MAKKAH – As around 2 million Muslims prepare to leave Saudi Arabia and return to their homes, after the conclusion of a successful hajj season, the Saudi officials have released statistics of the hajj season.
This report, by AP, gives a look at one of the world’s largest pilgrimages in numbers:
2.35 million is the number of pilgrims from around the world performing hajj this year.
1.16 million square meters (12.5 million square feet) is the size of the Grand Mosque that houses Islam’s holiest site.
7 is the number of times Muslims circle the cube-shaped Ka`bah counterclockwise, their hearts tilted toward it, during one of the rites of hajj.
104 is the age of the oldest pilgrim performing the hajj this year. Ibu Mariah Marghani Muhammad is from Indonesia.
3,500 is the number of charter buses used to transport pilgrims to the various sites for hajj.
1.75 million pilgrims are from outside Saudi Arabia.
600,000 is the number of pilgrims from Saudi Arabia, either residents or citizens.
1.33 million is the number of male pilgrims.
1.02 million is the number of female pilgrims.
59 percent are from non-Arab Asian countries.
24 percent are from Arab countries.
11 percent are from non-Arab African countries.
5 percent are from Europe.
1 percent are from North America.
100,000 is the number of Saudi security forces tasked with protecting and assisting pilgrims on the hajj.
5,000 is the number of cameras along hajj routes.