MADINA – A total of 14,000 pilgrims from various nationalities left Madinah Monday for the Holy Sites in Makkah to perform Hajj rituals.

Ref The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) witnessed scenes of buses transporting Haj 2022 pilgrims from the center of monitoring dispatching of pilgrims and Umrah performers, which are implemented by various stakeholders as part of the operational plan for Hajj in Madinah under the supervision of the Hajj and visit committee in the region and under follow-up of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah on the flow of pilgrims.

Pilgrims transport buses are offered comprehensive services as part of an accurate action program that aims at facilitating transport of pilgrims to their residences according to pre-set timetables and following up on their arrival in Miqat Thi Al-Halifah or the dispatching center, before heading directly for Makkah through the Hijrah Highway along with all security, health and ambulance services, in this addition to services of guidance and field direction for buses during the dispatching process that starts at the early morning 27 June 2022 and lasts till the dispatch of the last bus at 6 p.m.

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah’s Visit Agency recorded 953 cases of departure from residences for pilgrims since the beginning of this year’s Hajj 2022, while the total number of pilgrims who left Madinah for Makkah recently stood at 205,049 pilgrims.

Dispatching of pilgrims continues till Thu Al-Hijjah 5.

Total of 299,911 pilgrims from several nationalities arrived in Madinah, through air and land crossings to perform Hajj, as of Monday.

Statistics on arriving and departing pilgrims in Madinah, issued by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, showed that 241,859 pilgrims arrived through the Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah since receiving the first Hajj flights, while the land immigration center received 45,824 pilgrims who arrived in Madinah through land border crossings.

The statistics also revealed the nationalities of 94,837 pilgrims in Madinah. Bangladeshi pilgrims topped the list with 12,901, followed by Nigerians with 10,216, Indians with 8,350, Pakistanis with 6,954 and Iranians with 6,494 pilgrims. — SPA