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The Makkah Region or Mecca Region (Arabic: مِـنْـطَـقَـة مَـكَّـة الـمُـكَـرَّمَـةMinṭaqah Makkah l-Mukarramah ) is the most populous region (minṭaqah) in Saudi Arabia. It is located in western Saudi Arabia, and has an extended coastline. It has an area of 153,128 km², 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 Taif. This region also contains Rabigh, roughly the present-day area where the Islamic Nabî (Arabic: نَـبِي‎, Prophet) Muhammad gave his famous sermon at the event of Ghadir Khumm.[2]

مكة المكرمة
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
 • GovernorKhalid bin Faisal Al Saud
 • Deputy governorBadr bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz
 • Total153,148 km2 (59,131 sq mi)
 (2017 census)
 • Total8,557,766
 • Density56/km2 (140/sq mi)
ISO 3166-2



Governors of the Makkah Region since the establishment of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are as follows:[3]


The region is divided into 17 governorates (with 2010 Census populations):

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Population Characteristics surveys" (PDF). General Authority for Statistics. Archived from the original (PDF) on |archive-url= requires |archive-date= (help). Retrieved January 7, 2019.
  2. ^ "G̲h̲adīr K̲h̲umm". Encyclopedia of Islam. Brill Online. 2012. Archived from the original on 2014-10-18.
  3. ^ "Emirs of Makkah". Ministry of Interior. Retrieved May 3, 2012.

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