Hajj economy hit by low oil prices, Mecca business owners say

Low oil prices have contributed to a weaker Hajj economy in Saudi Arabia this year. More than 1.9 million people are predicted to attend this year’s pilgrimage, down from a peak of three million in previous years. Business owners catering to Mecca visitors say government cutbacks in the Kingdom and in some neighbouring countries mean many would-be pilgrims have less money to spend on the journey.

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