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Number of Umrah visitors in first 10 days of Ramadan reached 8 million - Saudi official
June 29, 2015, 10:10 am
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The number of Umrah (lesser pilgrimage) performers who came to the Grand Mosque during the first 10 days of the holy month of Ramadan reached eight million; an increase of 49 percent compared to last year, Saudi Hajj and Umrah public administration in the governorate of Makkah region said late Sunday.
Administration director Dr. Salah Saqr said in a statement that the number of vehicles that transported visitors to the Grand Mosque during the same period amounted to more than 38,000 cars, up from the same period last year rose by 25 percent.

He also noted that the transportation plan adopted and monitored by Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, the Governor of Makkah Region, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques' Adviser and the Chairman of the Central Hajj Commission, and which is implemented by all relevant government sectors, resulted in the transfer of more than 8 million passengers during the first 10 days of current month of Ramadan.

Saqr added that the objective of the plan was to ensure a traffic capacity of 25 million vehicles and minimize traffic pressure in the central area to reach six million vehicles. 

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