Saturday June 04, 2022

VIDEO: Saudi receives first foreign Hajj pilgrims since before pandemic

VIDEO: Saudi receives first foreign Hajj pilgrims since before pandemic

Indonesian pilgrims prepare to depart from Juanda International Airport in Surabaya to Saudi Arabia on Saturday. AFP

Saudi Arabia on Saturday welcomed its first batch of Hajj pilgrims since before the coronavirus pandemic, which prompted authorities to sharply restrict the annual ritual.

The group from Indonesia landed in the Holy City of Madinah and was set to travel south to the holy city of Makkah in the coming weeks to prepare for the Hajj next month, state media reported.

"Today we received the first group of this year's pilgrims from Indonesia, and the flights will continue from Malaysia and India," Mohammed Al Bijawi of the country's Hajj Ministry told the state-run Al-Ekhbariya channel.