Hajj 2024 in numbers: Annual pilgrimage draws over 1.83 mln worshipers

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More than 1.83 million pilgrims performed Hajj in 2024, Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Statistics (GASTAT) announced on Saturday as it released the breakdown of official figures for this year’s season.

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A total of 1,833,164 pilgrims performed the annual pilgrimage, 1,611,310 of whom were from outside the Kingdom with domestic pilgrims-both citizens and residents-numbered at 221,854.

The number of male pilgrims this year reached 958,137, while female pilgrims totaled 875,027, GASTAT said.

A breakdown of international pilgrims shows that 22.3 percent came from Arab countries, 63.3 percent, the largest group, from Asian non-Arab countries, 11.3 percent from African non-Arab countries, 3.2 percent from Europe, America, Australia, and other unclassified regions.

The vast majority of international pilgrims, 1,546,345, arrived by air, 60,251 through land border crossings and 4,714 by sea.

The Hajj is the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia and is one of the five pillars of Islam and must be undertaken at least once by all Muslims who are capable of doing so.

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