Updated version of Manasikana app for Hajj pilgrims launched

An updated version of the Manasikana application has been launched, offering improved services on smart devices to help pilgrims and visitors during their journeys of faith to the holy sites. (AFP)
Updated 27 July 2018

Updated version of Manasikana app for Hajj pilgrims launched

JEDDAH: An updated version of the Manasikana application has been launched, offering improved services on smart devices to help pilgrims and visitors during their journeys of faith to the holy sites.
The application has support for eight languages, including Arabic, English, French, Urdu, Turkish, Malay and Bengali. The features it provides include maps of Makkah, Madinah, Jeddah and the holy sites, which highlight a wide range of places of particular interest to pilgrims. After downloading the offline maps application, users can easily access information about the areas, including the boundaries of the Haram and Holy places, without needing an Internet connection.
Launching the updated app, Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Mohammed Saleh bin Taher Benten stressed that the new version will help pilgrims perform the rituals more easily by providing information such as gathering times, details of the stoning of the jamarat, and departure times for buses. It will also provide prayer times, and advice on how to overcome many of the obstacles that can be encountered during the performance of the duty. In addition, users can use it to communicate directly with the ministry.
He also praised the contribution of the application in highlighting the great efforts being made by the government of King Salman and the crown prince to serve pilgrims.
Deputy Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Abdul Fattah Bin Sulaiman Mushat said that the latest version of Manasikana is a leap forward in the technical services provided by the ministry to pilgrims. He said the aim was to embrace modern technologies to serve visitors of all nationalities, in a variety of languages, in accordance with government directives and the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program 2020.


Saudi Arabia, Russia sign agreements during Vladimir Putin visit to Riyadh

Updated 14 October 2019

Saudi Arabia, Russia sign agreements during Vladimir Putin visit to Riyadh

  • King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman welcome Russian leader at Al-Yamamah Palace
  • 20 deals of cooperation were signed between the two countries

DUBAI: Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Riyadh on Monday on his first visit since 2007, and was welcomed to Al-Yamamah Palace by Saudi King Salman as well as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar earlier personally welcomed the Russian leader as he disembarked from his aircraft at King Khalid International Airport.

An official welcoming ceremony was held in honor of Putin and various agreements were signed between the governments of Saudi Arabia and Russia including an oil cooperation pact.

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Some 20 agreements were signed between the two countries, in a ceremony overseen by the king, crown prince, Putin and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov.

Russian sovereign wealth fund RDIF and Saudi Arabia's SALIC signed an agreement to team up in searching for investment projects in the Russian agricultural sector, RDIF said in a statement on Monday.

A string of multi-million-dollar investment contracts were also signed in the aerospace, culture, health and advanced technology sectors.

Putin’s “long-awaited” visit will include discussions on “further cooperation to stabilize prices on the world carbohydrate market” as well as the situation in Syria, the Gulf and Yemen.

The Russian leader, in an interview with Arab broadcasters and aired on Sunday ahead of his arrival, described the “very good relations” with the Saudi leadership.

“We consider Saudi Arabia a friendly nation. I have very good relations with both the King and the Crown Prince,” Putin said, and noted the improved bilateral relations between both countries.

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Putin in the interview likewise condemned the Sept. 14 attacks on Aramco facilities, and said “such actions do not bring any positive results to anybody, including perpetrators,” as they do not have a strong effect on the market.

“We condemn any such actions, end of story. This is the official position … regardless of who stood behind the incident,” the Russian president commented.

A forum attended by Saudi Arabian and Russian business leaders and government officials earlier Monday resulted in the signing of several agreements between companies of both countries.

(Developing)