Pilgrims lied under the skies of the Mashaar Mena region as rain poured over the area. For most of the pilgrims in Mashaar Mena, it is their first time that they are physically in touch with the holy region.
This Libyan pilgrim said he wished every Muslim a blessed Eid and thanked Saudi Arabia for its hospitality and measures the country have taken to ensure a safe and successful hajj season.
About 300,000 government employees have been deployed to assists pilgrims with their rituals. The cost of tents has reached billions of Saudi riyals, with millions of hours spent in preparation to receive a record number of pilgrims, estimated to be 4 million this year.
The Mashaar Mena receives a huge influx of pilgrims to spend the day and night during the Tarwiyah day. After a day, the pilgrims leave Mena for and head to Arafat.
The pilgrims’ journey does not end when they leave Arafat to Mena, but they have to return back to Mecca where they first started.