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Mecca, Medina grand mosques to expand translation service for live broadcasts

| 09 April, 2019
Mecca, Medina grand mosques to expand translation service for live broadcasts
Photo: A Muslim pilgrim reads prayers as he circles the Kaaba during Tawaf al- Ifada during the annual haj pilgrimage at the grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca , Saudi Arabia August 23, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Saudi Arabian authorities aim to increase the number of languages for live broadcasts at the grand mosque in Mecca and the Prophet’s mosque in Medina, reported state news agency SPA.

The General Presidency for the Grand Holy Mosque and the Prophet’s Holy Mosque Affairs wants to increase the number of languages from five currently to ten, according to SPA.

The authority’s department of languages and translation currently overlooks the translation of sermons in Arabic into Bahasa Indonesia, English, French, Persian and Urdu.

They are available to worshippers and pilgrims on wireless frequencies.

The expansion of translation services is to serve the expected increase in pilgrim numbers in line with Vision 2030 that set a goal of 30 million foreign pilgrims per year by 2030.

6.5 million pilgrims travelled to Saudi Arabia for umrah in 2017.

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