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Hajj Slowdown Hits Saudi Businesses

Saudi businesses catering to hajj visitor have taken a hit this year as far fewer pilgrims arrive and those who come have less cash to spend. Saudi authorities say only about 1.86 million pilgrims, including around 1.3 million coming from outside the country, are attending this year's hajj, down from peak figures that approached 3 million a few years ago. The number of visitors from abroad has fallen by around 20 percent and the number from within Saudi Arabia has fallen by half,...

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