Nearly 2 million pilgrims have registered for performing the Umrah in Saudi Arabia via a smartphone app in one month, a local newspaper reported, citing official figures.
Earlier last month, Saudi Arabia launched a plan for gradual resumption of the Umrah after suspension of around seven months due to the new coronavirus outbreak.
Around 900,000 worshippers have since also used the app to register for praying in the Grand Mosque in the Holy city of Mecca, according to figures from the Ministry of the Hajj and Umrah.
The Etamarnah app is available for registering to perform the Umrah as well as to visit the Two Holy Mosques and Al Rawdah Al Sherifa in the Prophet Mosque in Medina.
For registration, the faithful have to load the app, enter their own data, choose available dates for the Umrah or prayers in the Grand Mosque and the Prophet Mosque, and obtain the related permit, Sabq online newspaper explained.