Travelers visiting Makkah to perform Umrah during the holy month of Ramadan will find their tours smoother and safer, thanks to the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah’s Eatmarna app.
Eatmarna, which translates to “let’s perform Umrah”, was originally developed to manage visitation during the pandemic when social distancing regulations were in place. The app’s success in ensuring equal access to all worshipers and providing a smooth and seamless experience led the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah to continue its use after restrictions were lifted.
“Eatmarna uses modern technology to ensure that spiritual practices that have lasted for centuries are now smoother and safer than ever, helping people enjoy their religious observances with peace of mind during this blessed time. of the year,” said Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, Minister of Hajj and Umrah.
“We understand how difficult it has been for Muslims around the world to perform Umrah during the pandemic and we are delighted to be able to welcome back the 25% of the world’s population who adhere to the Muslim faith and for whom a pilgrimage to the holy Mecca mosque is the dream of a lifetime.
The app, available free for Android, Apple and Huawei smartphones, offers Muslims a convenient way to book their Umrah ritual. The app also allows visitors to book a slot for prayer in Al-Rawdah Al-Sharifa Mosque of the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina.
Visitors to the Kingdom can register with their passport details and visa number and quickly reserve a date and time for their ritual. After showing the confirmed timeslot to the authorities, pilgrims are free to perform their religious observances.
Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia announced the removal of all COVID-related travel restrictions. Travelers no longer need to provide PCR tests or proof of vaccination to enter the country and institutional quarantine requirements have been removed.
Saudi Arabia has also reintroduced visa on arrival for holders of valid US, UK and Schengen visas, making it easier for travelers to visit the country for Umrah.
With vaccination rates approaching 99% of the Kingdom’s adult population – and with COVID-19 insurance included in all visit visas – pilgrims can rest assured that their physical health is protected.
“Prayers are again conducted safely in all mosques, including the Holy Mosque,” said Abdullah Abdulshakour, an imam at Al-Nour Mosque in Makkah. “I feel honored to call for prayer, knowing the comfort it brings to people, especially those who come to Makkah to feel connected with fellow Muslims.”
“Ramadan is one of the most popular times of year for pilgrims to perform Umrah and Muslims look forward to enjoying the experience as they did before the pandemic,” said Minister Al-Rabiah .
“This Ramadan, the traditional call to prayer will sound once more and pilgrims will once again be able to stand side by side as one global community in peace and harmony before God.”