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[March 02, 2014]
New app facilitates pilgrim's progress [Travel & Tourism News]
(Travel & Tourism News Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) HAJJNET, a UAE-based start-up, has released a social media-integrated smartphone Umrah guide to support pilgrims at every step of their pilgrimage. UmrahSalam is a mobile app that offers real-time, location- and process-based support to help fulfil religious obligations. Features include prompting pilgrims to read or hear the appropriate Duas (prayers) at the right time and place; counting the number of Tawaf while they are being performed and full camera, map and social media integration.
UmrahSalam enables travellers to find their hotel from a comprehensive and frequently updated database, and pin it to a map so they can locate their hotel or any other landmark to avoid getting lost. A packing list helps them prepare for the journey and not forget essential items; while a digital journal helps them record and share location and personal moments with loved ones. Instructional videos are also available on how and when to wear the Ihram (white garments that pilgrims must wear before performing their religious observances). UmrahSalam is available for a limited time as a free download on the iPhone and soon on Android. Currently, the app is only available in English, the Arabic version will be launched soon.
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