Saudi government launches E-bracelets to aid Hajj pilgrims

08:56 PM | 21 Jun, 2016
Saudi government launches E-bracelets to aid Hajj pilgrims
MAKKAH (Web Desk) - The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah of Saudi Arabia has launched an electronic bracelet that stores the personal information including when and where each pilgrim entered the country, and what visa number, passport number and address they used on their registration documents.

The device also includes data on pilgrims’ licensed service providers, their accommodation in Makkah, Madina and other holy sites, and the telephone numbers of those helping them, Arab News reported.

Eisa Mohammad Rawas, undersecretary for Umrah affairs at the ministry, said the new device would allow better service provision by government and private sector bodies including for those who are lost, the elderly and people who do not speak Arabic.

Rawas said the ministry consulted with travel agents and Umrah companies here and abroad before designing the bracelets.

The information can be accessed by employees of the ministry, and security and services personnel using a smartphone. It is inexpensive, lightweight, and water and scratch resistant, said Rawas.