Iranians top the list of Umrah pilgrims

Arab News

By MUHAMMAD HUMAIDAN

JEDDAH: A total of 724,000 pilgrims arrived for Umrah until early April, said the Haj Ministry on Monday, adding that the Umrah season has so far been a success.

According to Haj Ministry records, 257,000 of the pilgrims were from Iran, 235,000 from Turkey, 171,000 from Pakistan and 132,000 from Indonesia.

“This is a large number compared to previous years,” said a spokesman for the ministry.

Officials involved in the Umrah business said that around 8 million Umrah pilgrims are expected to visit the Kingdom this year; the bulk will visit in the months of Ramadan and Shabaan.

Categories: Asia, Iran, Saudi Arabia

2 replies

  1. Indeed. In this case: Iran and Saudi Arabia do not always see ‘eye to eye’, however, the Saudis know that for the purpose of Hajj (and Umra) they have to be good hosts, and they are taking that responsibility seriously.

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