Spending by hajj pilgrims down 31% as Saudi limits quotas

Spending during this year’s hajj season fell 31 percent compared to 2012. (Reuters)

Spending during this year’s hajj season fell by 31 percent compared with 2012 as Saudi Arabia lowered pilgrim quotas, reported the Aleqtisadiah newspaper.

Pilgrims spent around 18 billion Saudi riyals across all sectors, compared to around 26bn riyals during hajj 2012, the newspaper said.

Around 1.98 million pilgrims performed hajj this year, a 37.3 percent drop compared to last year.

A breakdown of the overall percentage recorded a 21 percent drop in the number of foreign pilgrims, and a 57 percent drop in pilgrims from within Saudi Arabia, according to figures from the local Department of Statistics.

Saudi Arabia cut quotas for pilgrims this year due to construction work in the Grand Mosque in Makkah and because of fears over the MERS coronavirus.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:41 - GMT 06:41