JEDDAH – MEDIA CENTER
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, which launched the Umrah weekly indicator at the beginning of last Hijri year 1440, released the weekly stats till Thursday (26th of December). That is after accessing information such as the number of visas issued, footfall of pilgrims visiting the Kingdom via air, land or sea, and the highest number of nationalities entering the Kingdom.
The Ministry has announced the issuance of 2,371,441 visas and arrival of 2,031,213 pilgrims to the Kingdom, by the end of 26th of December 2019.
“Most pilgrims arrived in the Kingdom via air with a total of 1,938,991 pilgrims while 91,443 entered by land entry point and 779 pilgrims arrived via seaports,” the Ministry stated.
According to the Ministry, the highest number of pilgrims of various nationalities, entering the Kingdom are 495,270 Pakistanis, 443,879 Indonesians, 262,887 Indians, 116,335 Malaysians, 104,820 Egyptians, 80,238 Algerians, 78,512 Turkish, 73,142 Bangladeshis, 46,370 Emiratis, and 32,011 Jordanians.
Meanwhile, the number of pilgrims who left the Kingdom is 1,559,764 after completing Umrah.
Recently, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has also launched the insurance of expat Umrah pilgrims who arrive in Saudi Arabia, and that is to provide exceptional services to the Guests of Allah. The insurance will also play a role in facilitating the pilgrims’ spiritual journey in the Kingdom and quickly fix problems they might face during their stay in Saudi Arabia.
Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Mohammad Saleh Benten has also explained that the insurance of expat Umrah pilgrims is one of the ministry’s initiatives that contribute to achieving one of the main goals of Saudi Vision 2030 to improve the pilgrims experience and enable them to perform Umrah rites through quick treatments for the pilgrims to complete Umrah comfortably and easy.