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Hajj 2019: More than 1.8 Million International Pilgrims Arrived in Saudi Arabia for Pilgrimage

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Saudi Arabia has so far welcomed more than 1.8 million pilgrims who have flocked to the country in preparation for the annual Islamic Hajj pilgrimage which begins later this week, according to the latest statistics issued on Wednesday by the Saudi General Directorate of Passports.

In a news conference in the port city of Jeddah, Major General Sulaiman Al Yahya, the Director General of Passports, said the total number of Hajj pilgrims who had arrived from abroad via air, land and sea ports until 4 p.m. local time on Wednesday afternoon was 1,838,339 pilgrims. Most of the pilgrims arrived by plane.

Hajj, the largest annual gathering of people from all around the world, is due to begin this year on Friday August 9 and last until Wednesday August 14.

In total, more than two million people, including Saudis and expatriate residents of the Kingdom, are expected in Saudi Arabia’s holy cities of Makkah and Madinah for the Hajj this year.

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