2006 News Story

Number of Hajj pilgrims from abroad exceeds 1.5 million

The number of pilgrims coming to Saudi Arabia from abroad to perform this year’s Hajj has reached 1,557,447, and represented 177 nationalities, the Ministry of Interior said today. Fifty-four percent of the pilgrims are male and 46 percent female.

Regarding transportation, 1,413,169 of the pilgrims came to the Kingdom by air, 117,785 by land and 26,493 by sea, the Ministry said.