The hajj has taken on a high-tech dimension in recent years with the emergence of mobile phone apps designed to help pilgrims. AFP / FETHI BELAID
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to tech to boost hajjThe hajj pilgrimage underway in Mecca has been accelerating the growth of digital worship and spawning a slew of religious apps, tablet Korans and faith-based gadgets. Almost 2.5 million Muslims have traveled to Mecca in western Saudi Arabia, closed to non-Muslims, for the religious gathering, which is one of the world's largest and most logistically complex.The hajj has taken on an increasingly high-tech dimension in recent years with the emergence of mobile phone apps designed to help pilgrims from around the world navigate their experience.The authorities have also increasingly turned to technology to improve the hajj experience and avoid incidents like the stampede that claimed some 2,300 lives earlier in 2015 .
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