In a remarkable display of faith and devotion, approximately 1.5 million pilgrims have flocked to the Arab Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to fulfill their religious duty of performing the Hajj pilgrimage. As of now, most of the pilgrims have arrived via air travel, as confirmed by Saudi authorities.
The Saudi Ministry of Media announced on Thursday that over 1.49 million foreign pilgrims had entered the country through its international ports by Wednesday. Additionally, an estimated 1.43 million pilgrims chose air travel as their mode of transportation.
Saudi officials, on their part, anticipate that the number of pilgrims in 2023 will reach pre-pandemic levels, with over 2.4 million Muslims participating in the Hajj rituals in 2019.
This year’s Hajj season is particularly significant as it marks the first time since 2020 that the pilgrimage is taking place without the restrictive measures imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the pilgrimage set to commence next Monday, it is expected that more pilgrims will continue to arrive in Saudi Arabia in the days leading up to the Hajj season.
The Kingdom remains fully prepared to welcome and accommodate the influx of pilgrims, ensuring a safe and spiritually fulfilling experience for all attendees.