JEDDAH: Arab News, the Middle East’s leading English-language daily, today launched a unique smartphone “Hajj App” for use during the annual pilgrimage season.
The free app — available to download on iOS and Android devices via the App Store and Google Play— has a raft of useful features for use by both pilgrims and their loved ones back home.
The “Hajj App” is sponsored and officially endorsed by the Makkah-based Muslim World League (MWL), as part of its global outreach efforts to reinforce the organization’s position as an umbrella body that serves all Muslims.
The app features numerous functions for use during the Hajj season, including the latest news updates from Arab News and a live broadcast service. It also provides important safety features such as an emergency call number and list of all embassies and important service providers during Hajj.
Additionally, the app has an optional “pilgrim tracker” function, which enables users to switch on to share their location and follow loved ones in real time, around the clock. This means you can keep an eye on your family and friends wherever you are.
The launch of the service comes as part of the digital transformation of Arab News, and falls within the title’s efforts — as a leading Saudi Arabia-based English-language daily — to provide comprehensive coverage of the Hajj pilgrimage.
Commenting on the launch, Faisal J. Abbas, Editor-in-Chief of Arab News, said the app will complement the newspaper’s renowned Hajj news coverage and thanked MWL for its support.
“This Arab News/Muslim World League cooperation is an ideal and practical example of a media outlet working with a non-governmental organization for the public good,” he said.
“Launching this app is part of Arab News’ digital transformation, and provides readers and English-speaking pilgrims added value and a very useful service,” added Abbas.
For its part, The Muslim World League praised the newspaper’s initiative and said it presents a positive model of putting technology into good use.
“We are happy to partner with Arab News in launching this app, which aims to serve pilgrims digitally by providing them with all the information and contact details they need, in addition to the pilgrim geographical tracker serve,” MWL said in a statement.
“We also would like to utilize this opportunity to praise Arab News for its editorial efforts, particularly that it has always been known for its unique and informative annual Hajj coverage.”
Arab News is part of the regional publishing giant Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG). It has been the English newspaper of record for Saudi Arabia and the region for over 40 years.
More details about the app can be found at www.arabnews.com/hajjapp.