Virtual Visits to Makkah, Madinah in Ramadan

As world Muslim prepare for the holy month of Ramadan, a new app allowing millions of Muslims to easily navigate the two holy mosques in Makkah and Madinah has been released.

The 3D application, V Makkah, is developed by Se-ma-phore Studio. It allows users to take an interactive tour inside the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, Iqna reported.

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They can also virtually visit nearby locations such as Mount Arafat, Jamaraat Bridge, Muzdalifah area and exhibitions held in the holy cities.

The app is available in seven languages: Arabic, English, Turkish, Persian, Urdu, Malay and Indonesian.

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There are other previous breakthroughs for Muslims in this field.

An app was released in August 2016, Manasik VR, to provide a first impression of Makkah for newcomers.

A similar VR app, launched in 2014, is Makkah 3D which was initially developed by Brainseed Factory and has now moved to Bigitec, a Germany-based company.

Another company from Tatarstan hopes to tap the market is Miradj360 VR.  

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