The Saudi Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and the Communications and Information Technology Commission have joined together to announce an initiative to provide a total of two million gigabytes for the two million pilgrims performing Hajj this year.
Several mobile operators such as Saudi Telecom, Etihad Etisalat (Mobily), Mobile Telecommunication Company Saudi Arabia (Zain), Virgin Mobile, and EtihadJawraa (Lebara), are part of this initiative.
According to an official statement released, the initiative was in accordance with the directives of King Salman bin Abdulaziz and the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman “to do everything possible to make it easy for pilgrims to perform the rituals of Hajj”.
This is applicable for those who have opted to use packages such as Sawa Ziyara, AlZowar, Noor, Hajj & Umrah and Iman, provided by the Kingdom’s mobile operators. Each user of these subscribers will have access to one gigabyte for 48 hours.
The initiative’s objective is to allow pilgrims to communicate with their families and enable them to access the digital services available in the Smart Hajj initiative, so that they can enhance their experience and allow them to take advantage of enhanced communication services, as per a release issued by the authorities.
The statement said, “This initiative is just one of the efforts of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, the Communications and Information Technology Commission and all mobile service providers in the Kingdom to provide the best communication services to pilgrims during this pilgrimage season.”
Hajj, the Islamic major pilgrimage, runs until Friday, 24th August.