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Saudi Arabia to launch new Umrah app next week

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The Saudi Ministry of Haj and Umrah announced that the entry of Umrah pilgrims and visitors to the two holy mosques will be regulated through the application “I’tamarna,” which will be available on smartphones effective from September 27.

The ministry has developed the app in cooperation with the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority to regulate the times of rituals of those wishing to visit Makkah and Madinah to perform Umrah and pray at the Two Holy Mosques.

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The app will enable pilgrims and visitors to plan their pilgrimage and visit in advance, as well as to make reservations of optional services to perform their rituals in ease and comfort, in addition to ensuring the compliance of the health and precautionary measures and preventive protocols, approved by the Ministry of Health and other competent authorities, to stem the spread of coronavirus.

The Ministry of Interior announced on Tuesday the gradual resumption of Umrah and visits to the Two Holy Mosques with a limited number of pilgrims, starting from October 4.

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The Ministry of Haj said that the application would be available for users of iOS and Android operating systems seven days before the start of the first phase.

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