One million pilgrims have begun this year’s Hajj in Saudi Arabia

Hundreds of thousands of worshippers circled the Kaaba at Grand Masjid in Makkah.

On Thursday, the pilgrims will move to a vast tented city at Mina, about 5 kilometers from Grand Masjid, ahead of the main rite at Mount Arafat, where the Prophet Muhammad delivered his final sermon.

Saudi authorities have mounted a massive operation to ensure the health and safety of pilgrims.

Saudi Health Ministry has prepared 23 hospitals and 147 health centres in Makkah and Madinah and 30 health facilities are also ready to treat pilgrims in Mina.