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Saudi Arabia partners with Huawei on smart Umrah and Hajj technology

The kingdom wants to improve the pilgrimage experience for Muslims participating in Umrah and Hajj

Saudi Arabia partners with Huawei on smart Umrah and Hajj technology
The collaboration is aimed at improving the quality of digital services as well as the pilgrimage experience for Muslims participating in Umrah and Hajj.

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has collaborated with Chinese tech firm Huawei to develop smartphone apps and internet and TV channels.

The partnership was announced on the sidelines of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's visit to China, Saudi Press Agency reported.

It will also see Saudi Arabia’s General Investment Authority take part in workshops and meetings at Huawei’s headquarters.

The collaboration is aimed at improving the quality of digital services as well as the pilgrimage experience for Muslims participating in Umrah and Hajj.

Moreover, it will include the development of digital infrastructure including the construction of control rooms in pilgrim reception centres across Makkah and Madina.

Saudi Arabia reportedly signed 35 economic deals worth $28 billion with China during Crown Prince Mohammed’s visit to the country.

On Friday, Saudi Aramco agreed to form a joint venture with two Chinese firms to build a $10bn refining and petrochemical complex, which will include a 300,000 barrels a day refinery, an ethylene cracker and a paraxylene unit.

It will partner with China North Industries Group Corp, known as Norinco, and Panjin Sincen to form Huajin Aramco Petrochemical Co, Saudi Aramco said in an emailed statement.

The kingdom’s state producer will supply up to 70 percent of the crude feedstock for the complex, which is expected to start operations in 2024.

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