MAKKAH – According to the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, more than 2 million Hajj pilgrims will attend the Hajj this year.
Earlier this week, it was announced that the number of Hujjajs would return to pre-pandemic numbers, according to the Minister of Hajj Tawfiq Al Rabiah. There were 1000 Hujjaj in 2020, 60% in 2021, and one million in 2022 due to the Pandemic.
Before the Pandemic, the number of Hujjaj peaked above 3 million in 2012, at which time it was at its highest point in recorded history. In 2013, the Grand Mosque was undergoing a significant expansion, resulting in the authorities reducing the number of Hujjaj due to capacity limitations.
During the Pandemic in 2020, Hajj was limited to 1000 chosen people by the Ministry of Hajj. In 2021, 60,000 domestic pilgrims were allowed to participate in the annual pilgrimage due to the same pandemic level. Several restrictions were lifted in 2022, and the number of pilgrims increased to 1 million for the first time in history.