Hajj pilgrims. File photo
About 926,726 Hajj pilgrims arrived in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from abroad through air, land, and seaports as of Friday, Saudi Press Agency, SPA, reported.
About 881,229 pilgrims reached by air, 35,148 by land and 10,349 by the sea, according to the statistics issued by the Saudi Directorate General of Passports. This represented an increase of 91,44 pilgrims (11 percent), compared to the number of arrivals during the same period last year, the SPA quoted the Drectorate General as saying.
Under the auspices of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdulaziz, and with the follow-up of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, Saudi Arabia officially launched on Tuesday the “Enriching Hajj & Umrah Experience” programme, one of the most important Vision 2030 programmes.
The 130-year-old pilgrim was invited by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to perform Hajj this year as part of the King Salman's Hajj and Umrah Guests Programme.
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