The hadj ritual begins today in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The opportunity to review 3 key figures from this 2019 hajj.
This is the total number of pilgrims who will visit Mecca during this hajj 2019. This is about 100,000 more people than during the 2018 hajj and its 2.4 million pilgrims. The record attendance for this ritual, one of the five pillars of Islam, dates back to 2012. At that time, 3.2 million pilgrims had flocked to the Holy City.
— Danyal Gilani (@DanyalGilani) August 9, 2019
Of the 2.5 million pilgrims, 1.8 million are non-resident foreigners in Saudi Arabia. They come from all over the world, mainly from the Muslim world. The figures for 2019 are not yet known, but the largest contingents usually come from Indonesia, India, and Pakistan. Of the 1.8 million pilgrims, 1.7 million arrived by air, 95,634 by land and 17,250 by sea, according to border authorities.
As the number of pilgrims benefiting from the Mecca Route initiative, set up by the Saudi authorities. Designed to facilitate the hajj experience, it allows pilgrims to follow Saudi health, visa and immigration procedures in their country of origin, with transport to Mecca and Medina for beneficiaries and their luggage upon arrival in the kingdom. This year, the process was opened to citizens of Tunisia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.