Record number of pilgrims arrive for Hajj

December 6, 2008

Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Interior and Chairman of the Hajj Supreme Committee, said in a letter to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques king Abdullah bin Abdulaziz today that a record number of foreign pilgrims have arrived in the Kingdom to participate in this year’s Hajj. A total of 1,729,841 pilgrims arrived in Saudi Arabia from 178 countries, an increase of 18,026 from the previous year and a new Hajj record. Of the foreign pilgrims, 54.3% are male and 45.7% female. Prince Nayef added that 1,575,645 pilgrims arrived by air, 131,353 by land, and 22,843 by sea.