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Umrah Weekly Indicator: Kingdom receives over 6,9 million pilgrims and issues 7,4 million visas

Umrah Weekly Indicator: Kingdom receives over 6,9 million pilgrims and issues 7,4 million visas

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, which launched the Umrah weekly indicator at the beginning of Hijri year 1440, released the weekly stats till Thursday (May. 23). That is after accessing information such as the number of visas issued, number of pilgrims visiting the Kingdom via air, land or sea, and how many would be in Makkah and Madinah.

The number of Umrah visas issued until 18 Ramadan 1440 H (May.23, 2019) reached 7,463,259 visas with the number of pilgrims arriving in the Kingdom being 6,964,943 pilgrims.

Meanwhile, the number of pilgrims still in the Kingdom is 925,246 pilgrims, with 679,929 pilgrims in Makkah and 245,317 in Madinah, and 6,039,697 pilgrims leaving Saudi Arabia after completing Umrah, according to the weekly data.

The weekly data also included the number of Saudi staff within Umrah companies and institutions. They are 10,852 Saudis including 8,978 males and 1,874 females.

Most pilgrims arrived in the Kingdom via air with a total of 6,185,504 pilgrims while 671,356 entered by land entry point and 108,083 pilgrims arrived via seaports.

According to the Ministry, the highest number of pilgrims of various nationalities, entering the Kingdom are 1,530,855 Pakistanis, 934,827 Indonesians, 635,675 Indians, 524,728 Egyptians, 353,425 Algerians, 323,083 Yemenis, 300,517 Turkish, 269,554 Malaysians, 268,179 Iraqis, and 194,908 Jordanians.

The weekly indicator was launched to enable authorities to track the number of pilgrims coming into the Kingdom, and in turn, enrich their experiences by providing high-quality services.

The indicator focuses on 5 main aspects which are the number of issued visas, the total number of pilgrims arriving in the Kingdom via air, land, and sea ports, number of pilgrims in Makkah and Madinah, and the number of pilgrims leaving the Kingdom after completing Umrah rituals.

This initiative is one of the main aims of Saudi Vision 2030, which aspires to attract over 30 million Umrah pilgrims and provide them with excellent services and an outstanding experience.