26m Muslims visit Grand Mosque during Ramadan

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SHAFAQNA - More than 26 million Muslim pilgrims visited the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia during Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr, local media reported.

The total of 26,729,709 pilgrims was 4.6 percent more than last year, according to Hisham Al Faleh, adviser to the Makkah governor, quotedby Arab News.

Even more are expected to visit the mosque for the annual Haj pilgrimage near the end of September.

Saudi authorities are spending more than $20bn upgrading and expanding Islam’s holiest site to accommodate more pilgrims.

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