Arab News updates Hajj app
Hajj App includes 'pilgrim tracker' feature to allow pilgrims to connect with family
Arab News has updated its Hajj App for use during the upcoming annual Muslim pilgrimage season.
The free app - available to download on iOS and Android devices via the App Store and Google Play - will include new and improved features, including live news updates and the signature ‘Hajj tracker', which enables pilgrims to connect with their loved ones back home.
The app is sponsored by Makkah-based Muslim World League (MWL) as part of MWL's global outreach efforts serving all Muslims.
The latest release of the app features several functions for use during the Hajj season, including safety features such as an emergency call number and list of embassies and important service providers during Hajj. New features include a digital Qibla compass, a real-time currency converter and Qur'an prayer audio files.
The app will also feature improvements including the pilgrim tracker function, which allows users who opt in to share their location and follow loved ones in real time, around the clock.
Mohammed Al-Sulami, Arab News' Jeddah bureau chief and head of the paper's Hajj coverage team, thanked MWL for its endorsement of the app and said that the aim of this corporate social responsibility initiative is to provide a useful and free service for pilgrims on this unique holy journey.
"Our mission is to make Arab News more global and more digital, and the Hajj App - thanks to the generous support from the MWL - does just that by providing a live news service and helpful, easy-to-use functions that every pilgrim can benefit from during Hajj," he said.
The Muslim World League commended the newspaper's initiative of using technology in such an innovative and useful way for the public good.
"We are happy to renew our partnership with Arab News and our support of this app, which reinforces our position as an umbrella body seeking to serve Muslims worldwide," the MWL said in a statement.