I found uber a lot cheaper than the taxis, sometimes 50% cheaper
That's fine Waheed but please read my post carefully. Really sorry to hear what happened with you but again sadly a lot of us tend to not do our own 'homework'....
Can I just add as much as we blame other companies we should blame ourselves too.
Many time we don't do our own research before parting with money
Things to c...
1) Book flights first and foremost using skyscanner or agent asap for cheapest fares especially if you want direct flights
2) Start booking hotels ...
Depends on your budget
Oberoi/Dar Al Taqwa - first row
Dallah Taibah/Shaza Al Madinah - Second Row
Further back Al Haram Hotel etc
I booked mine online, make sure you have access to a printer before you do. You can goto the office and book there too.
They depart from Jarwal which is 5-10 minute drive from Al Haram
The two benefits of planning your own umrah are:
Lower the costs per person
You do what you want when you want ie No waiting around for the rest of the group
If I remember correctly I got a Mobily sim which came with 10gb data and unlimited data for Facebook Instagram etc for 160 riyals
Book flights off sky scanner
Hotels can be booked either directly or through sites like booking.com
Arrange visa through agent
Hail transport at the airport