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Ministry of Hajj: new draft law for domestic pilgrims

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has accomplished a new draft law governing the affairs of domestic Hajj pilgrims.

According to the provisions of the law, a maximum fine of SR500000 will be on violators of the regulations.

The draft law restricts the service provider from concluding Hajj service contract with those wishing to perform Hajj from outside the Kingdom or providing service to them without the approval of the ministry.

The law, which consists of 23 articles, aims at organizing and structuring the services provided to domestic pilgrims to enable them to perform their rituals with ease and comfort.

It also seeks to improve the level of competencies of those who are engaged in serving domestic pilgrims. Moreover, it contributes to following up on the performance of service providers.

According to the law, the service provider must conclude a contract approved by the ministry. The contract shall indicate the standard levels of service, duration of time for the provision of service, prices for each level, services provided under each service level, service provider data, and the contracting mechanism between pilgrims and the service provider.

The service provider shall render the level of services agreed upon with the pilgrim and that is following the qualitative and quantitative classifications approved by the ministry.

According to the ministry, the regulations will specify details such as the mechanism to give exemption to the service provider from contracting through the electronic platform and the conditions required for it.

The violations of the law include enabling others to use the license granted to one service provider or to sell, rent or subcontract it without obtaining the approval of the ministry or contracting with any pilgrim from outside the platform.

There are some exemptions for this and these include the cases and the mechanism specified by the executive regulations as stated in paragraph 2 of article 6 and contracting with violators of the residency permit (iqama) law.

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