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 announces 327 cases of coronavirus

Updated 08 April 2020

Saudi Arabia announces 327 cases of coronavirus

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced 327 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday bringing the total number of cases in the Kingdom to 2,932.
The figure for the number of coronavirus cases recorded on April 7 include the 190 people who were reported as having the virus at midday on Tuesday, and a further 137 people who tested positive after midday.
In total, 631 coronavirus patients have recovered.
There have been 41 deaths from the virus in the Kingdom so far.


Meanwhile, the Saudi Ministry of Health has launched a new app aimed at monitoring the conditions of people suspected of having the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The Tatamman (meaning, rest assured) app will allow individuals who are self-isolating or in quarantine to access up-to-date advice and information on the virus and their health status.
Ministry spokesman, Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly, said: “It (the app) is for those who have the symptoms, or recently returned to Saudi Arabia, those who have been in direct contact with a positive case, as well as those currently under home quarantine as instructed by the ministry.”