More than 718,000 pilgrims arrive in Madinah for Hajj

This year’s Hajj has already brought 718,030 pilgrims of various nations to Madinah via land and air ports.

According to the Hajj and Visit Committee’s statistics, which track the arrival and departure of pilgrims in Madinah, there were 29,090 pilgrims in total who came on Saturday, 25,962 of whom landed at Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah via 105 planes.

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65 aircraft carrying 2,099 pilgrims landed at the Immigration Center, and 22 planes carrying 924 pilgrims landed at the Land Pilgrims Center.

The statistics also showed that there were 556,953 pilgrims who left on Saturday for the holy sites in Makkah, while there were 161,021 pilgrims who remained in Madinah until yesterday. The occupancy rate of the housing in Madinah was 54 percent, and 32,631 pilgrims benefited from the medical services that were made available to them.

In contrast to past restrictions brought on by the global pandemic, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has announced that there will be no caps on the number of pilgrims from all over the world for the next Hajj season.

To stop the spread of COVID-19, Saudi Arabia has reduced the number of Muslims who are permitted to perform the Hajj for the past two years.

Annually, over 2.5 million Muslims used to perform the Hajj before the pandemic.

The first day of Dhu Al-Hijjah is on June 19, and Eid-ul-Azha is on June 28, according to Saudi Arabia’s announcement made on Sunday.

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Mridha Shihab Mahmud is a writer, content editor and photojournalist. He works as a staff reporter at News Hour. He is also involved in humanitarian works through a trust called Safety Assistance For Emergencies (SAFE). Mridha also works as film director. His passion is photography. He is the chief respondent person in Mymensingh Film & Photography Society. Besides professional attachment, he loves graphics designing, painting, digital art and social networking.
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