As the birthplace of the final prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), Makkah is considered as the holiest city in Islam. Makkah is home of Kaaba, as well as being the direction of Muslim prayer. Once a year, Makkah is becoming the spiritual journey of millions of pilgrims known as the Hajj, which is obligatory for all able Muslims.
Adhering to Saudi Vision 2030 in serving Hajj and Umrah visitors, in promoting culture and entertainment of the Kingdom, and in achieving environmental sustainibility, that’s all why we created BeThere Makkah.
We launched BeThere Makkah 1.0, as the first-ever virtual reality experience of Makkah, works with the HTC Vive. For now, BeThere Makkah is the most realistic introduction to Makkah, helping the pilgrims to learn about the history of Makkah, expect the crowd during Hajj, relive their spiritual journey. It also allows everyone around the world who couldn’t visit Makkah due to its policy to explore the Holy City. Currently, BeThere Makkah is used for cultural events, exhibitions, conventions, as used by the Ministry of Hajj and. In the future, we have a plan to make BeThere Makkah as Hajj and Umrah training to prevent any mistakes in the rites of Hajj and Umrah and avoid any accidents. Also, BeThere Makkah could be a great resource for research purpose in enhancing the service of Hajj and Umrah, such as crowd management, logistic distribution, human error during Hajj and Umrah, et cetera.