How many pilgrims would perform Hajj this year? Saudi Arabia reveals official numbers

Web Desk 10:19 PM | 24 Jan, 2023
How many pilgrims would perform Hajj this year? Saudi Arabia reveals official numbers
Source: CNN

RIYADH - In a visible vindication of travel recovery, Saudi Arabia has announced that it would welcome two million pilgrims for Hajj this year.

The number is almost double of what the kingdom welcome last year for Hajj when Covid restrictions were still in place and social distancing protocols were followed in letter and spirit even at religious sites.

Saudi Arabia's Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah confirmed the numbers during his Algeria visit; the country would be sending 41,300 pilgrims for this year's Hajj.

The minister emphasized that his ministry and other agencies were going all out to provide best health and logistical services to all the pilgrims while highlighting the steps taken recently in this regard including the services being provided by the "Nusuk platform"  as well as slashing the cost of comprehensive insurance for Umrah.

Saudi Arabia hosts two of Islam's holiest sites in Makkah and Medinah and every year millions of pilgrims land in the kingdom for performing Umrah and Hajj. Due to Covid restrictions, the number of Hajj pilgrims fell from around 2 million to few thousands when the pandemic sent shockwaves across the world; however, the recovery started last year and for this year's Hajj, Saudi Arabia had announced that the pilgrims count would be restored to pre-Covid levels. 

The number of pilgrims i.e 2 million confirms that the kingdom is on its way to restore the pilgrims count to what it was before the pandemic. The quota distribution for different countries would officially be communicated soon but Pakistan is likely to get a share of around 180,000 for this year (1444 AH) Hajj.  

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KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 03, 2023 (Friday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 272.25 273.25
Euro EUR 297.32 297.65
UK Pound Sterling GBP 333.31 333.61
U.A.E Dirham AED 73.03 73.33
Saudi Riyal SAR 71.49 71.80
Australian Dollar AUD 188.9 191.3
Bahrain Dinar BHD 712.73 720.73
Canadian Dollar CAD 200.95 203.15
China Yuan CNY 39.67 40.07
Danish Krone DKK 39.11 39.51
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 34.19 34.54
Indian Rupee INR 3.28 3.39
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 877.76 886.76
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.83 63.43
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.25 175.25
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.76 27.09
Omani Riyal OMR 696.08 704.08
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 73.62 74.32
Singapore Dollar SGD 204 206
Swedish Korona SEK 25.61 25.91
Swiss Franc CHF 291.69 294.19
Thai Bhat THB 8.15 8.3

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 212,900 on Friday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs182,530.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs167,318 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 195,157.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Karachi PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Islamabad PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Peshawar PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Quetta PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Sialkot PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Attock PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Gujranwala PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Jehlum PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Multan PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Bahawalpur PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Gujrat PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Nawabshah PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Chakwal PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Hyderabad PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Nowshehra PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Sargodha PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Faisalabad PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Mirpur PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420


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