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    #16
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    Anyone here used the Sightseeing bus in Madinah ? Is a must do or must miss ?

    Also anyone have an idea when the train connecting Makkah to Madinah will start ?

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      #17
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      Salaam

      I read this on an agents FB Page

      The first transfer from the airport to your hotel of stay must be booked through an approved Ministry of Hajj agent.
      Does this mean you can no longer grab a taxi?

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        #18
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        Originally posted by you5uf View Post
        Salaam

        I read this on an agents FB Page



        Does this mean you can no longer grab a taxi?
        Can you send me the link to that please.

        And, no, you can still get your own transport until the proposed "naqaba" policy kicks in.

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          #19
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          Originally posted by Ismail Simjee View Post
          Can you send me the link to that please.

          And, no, you can still get your own transport until the proposed "naqaba" policy kicks in.
          It was actually an email from Al-Hidaayah Travel. If you PM me your email address, i'll fwd

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            #20
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            Originally posted by Deenie Man View Post
            Anyone here used the Sightseeing bus in Madinah ? Is a must do or must miss ?

            Also anyone have an idea when the train connecting Makkah to Madinah will start ?
            http://www.arabnews.com/node/1172891/saudi-arabia

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              #21
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              When they say Q1 I hope they mean before March

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                #22
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                Forgive me if I'm mistaken, but I presume you are talking here about Umrah 1439, not 1438. I.E Umrah season spanning across end of 2017 until Ramadhan 2018. Just to avoid confusion, can you please clarify. Jazakallah Khair.

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                  #23
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                  Originally posted by shoaibd View Post
                  Jazakallah Khayr
                  Shoaib bhai,
                  That was true when answered then.

                  Yesterday's news is if you went last year for Umrah (1438) and want to go this year (1439), then there is a SR 2000 repeater fee to pay.

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                    #24
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                    Originally posted by Ismail Simjee View Post
                    The government simply issued a directive without clarifications and charges. As umra visits are not subjected to the way Haj visits are, I can only speculate that it is an additional cost to be forked out by pilgrims who may than have the prerogative to still choose private means of transfer instead of exercising their right to ride on the coaches paid for already.
                    anyupdate on this?
                    I am looking to determine my transportation options from Jeddah airport (Saudi Airlines terminal) to Makkah Millennium Tower hotels.

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                      #25
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                      Originally posted by lazy View Post
                      anyupdate on this?
                      I am looking to determine my transportation options from Jeddah airport (Saudi Airlines terminal) to Makkah Millennium Tower hotels.
                      Thankfully, not implemented as yet.

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                        #26
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                        I have heard something about biometric registration for hajj and umrah visas in Pakistan from 30/10. Is there any truth in it and would it be also implemented for UK? Coming to London for biometric would be a pain for people living up north .

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                          #27
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                          Finger printing and Iris image capture has been on the card a long time now. It was tested in Germany already and is in use in Italy currently. Given the low volume of pilgrimage traffic, The Saudis are using Milan and Rome for that whcih, though cumbersome, is sufficient.
                          It is coming this way folks and is not a matter of "IF" but rather "WHEN". Its a shared view of some of us in this trade to believe we will have at least 3 centres, if not four, for UK where the pilgrims will have to physically travel and get the process done.

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                            #28
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                            It is now proving increasingly difficult to perform pilgrimage to Harmain. First the escalating price, then the 2000 riyal ‘fine’ for repeaters, then the new rules for transportation in Saudi and now the requirement to physically visit counsaltes to get visa are sufficient to put many people off. The Vision 2030 programme persued by the crown prince is clearly now turning into nightmare 2030!

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                              #29
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                              Sorry to correct you Dr Rameez, but only authorised agents are allowed to visit the consulates. If you are referring to the finger printing process than that will not be handled by the consulate. It will be private specialists contracted by the Saudi consulate.

                              In UK, I think there will be centres in London and Manchester definitely with possibility of having one in Birmingham and in Glasgow or Edinburgh.

                              And it is not a "fine" for repeaters. Its simply a hefty visa fee for repeaters.

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                                #30
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                                its a levy.

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