54 pilgrims visited Saudi in 25 years – Report

According to the General Authority for Statistics (GaStat) in Saudi Arabia, the total number of hajj pilgrims who visited Makkah, Islam’s holiest city, during the last 25 years reached 53,928,358, Saudi Gazette reported.
“Counting of pilgrims started in 1970 (1390H) in order to obtain accurate information to help all governmental entities to plan and develop the services provided to the pilgrims,” GaStat spokesman, Taiseer Al-Mofarrej, said.
However, the task has been performed for many years, with a lot of developments in the methods of counting and enumeration so that they can be applied in an accurate, comprehensive, and professional way.
Al-Mofarrej said the hajj statistics program helps plan the necessary services for pilgrims, whether social, health, security, food or transportation.
“It’s done by using a time series of accurate data on the numbers of pilgrims, the estimates of manpower needed to serve the pilgrims and to maintain their safety and comfort during the Hajj season of each year,” he informed.
The data and numbers of pilgrims are used by the entities concerned in studies to prepare facilities in Makkah and the holy site.
In addition, it provides accurate information and data on hajj for researchers, student

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