About the Hajj Statistics Program
In implementing its Hajj statistics program within the boundaries of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the General Authority for Statistics depends on the comprehensive enumeration methodology for all individuals coming to the holy city of Makkah to perform Hajj (Pilgrimage). This is undertaken by Hajj statistics centers located at all entrances to Makkah, as well as at other support centers in the cities of Jeddah, Taif, and Medina. The counting usually begins on the first day of Dhu al-Hijjah, and ends at 6:00 o'clock in the evening of the 9th day of the same month. The counting process also covers the incoming (external) pilgrims who are counted by General Directorate of Passports at the KSA's entrance outlets.The Hajj statistics program aims at providing comprehensive and accurate data on the number of pilgrims by means of transportation and date of arrival, for use in setting up plans and programs required for extending distinguished services to pilgrims, the number of pilgrims from Makkah Almokarama is calculated based on a survey implemented by General Authority for Statistics.
Main Counting Centers-Internal pilgrims
The Mohrem is the counting unit used in this process, that is, the counting process for internal pilgrims is only confined to people who have assumed Ihram (a special state of spiritual purity) and who have actually been counted at the Hajj statistics centers located at the entrances to the city of Makkah.
This process entails a comprehensive counting of all internal pilgrims ,as the General Authority for Statistics counts all internal pilgrims , categorized by nationality, through its numerous centers located at the entrances to the city of Makkah.
Scope and Coverage of Counting
The counting process involves all individuals, Saudis and non-Saudis, males as well as females coming from within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Makkah to perform Hajj. The process also includes the pilgrims coming from outside the kingdom, as they are enumerated by the Directorate General of Passports at the KSA’s entrance outlets, the number of pilgrims from Makkah Almokarama is calculated based on a survey implemented by General Authority for Statistics.
The Process Time Cycle
Given the importance of the Hajj (Pilgrimage) statistics’ results in the field of planning and providing services to pilgrims, the General Authority for Statistics implements the Hajj statistics process on an annual basis, as it publishes an annual bulletin containing all the data on the pilgrims’ number and classification according to gender, nationality and date of arrival.
Hajj (Pilgrimage) statistics Goals
Developing the necessary annual traffic plans including the movement plan and Al Nafrah.
Estimating the manpower required to serve the pilgrims and secure their safety and comfort annually during the pilgrimage season.
Completing all future plans for the purpose of securing the necessary services for pilgrims, whether social, health, security, food or transportation services, by using a time series for accurate data on pilgrims’ number.
Using of information on pilgrims’ number by relevant agencies in charge of examining basic utilities and arrangements in Makkah and the holy places, and taking them into consideration upon preparation of the necessary plans.
Providing accurate statistics on the number of internal pilgrims which, when combined with the number of pilgrims coming from abroad, makes up the total number of pilgrims.
Using the information on pilgrims’ number in evaluating the activities and events carried out by the concerned authorities in charge of serving pilgrims.
Recognizing the change in the external pilgrims’ means of arrival and using them for internal pilgrims.
Providing researchers, students and concerned parties with accurate information on Hajj(pilgrimage) statistics.