With Hajj being round the corner, many apps have been launched to assist people during their pilgrimage. The best among these is the upgraded version of the Manasikana app launched by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah.

Available in seven languages (Arabic, English, French, Urdu, Malay, Turkish, and Bengali) the latest version of Manasikana has many easy-to-use features.

Here are 12 features that you will find most useful

 

Directions and Locations: Locate your companions in real-time and find the route to reach them

Out of bounds services: This will help you make sure that you are within the bounds of Mina, Arafat, Muzdalifa or Haram

Offline maps: Locate places of public interest such as nearest Masjids, restaurants, restrooms, shopping malls, etc.

Emergency services: Call emergency services by simply touching a red button always visible on the screen

Money exchange and currency converter: Find the way to the nearest currency conversion centre and get up-to-date currency exchange rates

Prayer schedule and Qibla compass: Get prayer times and Qibla direction based on your location, know the time remaining for the next prayer

Weather update: Get weather alerts in Makkah, Madinah and Jeddah

News services: Get Haj and Umrah related news by the Ministry

Haj and Umrah tweets: Get up-to-date tweets from Ministry of Haj and Umrah

Translation and text to speech services: Translate any word or phrase from/to Arabic (requires Internet) and let your mobile speak the Arabic text (requires Internet)