Saudi authorities revealed, recently that the “Virtual Black Stone” initiative is an experiment that simulates the real reality of visitors to the Great Mosque of Mecca and approaching the Black Stone in the Kaaba
Tthe General President of the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque, Sheikh Dr. Abdul Rahman bin Abdulaziz Al-Sudais, has launched in his office at the presidency the ‘Virtual Black Stone Initiative’
The Agency for Exhibitions and Museums Affairs represented by the General Administration of Digital Exhibitions, in cooperation with the Institute of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. for Hajj and Umrah Research at Umm Al-Qura University. The initiative aims to use virtual reality (VR) and digital experiences that simulate real reality.”
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Al-Sudais stressed, according to what was reported by the agency, “the importance of creating a virtual simulation environment, to simulate the largest possible number of senses, such as vision, hearing, touch, even smell, to reach all the outcomes of the presidency that pertain to the Two Holy Mosques, and what the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques – may God protect him – is doing to all parts of the world.” The world, through the virtual world, simulates reality with clarity and honesty.
Al-Sudais pointed out that “the Two Holy Mosques possess a great religious and historical status, which must be digitized and communicated to all, in light of the capabilities and generous support provided by our wise leadership.”