The Saudi Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and the Communications and Information Technology Commission announced an initiative to provide a total of two million gigabytes for the two million pilgrims performing Hajj this year. The initiative is in partnership with mobile operators Saudi Telecom, Etihad Etisalat (Mobily), Mobile Telecommunication Company Saudi Arabia (Zain), Virgin Mobile, and Etihad Jawraa (Lebara).

An official statement said that the initiative was in accordance with the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz and His Highness the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman “to do everything possible to make it easy for pilgrims to perform the rituals of Hajj”.

The gift is for those who have opted to use packages — Sawa Ziyara, AlZowar, Noor, Hajj & Umrah and Iman — provided by the Kingdom’s mobile operators. Each user of these subscribers will have access to one gigabyte for 48 hours. The initiative intends to allow pilgrims to communicate with their families and enable them to access the digital services available in the Smart Hajj initiative in order to enhance their experience and allow them to take advantage of enhanced communication services.

“This initiative is just one of the efforts of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, the Communications and Information Technology Commission and all mobile service providers in the Kingdom to provide the best communication services to pilgrims during this pilgrimage season,” the statement said.

Hajj, the Islamic major pilgrimage, runs from Sunday August 19th to Friday August 24th.