Monday, July 02, 2018

The Economics of the Hajj

The annual pilgrimage of Muslims to Mecca is a massive logistical challenge for Saudi Arabia, which has been making significant investment in infrastructure

This article was first published in the July 2018 International edition of Accounting and Business magazine.
The hajj pilgrimage to Mecca is one of the five pillars of Islam, a religious duty every Muslim is expected to make once in their lifetime if they can afford it and are healthy enough. But with a worldwide Muslim population of 1.7 billion and the hajj taking place over just five days every year, the event is a massive logistical challenge for the Saudi Arabian government and the tour operators, hospitality service providers and retailers who make it happen.

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