As many as 5.48 million pilgrims have arrived in the Kingdom until Thursday since the start of the current season in late October last year, according to the Ministry of Haj and Umrah.
In its weekly cumulative indicator, the ministry said the Saudi authorities issued more than 5.9 million Umrah visas to prospective pilgrims so far.
It said 5,031,799 people came to the Kingdom and left the country after performing the minor pilgrimage to Makkah and visiting the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah. As many as 456,903 pilgrims currently remained in the two holy cities — consisting of 314,305 in Makkah completing Umrah rituals and 142,598 in Madinah paying homage to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and praying at his mosque.
The ministry said 4,897,148 pilgrims arrived by air, 525,335 by land and 66,219 by sea.
It said the pilgrims were being served by 10,533 Saudi employees working in the Umrah companies consisting of 8,720 men and 1,813 women.
The ministry said the services being provided to the pilgrims were steadily being developed to keep pace with the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, which aims to serve about 30 million Umrah pilgrims annually.
The Ministry of Health has underlined the importance of washing fruit and vegetables before consuming them, as well as washing hands before and after eating to prevent contamination.
As part of its tips series for this Umrah season, the ministry highlighted the importance of verifying the food expiration date, not leaving food uncovered or unwrapped, and the risks of keeping cooked food longer