Prior to the pandemic, over 2.5 million (25 lakh) people would gather at Saudi Arabia's holy cities, Makkah and Madinah, every year for a week to perform Hajj. This would bring in an annual of revenue of USD 12 billion (USD 1,200 crore) for the Saudi government.

Saudi prince Mohammad Bin Salman had planned to increase the number of Umrah and Hajj pilgrims to 20 million (2 crore) by the year 2020 as part of his economic reform plans. By 2020 this was to be increased to 30 million (3 crore).

According to this plan, by 2020 Saudi Arabia would be earning 50 billion riyals (13.32 billion dollars) annually from the year 2030.

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