A Pakistan startup is using virtual reality to train the pilgrims going on Hajj this year. A simulator application has been prepared by a startup called Labbaik VR. The application will provide the pilgrims with guidance on Hajj rites and give the background of sacred sites as well.
The CEO of the company Shehriar Ashraf said, “Our app is aimed at reducing the problems Hajj pilgrims are known to face. We hope to train them in a virtual environment that very closely resembles the actual sacred sites in Makkah so that when they go on the actual Hajj, they can perform the rites with ease and safety.”
Adding, “We also hope to provide a spiritual connection with the sacred sites to those who wish to perform Hajj but are unable to do so for any number of reasons. Our app can also be used for virtual tourism.”
The company of Ashraf has been training pilgrims for the past 7 years. They trained 30,000 pilgrims in 2016 alone.
Ashraf said, “Three years back, we decided to come up with a virtual reality solution to train Hajj pilgrims. Now, for the first time, we will train 5,000 pilgrims using our simulator app. We have completed talks with the religious affairs ministry for this pilot project and expect to inaugurate it next month.”
Adding, “We will also provide dongles containing the app to private Hajj organizers so they can train pilgrims they are taking on Hajj as well.”