Umrah pilgrims visiting Saudi Arabia number 4.5m so far this year

The Ministry of Hajj reported the number of pilgrims this season has reached over 4.5 million. (File photo: Reuters)

The Ministry of Hajj reported the number of pilgrims this season has reached over 4.5 million.

Deputy Minister of Hajj Essa Ruwas said the ministry issued 5.4 million Umrah visas this season.

He said: “A total of 3.2 million pilgrims landed in King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah and 1 million pilgrims landed in Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Airport in Madinah.

“The rest of the pilgrims landed in different airports in the Kingdom.”

He added the ministry would also monitor all entrances to Makkah to ensure all pilgrims have a permit.

He said: “We have translators speaking multiple languages to ensure the language barrier does not impede pilgrims in getting a permit.

“The ministry will apply strict penalties against any intruders to Makkah and the Grand Mosque as well as pilgrims without a permit.”

Secretary of the Higher Committee for the Transportation of Pilgrims, Salah Sagar, said his organization planned to provide transportation for 25 million pilgrims to and from the Grand Mosque.

He said: “We have 6 million vehicles dedicated to transporting pilgrims.

“They include buses, taxis and other means of transportation. This will reduce congestion in the central area of the mosque.”

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:44 - GMT 06:44
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