Minister of Hajj and Umrah Tevfik er-Rabia held a press conference on the subject.
Expressing that the number of pilgrims reached 1 million 845 thousand people from 150 countries this year, Rabia said that 184 thousand 130 people out of the total number of pilgrims are citizens of Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi Arabian Statistical Institute also announced the details of the pilgrims this year.
According to the written statement, 184 thousand 130 people from the country became pilgrims, 346 thousand 214 people from Arab countries, 1 million 56 thousand 317 people from Asian countries, 221 thousand 863 people from Africa, 36 thousand 521 people from Europe, America, Australia and other countries. performed his worship.
1 million 593 thousand 271 of the pilgrims came to Saudi Arabia from abroad by air, 60 thousand 813 by land and 6 thousand 831 by sea.
Among the total number of domestic and foreign pilgrims, the number of male pilgrims reached 969 thousand 694, and the number of female pilgrims reached 875 thousand 351.
Minister of Hajj and Umrah Rabia said on January 9 that the number of pilgrims would return to what it was before the COVID-19 outbreak. Last year, the number of pilgrims remained below the targeted number at 899 thousand 353, of which 779 thousand 919 were from abroad.
In the 2021 pilgrimage season, only 60 thousand people from Saudi Arabia were allowed to participate under strict health controls due to the outbreak of the epidemic.
In Saudi Arabia, where approximately 2.5 million pilgrims came from all over the world in 2019, the number of pilgrims was limited to approximately 10 thousand in 2020.