Less pilgrims, less spending: Hajj spending down 31% this year
Spending during this year’s hajj season fell by 31 percent compared with 2012 as Saudi Arabia lowered pilgrim quotas, reported the Aleqtisadiah newspaper.
Pilgrims spent around 18 billion Saudi riyals across all sectors, compared to around 26bn riyals during hajj 2012, the newspaper said.
Around 1.98 million pilgrims performed hajj this year, a 37.3 percent drop compared to last year.
A breakdown of the overall percentage recorded a 21 percent drop in the number of foreign pilgrims, and a 57 percent drop in pilgrims from within Saudi Arabia, according to figures from the local Department of Statistics.
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