25,000 Yemeni pilgrims in Mecca [Archives:2002/09/Local News]
More than 25,000 pilgrims are currently in Mecca, Saudi Arabia for performing the fifth pillar of Islam.
Officials at the Ministry of Endowments and Guidance said that the number of Yemeni pilgrims has doubled this year compared to 2001.
Saudi Arabia is expecting a record number of pilgrims, exceeding 2 million, with the peak being February 21st.
On the other hand, Yemenia Airways successfully completed transporting pilgrims to Maka, as it operated a special flight between Sana’a and Jeddah along with the already scheduled flights.
“17,555 pilgrims were flown by Yemenia this year from Taiz, Sana’a, Aden airports to the holy land,” Nabeel al-Faqeh, Marketing Director of Yemenia said.
He also pointed out that Yemenia sent a working team to Saudi Arabia to facilitate their return to Yemen after completing the Haj duties.