Google streams live Hajj event from Mecca

With 2.5 million Muslims expected to offer their annual Islamic ritual of the Hajj on November 5 in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Google has hit upon the idea of covering the event live.

The Hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam, “requires all Muslims around the world who are able-bodied and can afford it to perform the pilgrimage once in their lifetime.”

For the first time Google has partnered with the Saudi Ministry of Culture and Information’s YouTube channel to telecast the event live to millions of people from around the world. It will also be interactive allowing viewers to comment on the event by tuning in via video.Najeeb Jarrar, product marketing manager

Earlier this year, Google worked with the Saudi Ministry of Culture to broadcast Islamic prayers live during Ramadan from the Holy Mosque in Mecca for the first time. Now, Google said it is able to live stream the Hajj on YouTube for the first time.

The stream will be live on Saturday, November 5 at

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