1,141,998 Hajj pilgrims have left Saudi Arabia so far, says Passport Department

Pilgrims are seen visiting a holy site in Madinah on Sunday.  Some 194,373 Hajj pilgrims were still in Madinah as of Sunday, awaiting their return flights to their home countries. (SPA)
Updated 10 September 2018

1,141,998 Hajj pilgrims have left Saudi Arabia so far, says Passport Department

JEDDAH: The total number of Hajj pilgrims departing via land, air and sea ports of the Kingdom has reached 1,141,998, according to the statistics issued by the Directorate General of Passports (Jawazat).

The directorate said the number of pilgrims leaving by air was 1,042,305, by land 83,339 and by sea 15,954.

The number of pilgrims who arrived in Madinah reached 553,151, while the total number remaining in Madinah is 194,373, authorities said.

Meanwhile, pilgrims who were part of the Guests of King Salman for Hajj and Umrah program has thanked the Saudi authorities for the welcome they received, and shared stories of the heartbreaking suffering and loss they have endured over the years at home.

King Salman praised the efficient organization of the Hajj, which allowed the pilgrims “to perform their duties with ease, security and reassurance in a serene environment.” The king and the crown prince also thanked Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif, head of Supreme Hajj Committee, for ensuring the successful implementation of Hajj plans.



King Salman inaugurates Saudi Arabia's Haramain railway

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King Salman inaugurates Saudi Arabia's Haramain railway

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia's King Salman inaugurated on Tuesday the Haramain Express high-speed rail line that connects the holy cities of Madinah and Makkah.

At a ceremony in Jeddah, the King oversaw the services that the railway will offer passengers when it opens to the public next month.

The 450 kilometer train line has five stations including King Abdul Aziz International Airport, Jeddah and King Abdullah Economic City, as well as Makkah and Madinah.

The network will carry 60 million passengers a year with a fleet of 35 trains containing 417 seats each.

During the ceremony, a documentary was aired about the project, one of the largest of its kind in the region.

Saudi Transport Minister Nabeel Al-Amoudi commended the King’s approach to national transport projects, saying that they act as a trigger for everyone to put in their utmost effort to fulfill the expectations of the Kingdom’s leadership.

He also added that a project of its kind would consolidate the Saudi Arabia’s status by turning it into an international logistics center that connect three continents.