2006 News Story

More than 2.3 million pilgrims perform the Hajj this year

More than 2.3 million people performed the Hajj rituals this year, according to the Ministry of Economy and Planning.

In a statement, the Ministry said that a total of 2,378,636 pilgrims participated in the Hajj this year. 1,654,407 came from abroad, while 724,229 were from inside the Kingdom, most of them non-Saudi residents.

The overall health of the pilgrims has also been reassuring, and there have been no cases of epidemics or contagious diseases so far, Saudi officials said. Chief of General Intelligence Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz noted today that the pilgrims have received excellent medical care at the more than 21 hospitals and 145 health centers in Makkah and the holy sites. So far, 330 pilgrims have died of natural causes, according to the Hajj Central Committee.