More than 19 million pilgrims performed Umrah in 2017

File photo showing worshippers and Umra pilgrims visitors at the Grand Mosque in Makkah. (SPA)
Updated 29 May 2018
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More than 19 million pilgrims performed Umrah in 2017

  • Statistics have shown that 19, 079, 306 pilgrims have carried out Umrah in 2017.
  • The percentage of Saudi pilgrims was 46.9%, and non-Saudi pilgrims from inside the kingdom was 53.1% in 2017.

JEDDAH: More than 19 million pilgrims have performed Umrah in 2017 according to a report by Saudi Arabia’s General Statistics Authority, according to Al Ekhbariya news website.

The statistics released as part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 contain numbers of pilgrims who took part in Umrah from within Saudi Arabia and abroad last year, as well as other figures based on records by the Hajj and Umrah ministry.

Through this report, the kingdom aims to establish a database on the pilgrims visiting the Kingdom to perform Umrah in a bid to help decision makers implement regulations that serve pilgrims and aid their Umrah process.

Statistics have shown that 19, 079, 306 pilgrims have carried out Umrah in 2017. Among these were 6,532,074 pilgrims who came from abroad, according to the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah records.

While those who performed domestic Umrah from Saudis and non Saudis were 12,547,232, based on the authority’s survey.

The percentage of Saudi pilgrims was 46.9%, and non-Saudi pilgrims from inside the kingdom was 53.1%. The percentage of domestic Umrah pilgrims were 46.3% males and 37.7% females.

Results also have shown that the month of Ramadan is the most popular time of the year pilgrims choose to perform Umrah.

The percentage of pilgrims who carried Umrah during Ramadan last year was 53.6% of the total pilgrims.

The King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah recorded the highest percentage of pilgrims arrival from overseas, around 62.5%. While Umrah pilgrims who arrived in Emir Mohamad bin Abdel Aziz Airport in Madinah was 25.7%.


PWD-friendly infrastructure rebuilds completed in Two Holy Cities, Saudi Arabia tells UN

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PWD-friendly infrastructure rebuilds completed in Two Holy Cities, Saudi Arabia tells UN

  • Infrastructure upgrades included public transport facilities
  • Centers for disability rehabilitation are growing across the Kingdom

JEDDAH: Major infrastructure rebuilds to aid disabled people have been completed in Makkah and Madinah, the United Nations heard on Thursday.

Dr. Bandar Al-Aiban, president of the Saudi Human Rights Commission (HRC), made the announcement in Geneva during the 21st session of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

He said that the move came as part of a wider range of programs aimed at empowering the disabled in Saudi Arabia, to provide them with a suitable education, tools and the employment opportunities to ensure their independence and maintain a good quality of life. 

He added that the infrastructure updates included public transport facilities that were disability friendly, and easy access to government buildings and important historical and religious sites across the two cities.

“The Saudi government is keen to serve the Two Holy Mosques and other holy sites, and harness the necessary resources to serve pilgrims, and this includes the completion of major infrastructure targets that take into account the needs of people with disabilities,” Al-Aiban said.

“The government’s financial support for associations and NGOs for people with disabilities amounted to more than SR70 million ($18.7 million) in 2018. People with disabilities are also members of the Shoura Council, and hold leadership positions in various sectors. 

He also mentioned the recent establishment of the Saudi Commission for Persons with Disabilities and Special Needs, noting the growing number of centers for disability rehabilitation across the country, and the exemplary standards they set for disabled services in the Gulf.