In this year’s Hajj, the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has given great care and complete care to the safety, health and security of pilgrims, and has placed at the forefront of its priorities the preservation of human life, while providing all the necessary facilities to facilitate the pilgrims’ performance of the Hajj rituals, and enable them to reach the holy sites with ease.
In light of what the world witnessed in terms of the continuing developments of the Corona virus pandemic and the emergence of new mutations in it, it made it necessary to use electronic applications and procedures, and to harness them to serve the pilgrims to perform their rituals.
Since the beginning of the announcement of the Hajj procedures for this year, the Kingdom has made available a website to register those wishing to perform the Hajj rituals for the year 1442 AH for citizens and residents inside the Kingdom, through the electronic path for pilgrims, launched by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, to ensure that the rituals are performed in health, security and safety.
And in a step aimed at facilitating the pilgrims of the House of God, by obviating them from the paper circulation of permits as part of the preventive efforts aimed at facilitating them and reassuring their health status, Hajj permits were made available through the “Tawakkalna” application in electronic form, as one of the advanced technical solutions in support of various parties To provide its services to citizens and residents, and to facilitate business continuity, as a reliable and secure source for issuing the necessary permits electronically as soon as possible.
In order to facilitate the Hajj journey, a smart card for rituals was launched, in a step towards enhancing the digital services provided to the pilgrims, and linking operations and services within an integrated electronic platform, and it works through the Near Field Communication (NFC) technology that allows reading the card through self-service devices available in the holy sites. It provides many features and advantages, such as keeping the pilgrims' personal and residential information, guiding them to their residence in the holy sites, controlling access to various facilities, and limiting irregular pilgrimages.
The pilgrim wears a smart bracelet "NESK", which has been adapted to provide the best innovative solutions based on data and Internet of things technologies to serve the pilgrims, and those who serve them from various government and private sectors, and provides main services, including providing full information about the pilgrim, health status (immunized) , immunized first dose, immunized recovered) and follow-up and monitoring of health status data related to measurement of blood oxygen and heart rate, and emergency medical or security assistance services; Which contributes to the speed of access to his site and assistance.
And the Kingdom volunteered the technology to sterilize the Grand Mosque, by providing the robot to sterilize larger areas and cover the sides of the Grand Mosque, as it operates with an automated control system programmed on a pre-map, and at (6) levels, which improves the safety of the environmental health atmosphere, and intelligently analyzes sterilization requirements, and works from 5 - 8) hours without human intervention.
In the context of employing technical services during the Hajj season this year in light of the precautionary measures, the “Automated Fatwa Robot” service was launched in the mosques of the holy sites and the campaign headquarters, which achieves visual communication - remotely - between the questioner and the mufti 24 hours a day, and to provide awareness and guidance The pilgrims need throughout the season, through an automatic control system according to programmed paths and sensitive motion sensors.
To enrich religious knowledge, the sermon on the Day of Arafa for non-Arabic speakers, whether inside the Haram or around the world, has been translated into 10 languages, which contributes to providing an opportunity for the largest possible number of Muslims to perform Hajj and Umrah to the fullest, and to enrich their experience by preparing The Two Holy Mosques, achieving the global message of Islam, and providing them with the best services.
And since technology has become an integral part of the rituals of Hajj this year 1442 AH, the sacrifice program was launched, which allows pilgrims and sacrificers to delegate the platform to perform the ritual sacrifices and sacrifices and distribute them to the beneficiaries during their legal times, with the aim of facilitating the performance of the rituals digitally and ensuring that the sacrifices meet the Sharia conditions in their types, specifications and distribution on the deserve it.