Pakistanis is at the top of the list in the number of pilgrims that visit Saudi Arabia each year, confirmed Saudi Kingdom’s Hajj and Umrah Ministry.
According to the list, the Umrah visas issued this year amounted 2,785,790 and 2,346,429 of those pilgrims actually arrived in the Kingdom. Among these, 637,745 pilgrims belonged to Pakistan.
As for others, 420,410 individuals were from Indonesia, 292,607 from India, 135,895 from Malaysia, 128,618 from Yemen, 73,179 from Egypt, 65,970 from Turkey, 59,855 from the United Arab Emirates, and 57,701 from Bangladesh.
Moreover, 345,114 pilgrims are still in the country and 233,910 of those are in Makkah while 111,204 are in Medina.
Majority of the pilgrims – 2,122,424 exactly – came by air while 213,121 pilgrims came to the Kingdom by land. A small number of pilgrims, i.e., 10,884 came by sea.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Vision 2030 reform plan focuses on tourism along with attracting over 30 million Umrah pilgrims by providing them with excellent services.
The Saudi Ministry had launched a weekly indicator to enable the authorities to track the number of pilgrims coming to the Kingdom.