Saudi Arabia launches Umrah app Eatmarna to regulate and enrich pilgrim experience


The Hajj Ministry of Saudi Arabia publicized that the entrance of Umrah pilgrims, worshippers and visitors into the two holy mosques will be controlled by the application named Eatmarna, which will be available to all the smartphone users from September 27.

As per the Saudi newspaper, the application has been developed by the Hajj and Umrah Ministry with the collaboration of Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) to control the timing of rituals of those who wishes to visit Mecca and Madina in order to perform Umrah and pray at Islam’s two holiest mosques.

The Eatmarna app will be the source for all the visitors to plan their pilgrimage, along with the options to make reservations of optional services in order to do the rituals in comfort. To restrict the spread of coronavirus, the app also contains precautionary measures and protective protocols that are approved by the Ministry of Health and other authorities.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia resumed the Umrah pilgrimage gradually from October 4 after seven long months of suspension due to coronavirus outbreak.

In the first phase towards normalization “6,000 citizens and residents within the Kingdom will be allowed to perform the Umrah per day from October 4”, the Hajj and Umrah Ministry released a statement through official Saudi Press Agency.

After the successful implementation in October, the Saudi administration revealed its plan to increase the capacity from 6,000 to 20,000 per day in November. Apart from that visitors from outside of the Kingdom will be allowed to perform Umrah starting from 1st November.

Eatmarna is directly related to Saudi Covid-19 app Tawakkalna

The Eatmarna app is directly related to the application Tawakkalna which was launched by the Ministry of Health to stop the COVID-19 from spreading.

The ministry said in a statement: “This step would consist of a number of procedures, including providing a guarantee that the pilgrim or visitor is free from coronavirus.

“The application enables pilgrims and visitors to select the appropriate time for performance of the rituals in accordance with the available dates, as well as to choose the accompanying services that they wish to be made available for them such as choosing the means of transportation, gathering points and service centers.”

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