Saudi Arabia welcomes over a million pilgrims for Hajj

Jeddah: The Directorate General for Passports recently announced the arrival of more than one million Hajj pilgrims in Saudi Arabia.

As per the latest figures of  1,057,880 there is an increase of 64,905 pilgrims – nearly 7 percent – compared to the same time last year.

Saudi Press Agency further reported that the directorate said that the number of pilgrims arriving by air reached 998,811, by land 48,515 pilgrims, and by sea 10,554.

Last month, Emirates said it is operating extra flights to Jeddah and Madinah to help facilitate travel for pilgrims heading to and from Saudi Arabia for Hajj.

Emirates said that it will be operating 33 additional flights to the two Saudi cities from this week until August 31  to support the journey for pilgrims expected to travel to the holy city of Makkah.

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