[79] 9. The Pilgrims and Merchants Who Come to Mecca
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Those who are going to increase in numbers are the people who live in Syria or pass through: the inhabitants of inland Syria, of Aleppo and Baghdad, the Persians, Kurds and Bukharans, as well as others who reside near the railways to Baghdad and Birejik, which are expected to connect with the Hejaz-Syria Railway. Their numerical growth will be endless, so that it cannot even be

evaluated now. This growth will add to the wealth of Hejaz; one cannot even imagine now the gains which would accrue from the increase in pilgrims, visitors, and merchants. The people of Hejaz would become rich, indeed notably wealthy.