Arab News launches 'Hajj App' in partnership with Muslim World League

Updated 24 August 2017

Arab News launches 'Hajj App' in partnership with Muslim World League

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

Saudi King praises role of women at W20 summit

Updated 22 October 2020

Saudi King praises role of women at W20 summit

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has praised the exceptional role played by women during the coronavirus pandemic.
In a speech delivered at the end of the W20, the G20 women’s engagement group, on Wednesday, King Salman said: “I would like to express my gratitude to the Women 20 Engagement Group for their remarkable efforts and commitment to deliver their agenda during these unprecedented times caused by the COVID -19 pandemic.”
The Saudi king described women as the source of evolution for any society and said that without empowered women it is difficult to reform societies. 
“Women are the main source of development for any society. Hence, without empowered women, it is almost impossible to implement any societal reforms given that women form half of the societies and they are the ones who raise up generations. Women has proven through history their remarkable role in leading change and in decision making.”
The king noted that Saudi Arabia’s presidency of the G20 has dedicated special attention to discussing policies related to women across different ministerial and working group meetings.