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The Makkah Region or Mecca Region (Arabic: مِنْطَقَة مَكَّة ٱلْمُكَرَّمَةMinṭaqah Makkah Al-Mukarramah ) is the most populous minṭaqah (region) in Saudi Arabia. It is located in western Saudi Arabia, and has an extended coastline, an area of 153,128 km2 (59,123 sq mi), and a population of 8,557,766 (2017 survey).[1] Its capital is Mecca (also transliterated as Makkah), the holiest city in Islam, and its largest city is Jeddah, which is also Saudi Arabia's main port city. The third major city is Ta'if. This region also contains Rabigh, roughly the present-day area where the Islamic Nabi (Prophet) Muhammad gave a sermon at the event of Ghadir Khumm.[2]

Makkah
مَكَّة ٱلْمُكَرَّمَة
View of Al-Masjid Al-Haram from the Abraj Al Bait in Mecca, February 2012
View of Al-Masjid Al-Haram from the Abraj Al Bait in Mecca, February 2012
Map of Saudi Arabia with Makkah highlighted
Map of Saudi Arabia with Makkah highlighted
Coordinates: 21°30′N 41°0′E / 21.500°N 41.000°E / 21.500; 41.000Coordinates: 21°30′N 41°0′E / 21.500°N 41.000°E / 21.500; 41.000
CapitalMakkah
Boroughs12
Government
 • GovernorKhalid bin Faisal Al Saud
 • Deputy governorBadr bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz
Area
 • Total153,148 km2 (59,131 sq mi)
Population
 (2017 census)
 • Total8,557,766
 • Density56/km2 (140/sq mi)
ISO 3166-2
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Websitewww.makkah.gov.sa

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PopulationEdit

Population development since 1992:

YearPop.±% p.a.
19924,467,670—    
20045,797,184+2.19%
20106,927,477+3.01%
20188,803,545+3.04%
source:[3]

GovernorsEdit

Governors of the Makkah Region since the establishment of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are as follows:[4]

GovernoratesEdit

The region is divided into 17 Muḥafaẓat (Governorates) (with 2010 Census populations):[1]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Population Characteristics surveys" (PDF). General Authority for Statistics (Saudi Arabia). 2017. Retrieved January 7, 2019.
  2. ^ "G̲h̲adīr K̲h̲umm". Encyclopedia of Islam. Brill Online. 2012. Archived from the original on 2014-10-18.
  3. ^ Saudi Arabia: Regions and Cities
  4. ^ "Emirs of Makkah". Saudi Ministry of Interior. Retrieved May 3, 2012.

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