Saudi Hajj firms struggle to pay for power meters

Electricity meters were reportedly paid for by camp leasers previously, with pilgrimage firms footing consumption costs

Hajj companies in Saudi Arabia are reportedly struggling to pay for electricity meters in Makkah's Mina neighbourhood. 

Typically, parties that lease camps for the annual pilgrimage paid for the installation of meters during the Hajj season, while pilgrimage firms covered the cost of electricity consumption. 

However, Hajj companies will now have to bear meter installation costs as well, local daily Arab News reported. 

According to the newspaper, Jamal Shaqdar, secretary-general of the Coordination Council for Domestic Hajj Service Firms, said that domestic pilgrimage companies have been "facing a crisis" since they were told to bear these costs. 

Up to 90 employees of domestic Hajj firms and organisations attended a workshop last week on rising temperatures in the kingdom.

Attendees discussed measures to avoid the negative effects of intense summer heat during Hajj, the report added.

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