New Hajj app launched, designed with special features for hujaaj

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Cii Radio| Ayesha Ismail| 24 August 2017| 02 Zhul Hijjah 1438

Arab News, the Middle East’s leading English-language daily, today launched a unique smartphone “Hajj App” for use during the annual pilgrimage season.

The free app — available to download on iOS and Android devices via the App Store and Google Play— has a raft of useful features for use by both pilgrims and their loved ones back home.

The “Hajj App” is sponsored and officially endorsed by the Makkah-based Muslim World League (MWL), as part of its global outreach efforts to reinforce the organization’s position as an umbrella body that serves all Muslims.

The app features numerous functions for use during the Hajj season, including the latest news updates from Arab News and a live broadcast service. It also provides important safety features such as an emergency call number and list of all embassies and important service providers during Hajj.

Additionally, the app has an optional “pilgrim tracker” function, which enables users to switch on to share their location and follow loved ones in real time, around the clock. This means you can keep an eye on your family and friends wherever you are.

The launch of the service comes as part of the digital transformation of Arab News, and falls within the title’s efforts — as a leading Saudi Arabia-based English-language daily — to provide comprehensive coverage of the Hajj pilgrimage.

Commenting on the launch, Faisal J. Abbas, Editor-in-Chief of Arab News, said the app will complement the newspaper’s renowned Hajj news coverage and thanked MWL for its support.

“This Arab News/Muslim World League cooperation is an ideal and practical example of a media outlet working with a non-governmental organization for the public good,” he said.

Source – Arab news