1997 News Story

Record number of pilgrims arrive for 1417 Hajj

The Director-General of Passports has announced that a total of 1,168,591 pilgrims entered the Kingdom from abroad during this Hajj season.  Of these, 510,285 (44 percent) were women.   The breakdown by means of arrival is 1,022,328 by air, 118,782 overland, and 27,481 by sea.

This is the highest ever number of Hajj pilgrims coming from outside Saudi Arabia.  Last year’s figure was 1,080,465.