19 million pilgrims performed Umrah in 2019

Thursday, April 30, 2020

The General Authority for Statistics (GASTAT) revealed on Thursday that the total number of pilgrims who performed Umrah in 2019 exceeded 19 million.

Out of the total 19,158,031 pilgrims, those who came from outside the Kingdom stood at 7,457,663 pilgrims, the authority said, quoting the statistical figures of the Ministry of Haj and Umrah, while the number of domestic pilgrims including Saudis and non-Saudis accounted for 11,700,368.

Among the domestic pilgrims, Saudis made up 45.4 percent while non-Saudis represented 54.6 percent, according to the Umrah Statistics Bulletin for the year 2019. There has been an increase of 4.63 percent in the number of pilgrims in 2019 compared to 2018, of which Saudis represent 27.73 percent.

It was revealed that the number of domestic pilgrims was the highest in the holy month of Ramadan accounting for 58.10 percent of the total number of pilgrims throughout the year. The private vehicle is considered as the most common means of transportation to reach Makkah for domestic pilgrims, at a rate of 67.99 percent and around 48.01 percent of foreign pilgrims stayed for a duration of two weeks, which is recorded as the highest period of stay. Among the pilgrims, men constituted 64.62 percent and women 35.38 percent, the bulletin said adding that the highest number of pilgrims ranged in the age group of 30 and 39 years.


Source: https://www.saudigazette.com.sa/article/592545/SAUDI-ARABIA/19-million-pilgrims-performed-Umrah-in-2019