Makhachkala, April 7, 2017. 8 thousand Dagestanis intend to visit holy places in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia making a Muslim Hajj in 2017, the republic’s clericals say. The increase in the number of pilgrims from the republic became possible after a special increase of quota for the Russians by Saudi authorities. Saudi Arabia has met request for an increased Hajj quota for citizens of the Russian federation. In 2017, the quota for the Russians makes 20 thousand pilgrims. 8 thousand places of which have been allocated for the Republic of Dagestan.