Uclub launches mobile prayer reminders

Uclub, the online community for mobile users, has launched a service allowing Muslims in the UAE to be alerted to the precise times for prayer through their phones.

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By  Richard Agnew Published  September 3, 2003

Uclub, the online community for mobile users, has launched a service allowing Muslims in the UAE to be alerted to the precise times for prayer through their phones.

The Azan application, developed for Nokia mobile phones, has been designed especially for the Gulf market and is being launched first in the UAE by UClub, says Prajay Gandhi, Mobile Applications Development Manager at Imaginations, the Dubai-based company responsible for the development of the application.

As Arabic and English are the main languages spoken in the region, the application has been created to recognise the user’s language preferences and generate the display menu in the appropriate language.

“Besides this, as the Azan application is being launched first in the UAE, residents in the country can select from the menu the emirate they are in and the alarm will alert them of the prayer timings along with its name. The application also has an embedded option for showing Azan timings for the entire day,” Gandhi explained.

UClub was created with the specific intention of delivering quality content to mobile phone users and the Azan application ties in with this, said Arun Nagar, Managing Director, Cellucom Dubai-based distributor of mobile communication devices and accessories and the company responsible for the launch of UClub two months ago.

“The Azan application is available for download, for the time being, through users' mobile telephones. For information on how to download the Azan application through their mobile phones, people can visit the UClub website – www.uclubme.com,” said Raouf Shabayek, Business Development Manager, Imaginations, developers of the UClub website.

Owners of compatible Nokia mobile phones and WAP/GPRS settings will be able to download it following instructions on the site. The Azan application is available for download at a special introductory price of Dh15.

In an effort to make it easier for UClub members to buy content from the site, Cellucom will be shortly launching scratch cards. Once introduced, the scratch cards – each with a unique pin number – will be available through Cellucom store and Val-U-Shop distribution outlets, as well as shops selling Etisalat cards. UClub members who wish to buy content at present can do so through the premium SMS service.

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