Every year, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from all over the world make it out to Saudi Arabia for the annual Islamic pilgrimage. 

For Hajj 2017 - which is expected to begin August 30 - more than 69,000 pilgrims via 394 flights have already arrived at Jeddah's King Abdul Aziz International Airport since the start of the season. 

The number of pilgrims has increased by 4.3 percent since 2016, according to Arab News.

But, it doesn't just stop at Jeddah. In Medina, the number of arrivals currently stands at 164,136. Of those, 10,957 have already left the city, according to Arab News.

The annual pilgrimage brings together millions of Muslims regardless of social, nationality and economic status

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The kingdom has given access to Qatari pilgrims for Hajj, despite the political rift between the two countries

Amid the Gulf crisis - which has seen four Arab countries (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt) cut diplomatic and commercial ties with Qatar - Saudi Arabia has allowed Qatari pilgrims entry into the kingdom for Hajj. 

However, the pilgrims are allowed access to the kingdom via two designated airports: King Abdulaziz Airport in Jeddah and Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz Airport in Medina and can fly into the kingdom on all flights other than Qatar Airways, the country's national carrier. 

"Pilgrims from Qatar who have Hajj permits … can come directly from Doha or through any other transit place," the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) said in a statement. 

However, it hasn't all been smooth. 

A series of accusations by both parties has intensified over the past week. 

On Sunday, Saudi foreign minister Adel Al Jubeir told Al Arabiya news channel that Qatar is trying to "internationalize" the management of Hajj, according to The National.

However, the claim was soon denied by Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani in an interview with Al Jazeera. 

"Qatar never politicized the issue of Hajj. It was Saudi Arabia trying to politicize the Hajj pilgrimage amid the Gulf crisis," Al Thani said. 

Al Jubeir then ensured that the kingdom "welcomes all Muslims from around the world who visit the country for their pilgrimage."

Saudi Arabian Airlines is flying more than 80,000 pilgrims from Iranian cities as well

Saudi Arabian Airlines is flying more than 80,000 Hajj pilgrims from three Iranian cities: Mashhad, Ahwaz, and Tabriz.

The first group has already arrived in Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Medina, as of August 3. 

Other remaining flights are scheduled to arrive over the next few days.