Saudi Arabia expects over 6m Umrah pilgrims in 2013
- Saudi Arabia: Monday, February 18 - 2013 at 04:26
Saudi Haj ministry has said more than six million Umrah pilgrims are expected in the kingdom in 2013, one million more than last year, Arab News has reported. There has been a 10 to 20% annual increase in the number of pilgrims over the past few years, said Haj minister, Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Hajjar. "The number of Umrah pilgrims is expected to cross the one million mark in the month of Ramadan alone. An average of 400,000 pilgrims are arriving every month this season," said Al-Hajjar.
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