An exceptional calm pervades the Hajj terminal of King Abdulaziz International Airport as it is not witnessing the roar of overhead planes for the first time during a Hajj season in the last 40 years.

The Hajj terminal, spread over a whopping area of 510,000 square meters, is the world’s fourth-largest terminal. Until the last Hajj season, the terminal received more than 1,500 scheduled flights carrying more than 1.8 million pilgrims, coming to holy cities of Makkah and Madinah from all over the world during the Hajj season.

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The naturally ventilated building is topped by 210 semi-conical, Teflon-coated fiberglass roof units that are placed within 10 modules. Each module consists of 21 tents of white-colored Teflon-coated fiberglass fabric suspended from pylons. The complex contains facilities for sleep, food preparation, and various support services.

This north terminal is equipped with high-tech facilities for receiving pilgrims as well as for completing immigration and screening procedures.

The construction of the first phase of the Hajj terminal was completed in 1981 and it became fully operational in 1982. The pilgrims’ lounge area is spread over an area of 400,000 square meters, and it accommodates nearly 3,800 arriving pilgrims and 3,500 departing pilgrims in an hour.