Technological solutions help Hajj experience

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The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah’s information technology department is providing technical solutions to help pilgrims during their stay in Makkah. (SPA)
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The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah’s information technology department is providing technical solutions to help pilgrims during their stay in Makkah. (SPA)
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The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah’s information technology department is providing technical solutions to help pilgrims during their stay in Makkah. (SPA)
Updated 25 August 2018
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Technological solutions help Hajj experience

  • The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah’s information technology department is providing technical solutions to help pilgrims during their stay in Makkah
  • At airports, there was a passport scanner system to help distribute the pilgrims to their buses more quickly

MINA: The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah’s information technology department is providing technical solutions to help pilgrims during their stay in Makkah.
Eng. Hisham Hammami, the chief information officer (CIO) for the ministry, told Arab News that this year all internal data center and communications infrastructure serving pilgrims from within the Kingdom were upgraded.
He said that the ministry opened the system earlier for customers to evaluate the packages and ease the reservation process for obtaining Hajj permits.
Hammami said: “We also created a daycare service reserved through the site as a service for children coming to Hajj with their parents.”
For pilgrims coming from abroad, the CIO said that a system to alert government sectors concerned with pilgrims’ arrival 24 hours in advance was implemented to ensure all services were ready.
At airports, there was a passport scanner system to help distribute the pilgrims to their buses more quickly.
Hammami added that a new single system had been developed for pilgrims to perform their ritual without the use of Hajj service providers.
“Manasikana,” an interactive mobile application, uses satellite-based maps to locate sacred areas and help pilgrims to be in the right place at the right time for their rituals.
It uses GPS technology so pilgrims can locate their companions and find routes to reach them. The application is regularly updated to reflect all the mosques, restaurants, restrooms and other places of interest for pilgrims in the holy cities and Jeddah.


Digital-screen buses aim to boost Saudi patriotism

Saudi Islamic Affairs organized a wide range of activities, including a display of Saudi leadership’s visuals on digital-screen buses. (SPA)
Updated 25 September 2018
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Digital-screen buses aim to boost Saudi patriotism

  • King Abdul Aziz International Competition for Memorizing the Holy Qur’an” will be held at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah on Oct. 6

RIYADH: To mark the National Day, the Ministry of Islamic Affairs organized a wide range of activities, including a display of Saudi leadership’s visuals on digital-screen buses, as well as cars distributing gifts among citizens and expats in Riyadh and other cities.
Under the directives of Minister of Islamic Affairs, Sheikh Abdullatif bin Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, more than 28 million text messages are being sent through the Saudi Telecom Company (STC) to promote national values.  The move is taken in cooperation with the General Directorate for Scientific and Intellectual Awareness.
Separately, authorities said recently that “King Abdul Aziz International Competition for Memorizing the Holy Qur’an” will be held at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah on Oct. 6.
Commenting on the event, Al-Asheikh praised King Salman for his special care and attention for the competition. Al-Asheikh said the contest it aimed to encourage Muslims to memorize, recite and interpret the holy book. He noted that the ministry has completed its preparations to receive participants for the competition.