food and drink in 2011," the report said. Pilgrims had to spend the highest amount for their lodging at an average of SR5,652 for a room accounting for 26% of their total spending followed by an average of 21.7% for travel expense at SR4,706. Various Haj related fees came at the third place at SR4,455 accounting for 21% of the total.

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