The huge, iconic Jamaraat bridge appeared empty to pilgrims on the first day of Eid Al-Adha, a far cry from the previous year when a stampede broke out. The noticeably change was a success for the Saudi authorities who sought an incident free hajj season this year. It is unclear whether the noticeable lack of chaos on the bridge was more because of the 30% decrease in pilgrims this year or because of better organization from authorities.
Saudi responds to hajj chaos
The lessons learned from 2013 Hajj should be used to revisit some facts in our cities. Do Jeddah or Riyadh really need one million expat workers which represent more than half their inhabitants? The answer is, of course they don’t.Jamal Khashoggi
In response to the previous year’s overcrowding and stampedes, Saudi forbade unlicensed pilgrims this year which decreased the number of pilgrims, causing internal pilgrims to be reduced by more than half (600,718) external pilgrims reduced by 20%.