In the last ten days of Ramadan, the prices of hotel rooms in Mecca increased significantly which resulted in unhappiness of travel agencies and pilgrims. During this short period of time, a typical room offering a view of the Kabaa ranged between SR 15,000 ($4,000) to SR 20,000 ($5,332) per night.
According to reports, a large proportion of these rooms were sold by companies from outside of Saudi Arabia. These foreign companies usually sign lease contracts with seasonal hotels in Mecca and Medina then resell them at exorbitant prices of up to ten times more than the regular price.
“There is a lack control by the competent authorities which allows hoteliers to increase their rates. Actually this is not the real face of Saudi Arabia and in fact its contrary to the reality of the kingdom.” Walid Ibrahim Subaie, head of the travel agencies and tourism committee at the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce, said.