Mecca Facts

Facts about Prophet Muhammad () and the Quran  

Government of Mecca

Provincial GovernorMayor
Khalid al-FaisalOsama al-Bar

Population

Population Census (1992)Population Census (2004)Population Census (2010)
965,697 people1,294,168 people1,534,731 people

Number of people who performed Hajj

YearNumber of people
20152,000,000 people (approx.)
20142,085,238 people
20131,980,249 people
20123,161,573 people
20112,927,717 people
20102,789,399 people
20092,313,278 people
20082,408,849 people
20072,454,325 people
20062,378,636 people
20052,258,050 people

The world’s most expensive land

Land cost per square meter (Mecca, Saudi Arabia: cost of land near Masjid al-Haram)

10 Countries with the Largest Muslim Populations

RankCountryPopulation
1Indonesia209,120,000
2India176,200,000
3Pakistan167,410,000
4Bangladesh134,430,000
5Nigeria77,300,000
6Egypt76,990,000
7Iran73,570,000
8Turkey71,330,000
9Algeria34,730,000
10Morocco31,930,000

PEW RESEARCH CENTER (projections as of 2010)

Projected Global Muslim Population, 2010-2050

YearPopulation EstimatePercent of World’s Population
20101,599,700,00023.2%
20201,907,110,00024.9%
20302,209,270,00026.5%
20402,497,830,00028.1%
20502,761,480,00029.7%

2015 Hajj Quota for the Top 5 Countries Granted the Most Visas

Due to the largest, ongoing expansion project in the history of Masjid Al-Haram (Grand Mosque), the Kingdom of Saudia Arabia has continued the reduced quota for granting visas for each country for the upcoming 2015 Hajj.

RankCountry2015 Hajj Quota (Approximately)
1Indonesia168,000
2Pakistan143,368
3India136,020
4Bangladesh101,758
5Nigeria76,000

Size of Mecca (Area)

MetroUrban
500 square miles / 1294 square kilometers330 square miles / 854 square kilometers

Nearby Cities

CityDistance from Mecca
Jeddah42 miles (68 km)
Medina209 miles west (337 km)
Riyadh493 miles (793 km)

Airport distance to Mecca

AirportDistance from the center of Mecca to the airport
King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah46 miles (74 km)
Ta’if Regional Airport in Ta’if47 miles (75.6 km)
Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Airport in Medina217 miles (349 km)
King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh501 miles west (805 km)
King Fahd International Airport in Dammam720 miles (1160 km)

Emergency Numbers

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