Pilgrim numbers top 1 million, marking a 7% increase in arrivals in KSA

Updated 10 August 2018
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Pilgrim numbers top 1 million, marking a 7% increase in arrivals in KSA

  • Thousands of pilgrims have traveled into the Kingdom from around the world

DUBAI: The number of pilgrims arriving in Saudi Arabia for the Hajj pilgrimage has increased by nearly 65,000 people – that is a 7 percent increase on the same period last year, state news agency SPA reported.

The number of pilgrims arriving at the Kingdoms air, land and sea ports up until Wednesday had reached 1,057,880, according to the Directorate General For Passports.

The Directorate said that the number of pilgrims arriving by air had reached 998,811, while 48,515 had entered by land and a further 10,554 by sea.


Adverse weather and rain due to affect many areas in Saudi Arabia

Updated 18 October 2018
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Adverse weather and rain due to affect many areas in Saudi Arabia

LONDON: Forecasters predicted Thursday that many areas in Saudi Arabia will experience rain and thunderstorms over the next few days.
The Saudi General Authority for Meteorology and Environment Protection said that windy weather and moderate to heavy thunderstorms are expected to affect the regions of Jazan and Asir on Friday.
Elevated areas in Najran, Al-Baha, Makkah, and Madinah are also due to be affected by thunderstorms and winds.
The Northern Border region, Al-Jawf, Hail and Qassim will experience moderate rainfall that will extend to Riyadh, the Eastern Province, and Hafr Al-Batin.
Coastal areas in the Makkah region are due to experience light rain from Saturday onwards, and the amount of rainfall might increase by Monday.