Pilgrims prepare for the Friday prayer in front of the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque in Makkah Image Credit: AP

Dubai: Qatari pilgrims will be able to visit Saudi Arabia for Haj and Umrah despite the cut in diplomatic relations.

The Saudi Press Agency on Monday confirmed that Saudi Arabia is committed to providing all facilities and services to Qatari pilgrims.

The assurance was made following the news of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt who all announced they would withdraw their diplomatic staff from Qatar.

All four states said they planned to cut air and sea traffic, while Saudi Arabia said it also would shut its land border with Qatar.

The UAE has given Qatar’s diplomatic mission in Abu Dhabi 48 hours to leave the country.

Qatari citizens were also informed that they had 14 days to leave the UAE, while citizens from Qatar have also been banned from passing through the UAE.

Emiratis are now banned from visiting or even passing by Qatar through all means.

In numbers

In 2016, 1,325,372 foreign and 537,537 domestic pilgrims performed Haj, making a total of 1,862,909 pilgrims. This was the lowest number of pilgrims recorded in the last 10 years.

More than 2.4 million Muslims performed the Haj pilgrimage in 2007, according to reports.