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Muslim Indian pilgrims arrive at the Jeddah airport on August 14, 2018, prior to the start of the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca. The hajj, expected to draw more than two million pilgrims to Mecca this year, represents a key rite of passage for Muslims and a massive logistical challenge for Saudi authorities, with colossal crowds cramming into relatively small holy sites. / AFP / Amer HILABI
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Muslim Indonesian pilgrims arrive at Jeddah airport on August 14, 2018, prior to the start of the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca. The hajj, expected to draw more than two million pilgrims to Mecca this year, represents a key rite of passage for Muslims and a massive logistical challenge for Saudi authorities, with colossal crowds cramming into relatively small holy sites. / AFP / Amer HILABI
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Updated 19 August 2018

Pilgrims’ spiritual journey begins

Muslim pilgrims arrive at Jeddah airport prior to the start of the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the holy city of Makkah. The hajj, expected to draw more than two million pilgrims to Mecca this year, represents a key rite of passage for Muslims and a massive logistical challenge for Saudi authorities, with colossal crowds cramming into relatively small holy sites.
(Photo courtesy: AFP)