2006 News Story

Foreign pilgrims arriving for the Hajj exceed 1.2 million

As of January 1, the number of pilgrims coming to Saudi Arabia from abroad to perform the Hajj this year stands at 1,269,209. According to Director-General of Passports Maj. General Salem Al-Blaihed, 1,149,991 arrived by air, 21,123 by sea and 98,095 by land.

In addition, as of January 1, more than 728,289 pilgrims have arrived in Madinah. Hassan al-Bakri, director-general of the Hajj Ministry’s Madinah branch, said that efforts have been boosted to facilitate the pilgrims’ movement.