Saudi: Annual Pilgrimage Plays Significant Role In Tourism

The annual pilgrimage plays a significant role in Saudi Arabia’s tourism industry, with the government aiming to receive 15 million Haj and Umrah visitors annually by the year 2020 and 30 million by 2030.

The number of Umrah visas issued this year has reached 1,723,749, of which 1,348,161 pilgrims have performed Umrah and a present total of 318,210 have arrived in the Kingdom, according to data provided by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah.

Pakistan tops the number of pilgrims, reaching 426,969 and Indonesia and India come next with 256,677 and 210,841 respectively. Malaysia, which sent 78,575 pilgrims, was fourth and it was followed by Yemen with 70,303 pilgrims, the ministry said.

There are 8,899 Saudi officials and employees, including 1,467 women, involved in serving the pilgrims at various Umrah companies and establishments, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The weekly data also included the number of Saudis working with Umrah companies and institutions. There are 8,899 Saudi employees including 7,432 males and 1,467 females.

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

While a total of 1,234,350 pilgrims arrived in the Kingdom by air, 113,776 entered through land entry points and 35 pilgrims arrived via seaports.

Source Credit: Saudi Gazette