Saudi Arabia decides to hold Hajj pilgrimage for locals only


RIYADH: The Saudi government on Monday decided to hold the Hajj pilgrimage with a limited number of pilgrims (Hujjaj) this year to limit the spread of coronavirus.

The Hajj and Umrah ministry said: “As COVID-19 cases continue to grow globally while the risks of Coronavirus spread in crowded spaces and to countries still exist, Hajj 1441H is decided to take place this year with a limited number of pilgrims from all nationalities residing in Saudi Arabia only, who are willing to perform Hajj.”

The pilgrims will be from various nationalities who are already living in the kingdom.

The government said that a very limited number of local pilgrims will be allowed to perform Hajj this year.

The annual Islamic ritual attracts around two million every year.

The Saudi government was expecting about $12 in revenue from the religious pilgrims this year before the Covid-19 struck.