Launch of new e-services to support Hajj and Umrah
Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Da’wah, and Guidance have introduced a number of electronic services to improve the experience of pilgrims and ministry staff.
Services include a Sharia awareness app that educates pilgrims about Hajj rituals and offers an interpreter if the pilgrim needs a language other than Arabic.
An “adult” application designed for reliable e-book distribution and integrated with an e-library.
Services include a new electronic transaction platform, reports management, and a “virtual workspace” for use by ministry staff.
Sheikh Abdul Latif bin Abdulaziz Al Sheikh, Minister of Islamic Affairs, said: “The ministry aims to implement all standards of digital transformation in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.”
The Hajj and Visitation Committee said that a total of 744,862 people have reached Madinah this year to perform Hajj. Arab News reported that 587,845 of them were now on their way to or had arrived in Mecca.
Meanwhile, the Women’s Affairs Agency at the General Presidency of the Affairs of the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah is providing services to female pilgrims.
A series of training sessions have helped staff manage crowd flow, clarify rules and regulations, and learn basic language skills to assist visitors.
The President’s House in Madinah has also launched a program titled “Peace and Spirituality in the Prophet’s Mosque” to welcome pilgrims.
Additionally, the state-of-the-art Arar Central Hospital has been upgraded to 50 beds, including six intensive care beds, the health department said.
Additionally, an operating room and an emergency department have been established. The hospital also has ten outpatient clinics.