I noticed that this year, even the most expensive/'luxurious' hajj groups have a 2-3 day stay in azizia (2 days before the days of hajj and 1 day after)...i don't remember seeing this trend in the last few years. Any particular reason why or is it just cheaper? (im talking about groups from Canada/US, not sure about other countries)
Also, should this be a consideration for me if i am choosing a group - i.e. even if i manage to get a group that doesn't have a stay in azizia - will it be possible during the busiest days (2-3 days before/after the days of hajj) to even get to the haram for regular prayers?