Around Thousand Pilgrims to Perform 2020 Hajj in Mecca

Published July 27th, 2020 - 06:31 GMT

Saudi Arabia has prepared the holy city of Mecca to welcome pilgrims for the annual Hajj season despite the harsh conditions with very small number of people taking part in the 2020 Hajj compared to the past years.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the rising infections in the kingdom has forced the government to limit the people vising the holy places to around 1,000 pilgrims from inside Saudi Arabia, 700 of whom are expatriates.

On the other hand, around 2.5 million people from all over the world usually head to Saudi Arabia every year to perform the ritual over a several-day-period, which is centred in Mecca. 

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Workers at the Grand Mosque complex in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca, mask-clad due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, wave and speak to a security guard as they walk around the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at centre of the complex ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage season on July 24, 2020. AFP

Workers at the Grand Mosque complex in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca, mask-clad due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, wave and speak to a security guard as they walk around the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at centre of the complex ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage season on July 24, 2020. AFP

This year's hajj will be held under strict hygiene protocols, with access limited to pilgrims under 65 years old and without any chronic illnesses. AFP

This year's hajj will be held under strict hygiene protocols, with access limited to pilgrims under 65 years old and without any chronic illnesses. AFP

This picture taken on July 24, 2020 ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage season in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca shows a view of the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the centre of the Grand Mosque complex. AFP

This picture taken on July 24, 2020 ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage season in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca shows a view of the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the centre of the Grand Mosque complex. AFP

Saudi Arabia begins on July 29 hosting the annual hajj pilgrimage, dramatically downscaled due to the coronavirus pandemic that has barred millions of international pilgrims for the first time in modern history. STR / AFP

Saudi Arabia begins on July 29 hosting the annual hajj pilgrimage, dramatically downscaled due to the coronavirus pandemic that has barred millions of international pilgrims for the first time in modern history. STR / AFP

A man checks prayers beads in the holy city of Mecca on June 27, 2020. This year's hajj, which has been scaled back dramatically to include only around 1,000 Muslim pilgrims as Saudi Arabia battles a coronavirus surge, will begin on July 29, authorities said. Some 2.5 million people from all over the world usually participate in the ritual that takes place over several days, centered on the holy city of Mecca.  AFP

A man checks prayers beads in the holy city of Mecca on June 27, 2020. This year's hajj, which has been scaled back dramatically to include only around 1,000 Muslim pilgrims as Saudi Arabia battles a coronavirus surge, will begin on July 29, authorities said. Some 2.5 million people from all over the world usually participate in the ritual that takes place over several days, centered on the holy city of Mecca. AFP

A reception staff wears a protective mask at a hotel in the holy city of Mecca on June 27, 2020. This year's hajj, which has been scaled back dramatically to include only around 1,000 Muslim pilgrims as Saudi Arabia battles a coronavirus surge, will begin on July 29, authorities said. AFP

A reception staff wears a protective mask at a hotel in the holy city of Mecca on June 27, 2020. This year's hajj, which has been scaled back dramatically to include only around 1,000 Muslim pilgrims as Saudi Arabia battles a coronavirus surge, will begin on July 29, authorities said. AFP

The 2020 hajj season has been scaled back dramatically this year to include only around 1,000 Muslim pilgrims as Saudi Arabia battles a coronavirus surge. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)

The 2020 hajj season has been scaled back dramatically this year to include only around 1,000 Muslim pilgrims as Saudi Arabia battles a coronavirus surge. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)

A part of Marwa and Safa hills inside Masjid Al Haram is for people who do Sai, traditional running when on Umra or Hajj. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)

A part of Marwa and Safa hills inside Masjid Al Haram is for people who do Sai, traditional running when on Umra or Hajj. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)

Muslim pilgrims from all over the world gather to perform Umrah or Hajj. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)

Muslim pilgrims from all over the world gather to perform Umrah or Hajj. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)

Workers at the Grand Mosque complex in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca, mask-clad due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, wave and speak to a security guard as they walk around the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at centre of the complex ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage season on July 24, 2020. AFP
This year's hajj will be held under strict hygiene protocols, with access limited to pilgrims under 65 years old and without any chronic illnesses. AFP
This picture taken on July 24, 2020 ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage season in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca shows a view of the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the centre of the Grand Mosque complex. AFP
Saudi Arabia begins on July 29 hosting the annual hajj pilgrimage, dramatically downscaled due to the coronavirus pandemic that has barred millions of international pilgrims for the first time in modern history. STR / AFP
A man checks prayers beads in the holy city of Mecca on June 27, 2020. This year's hajj, which has been scaled back dramatically to include only around 1,000 Muslim pilgrims as Saudi Arabia battles a coronavirus surge, will begin on July 29, authorities said. Some 2.5 million people from all over the world usually participate in the ritual that takes place over several days, centered on the holy city of Mecca.  AFP
A reception staff wears a protective mask at a hotel in the holy city of Mecca on June 27, 2020. This year's hajj, which has been scaled back dramatically to include only around 1,000 Muslim pilgrims as Saudi Arabia battles a coronavirus surge, will begin on July 29, authorities said. AFP
The 2020 hajj season has been scaled back dramatically this year to include only around 1,000 Muslim pilgrims as Saudi Arabia battles a coronavirus surge. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)
A part of Marwa and Safa hills inside Masjid Al Haram is for people who do Sai, traditional running when on Umra or Hajj. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)
Muslim pilgrims from all over the world gather to perform Umrah or Hajj. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)
Workers at the Grand Mosque complex in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca, mask-clad due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, wave and speak to a security guard as they walk around the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at centre of the complex ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage season on July 24, 2020. AFP
Workers at the Grand Mosque complex in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca, mask-clad due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, wave and speak to a security guard as they walk around the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at centre of the complex ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage season on July 24, 2020. AFP
This year's hajj will be held under strict hygiene protocols, with access limited to pilgrims under 65 years old and without any chronic illnesses. AFP
This year's hajj will be held under strict hygiene protocols, with access limited to pilgrims under 65 years old and without any chronic illnesses. AFP
This picture taken on July 24, 2020 ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage season in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca shows a view of the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the centre of the Grand Mosque complex. AFP
This picture taken on July 24, 2020 ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage season in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca shows a view of the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the centre of the Grand Mosque complex. AFP
Saudi Arabia begins on July 29 hosting the annual hajj pilgrimage, dramatically downscaled due to the coronavirus pandemic that has barred millions of international pilgrims for the first time in modern history. STR / AFP
Saudi Arabia begins on July 29 hosting the annual hajj pilgrimage, dramatically downscaled due to the coronavirus pandemic that has barred millions of international pilgrims for the first time in modern history. STR / AFP
A man checks prayers beads in the holy city of Mecca on June 27, 2020. This year's hajj, which has been scaled back dramatically to include only around 1,000 Muslim pilgrims as Saudi Arabia battles a coronavirus surge, will begin on July 29, authorities said. Some 2.5 million people from all over the world usually participate in the ritual that takes place over several days, centered on the holy city of Mecca.  AFP
A man checks prayers beads in the holy city of Mecca on June 27, 2020. This year's hajj, which has been scaled back dramatically to include only around 1,000 Muslim pilgrims as Saudi Arabia battles a coronavirus surge, will begin on July 29, authorities said. Some 2.5 million people from all over the world usually participate in the ritual that takes place over several days, centered on the holy city of Mecca. AFP
A reception staff wears a protective mask at a hotel in the holy city of Mecca on June 27, 2020. This year's hajj, which has been scaled back dramatically to include only around 1,000 Muslim pilgrims as Saudi Arabia battles a coronavirus surge, will begin on July 29, authorities said. AFP
A reception staff wears a protective mask at a hotel in the holy city of Mecca on June 27, 2020. This year's hajj, which has been scaled back dramatically to include only around 1,000 Muslim pilgrims as Saudi Arabia battles a coronavirus surge, will begin on July 29, authorities said. AFP
The 2020 hajj season has been scaled back dramatically this year to include only around 1,000 Muslim pilgrims as Saudi Arabia battles a coronavirus surge. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)
The 2020 hajj season has been scaled back dramatically this year to include only around 1,000 Muslim pilgrims as Saudi Arabia battles a coronavirus surge. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)
A part of Marwa and Safa hills inside Masjid Al Haram is for people who do Sai, traditional running when on Umra or Hajj. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)
A part of Marwa and Safa hills inside Masjid Al Haram is for people who do Sai, traditional running when on Umra or Hajj. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)
Muslim pilgrims from all over the world gather to perform Umrah or Hajj. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)
Muslim pilgrims from all over the world gather to perform Umrah or Hajj. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)