The Saudi government has announced one million SIM cards and free internet as gifts for the pilgrims arriving at the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah.
The initiative is aimed at serving the pilgrims coming from far away.
“Staying in Saudi Arabia for a long time, people remain keen to connect with their friends and family back home. This gift will help them communicate with their loved ones,” a statement from the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said earlier this week.
It said that a dedicated team will be vigilant 24/7 during the Hajj season to provide this service to the arriving pilgrims.
The project was launched on the directives of King Salman and the Crown Prince to allow pilgrims to perform their religious duty with ease, it added.
Earlier this month, the Saudi government had also launched a pilot program, issuing around 25,000 wearable high-tech smart cards to pilgrims in Mina.
The cards will store information related to pilgrims’ health status, residence, and Hajj tour details and will be helpful in case of emergency.
It should be noted that about 200,000 Pakistanis are expected to perform Hajj this year.
Via: Arab News