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20 million local and international phone calls made during Hajj this week

Friday August 24, 2018 6:46 PM, News Network

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Makkah: The Saudi Communications and Information Technology Commission has reported that over 20 million calls were made in Makkah the past week, with a 99% success rate of calls going through.

In addition, over 1,476 terabytes of data have been downloaded, with a download and upload speeds of 26 and 10 Mbps respectfully.

The average daily data consumption for pilgrims in Makkah has reached 308 MB, exceeding the average daily per capita data consumption globally (150 MB).

Meanwhile for the first time during Hajj, Children’s nurseries were made available for Hajj pilgrims following the launch of a nursery service inside Makkah and Madinah. The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, launched the nursery service to provide a safe and educational environment for children under the supervision of qualified staff.

Nurseries offered shelter from large crowds and limit children’s exposure to illness or potential accidents in the holy sites. Pilgrims can perform their rituals in peace, knowing their children are in good hands, a ministry spokesman said.

Worshippers with children registered for the service during their completion of the Hajj permit application via the ministry’s electronic services. The Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labor and Social Development, and Tatweer Co. for Educational Services are also involved in the initiative.

Children were received during Hajj season starting from Dhu Al-Hijjah 7 until the 13th. They are divided according to their age groups.

Five languages were available to teach children: Arabic, English, French, Malay, and Turkish.

More than 2.3 million Muslims from over 150 countries performed Hajj this year which ended on Thursday. Following the culmination of Hajj, pilgrims will now take flights back from Jeddah airport back to their native countries.

First Hajj Flight from Jeddah to Mumbai is expected to arive on Tuesday.

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