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Umrah operators in the UAE have recorded a massive surge in the pilgrimage ahead of Ramadan, with a nearly 65 per cent increase compared to previous months. With nearly a hundred trips by bus every week, demand for the Umrah pilgrimage is rising before and during the holy month.
“We have recorded a massive rise in the numbers of residents travelling to the holy city of Makkah for Umrah,” said Shebin Rasheed from Bait al Ateeq Haj services based in Makkah with a subsidiary office in Sharjah. The agency facilitates Umrah and the #Haj for residents in the country.
Each Umrah operator says there are nearly 50 pilgrims travelling by flight every week and many more by bus. “Over a hundred buses depart from different parts of the country to Makkah every Wednesday. Each bus can accommodate nearly 50 passengers,” said Jaffer Pulappatta, who facilitates groups for the Umrah pilgrimage.
By this calculation, over 5,000 people travel from the UAE to Makkah every week by bus. “We facilitate nearly 50 people going for Umrah every week. So there are other agencies too, and the number of people travelling this season is massive,” said Pulapatta.
Source: Khaleej times
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