His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Interior and Chairman of Hajj Supreme Committee, in a cable to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, announced that a total of 1,379,531 pilgrims from 188 countries arrived in the Kingdom for this year's Hajj. The figure represents a decrease of 377,439 or 21% compared to the previous year. Prince Mohammed noted that of the foreign pilgrims, 752,424 (55%) were male and 627,107 (45%) female. In 2012, the General of the Department of Statistics and Information reported that 64.3% of the pilgrims were male, while 35.7% were female.
According to the Hajj Supreme Committee, 1,292,098 arrived by air, 72,535 arrived by land, and 14,898 pilgrims arrived by sea
Governor of Makkah Province Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, who is also Chairman of Hajj Central Committee, announced today that this year, 117,000 domestic Hajj permissions were issued and that over 70,000 people were caught trying to illegally enter the area without proper permits.