A total of 3.1 million pilgrims visited Islam's holiest sites during the hajj
Aerial view of Muslim pilgrims circling the Kaaba at the in the holy city of Mecca. Saudi Arabia raised $16.5 billion from Muslim pilgrimages this year to Mecca and Medina in the west of the kingdom, according to the Al-Hayat newspaper. © Fayez Nureldine - AFP
A total of 3.1 million pilgrims visited Islam's holiest sites during the hajj
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Last updated: November 8, 2012

Saudi nets $16.5 billion from pilgrims

Saudi Arabia raised $16.5 billion from Muslim pilgrimages this year to Mecca and Medina in the west of the kingdom, a Saudi newspaper reported on Thursday.

Al-Hayat, citing religious tourism sources, said a total of 12 million pilgrims visited Islam's holiest sites during the annual hajj which took place this year at the end of October or for the year-long umra, or minor pilgrimage.

The pilgrims -- including 3.1 million who made the hajj, including 1.7 million from abroad, according to official figures -- spent 62 billion riyals ($16.5 billion), a rise of 10 percent over 2011 because of increased costs, it said.

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