The official Saudi Press Agency said that 1.2 million people had arrived so far for the five-day rites which are expected to begin on December 18.
Most arrive by air at the port city of Jeddah.
At least 1.5 million people are expected to arrive from abroad in the Islamic holy city of Mecca, where pilgrims follow a route around the mountains in line with a tradition established by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
A duty for every Muslim at least once in a lifetime, the gruelling ritual is one of the world's biggest displays of mass religious devotion.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Aralık 2007, 13:16