Mecca Facts

Facts about Prophet Muhammad () and the Quran  

Government of Mecca

Provincial Governor Mayor
Khalid al-Faisal Osama al-Bar

Population

Population Census (1992) Population Census (2004) Population Census (2010)
965,697 people 1,294,168 people 1,534,731 people

Number of people who performed Hajj

Year Number of people
2016 1,995,000 people
2015 2,010,000 people
2014 2,085,238 people
2013 1,980,249 people
2012 3,161,573 people
2011 2,927,717 people
2010 2,789,399 people
2009 2,313,278 people
2008 2,408,849 people
2007 2,454,325 people
2006 2,378,636 people
2005 2,258,050 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

Rank Country Population
1 Indonesia 209,120,000
2 India 176,200,000
3 Pakistan 167,410,000
4 Bangladesh 134,430,000
5 Nigeria 77,300,000
6 Egypt 76,990,000
7 Iran 73,570,000
8 Turkey 71,330,000
9 Algeria 34,730,000
10 Morocco 31,930,000

PEW RESEARCH CENTER (projections as of 2010)

Projected Global Muslim Population, 2010-2050

Year Population Estimate Percent of World’s Population
2010 1,599,700,000 23.2%
2020 1,907,110,000 24.9%
2030 2,209,270,000 26.5%
2040 2,497,830,000 28.1%
2050 2,761,480,000 29.7%

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.

Rank Country 2015 Hajj Quota (Approximately)
1 Indonesia 168,000
2 Pakistan 143,368
3 India 136,020
4 Bangladesh 101,758
5 Nigeria 76,000

Size of Mecca (Area)

Metro Urban
500 square miles / 1294 square kilometers 330 square miles / 854 square kilometers

Nearby Cities

City Distance from Mecca
Jeddah 42 miles (68 km)
Medina 209 miles west (337 km)
Riyadh 493 miles (793 km)

Airport distance to Mecca

Airport Distance from the center of Mecca to the airport
King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah 46 miles (74 km)
Ta’if Regional Airport in Ta’if 47 miles (75.6 km)
Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Airport in Medina 217 miles (349 km)
King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh 501 miles west (805 km)
King Fahd International Airport in Dammam 720 miles (1160 km)

Emergency Numbers

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999 998 997 996 993
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