Muslim pilgrims began to arrive in the holy city of Mecca on Saturday to perform the Hajj, the Arab News reported.​​​​​​​

Iran Press/Middle East: Saudi Arabia is allowing 60,000 fully vaccinated residents to take part in this year’s Hajj.

Saudi authorities tasked over 500 workers to serve pilgrims as they perform the initial tawaf, circling around Kaaba upon entering the mosque premises, the daily said.

This year’s Hajj, with participants chosen through a lottery, is a larger than scaled-back version staged in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic but significantly smaller compared to normal times, it added.

Last year, Saudi authorities limited the Hajj to 10,000 Muslims due to the pandemic.

In 2019, around 2.4 million pilgrims performed the Hajj, according to official estimates.


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