GITEX visitors in Dubai try world’s first Hajj and Umrah VR simulator 

The technology offers a 360-degree view of the most sacred places in Islam. (AN Photo)
Updated 10 October 2019

GITEX visitors in Dubai try world’s first Hajj and Umrah VR simulator 

  • The technology offers a 360-degree view of Makkah and Madinah
  • Software is designed to help first-time pilgrims familiarize themselves with how Hajj works

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah is showcasing its new virtual reality simulator at the Dubai World Trade Center, allowing visitors to experience the technology.

Designed to help would-be pilgrims, the technology developed in Pakistan offers a 360-degree view of the most sacred places in Islam, as well as a guide to the rites and rituals performed during Hajj or Umrah.

“We want to update the way we teach pilgrims how to perform Hajj and Umrah,” Sheriar Ashraf, CEO of Karachi-based Labbaik VR, told Arab News at GITEX Technology Week.

He said the software would help individuals, especially first-time pilgrims, to familiarize themselves with what goes on during the pilgrimage.

“Hajjis will be able to perform the rituals in a hassle-free manner after being trained in a virtual environment that closely resembles the actual sacred sites in Makkah and Madinah,” he said.

The software currently runs on PC virtual reality headsets such as Oculus Rift, with plans in place to launch a mobile app soon.


Saudi Arabia records 27 more deaths from COVID-19

Updated 37 min 35 sec ago

Saudi Arabia records 27 more deaths from COVID-19

  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 313,786
  • A total of 4,569 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

LONDON: Saudi Arabia announced 27 more deaths from the coronavirus and 561 new cases of the disease on Wednesday.
Of the new cases, 75 were recorded in Makkah, 51 in Jeddah, 37 in Madinah, 34 in Riyadh and 29 in Dammam.
The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 313,786 after 1,102 more patients recovered from the virus.
A total of 4,569 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.