2000 News Story
 

03/20/2000
Ministry of Pilgrimage figures released for 1420 Haj

The total number of pilgrims was 1,733,785, of whom 466,430 came from inside the Kingdom. There were 5,000 Ministry employees working to serve the guests of God, in addition to 8,000 guides. Over 6,000 apartment buildings in Makkah were used to accommodate the pilgrims, and 15,000 buses used to transport them to and from the Holy Sites. Also in use were 1,000 service vehicles and 200 motorcycles.


Meanwhile, figures are available for Hajj visas issued in the United States in 2000; these are more than double the number for 1996.  The breakdown is as follows:
 

Consulate location

1996

2000

 change

Washington DC

1,845

 3,931

 + 113 %

New York, NY

2,458

 4,311

 +   75 %

Los Angeles, CA

   841

 2,015

 + 139 %

Houston, TX

   195

    619

 + 217 %

  TOTAL

5,339

10,876

 + 103 %

 

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