Around 1, 318, 604 Umrah Visas have been offered by now in the current season that commenced early September (Muharram). This has been announced by the Haj and Umrah Ministry.
A total of 677,335 pilgrims have arrived in Saudi Arabia and departed after performing the minor pilgrimage. 362, 225 pilgrims are in the nation said the Ministry. This includes 242, 638 in Makkah and 119, 587 pilgrims in Madinah, as quoted by the Saudi Gazette.
Some 7, 941 Saudi employees of the Haj and Umrah companies are serving the pilgrims said the Ministry. It is from the time of their arrival to the nation till the departure. This includes 6, 702 male and 1, 239 female staffs.
A weekly Umrah indicator has been launched by the Ministry in September. This is to offer periodic information on the statistics of Umrah Visas that have been offered. It includes the number of pilgrim arrivals to the nation via sea inlets, land, and air. This also includes their numbers in Makkah and Madinah. The figures of pilgrims who have departed upon performing rituals are also offered.
956, 359 pilgrims have arrived by air as per the indicator. This is via Prince Muhammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah and Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport. 83, 166 pilgrims have arrived by land 35 have arrived via sea.
Pakistan topped all other nations for the number of Umrah pilgrims with 359, 092 pilgrims. The top second nation was Indonesia with 204, 176 pilgrims. India was at the third position with 178, 893 pilgrims.
The number of pilgrims from Yemen was 48, 087 and 37, 854 were from Malaysia. Turkey, Algeria, and UAE sent 24,104; 22,839; and 22,315 pilgrims respectively. 16, 997 pilgrims were from Bangladesh and 16, 997 were from the UK.
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