A Dubai-based start-up has launched a smartphone application aimed at supporting millions of pilgrims during the annual Hajj in Saudi Arabia.

The app HajjSalam, with features that can run in absence of an Internet connection, offers pilgrims the real-time, location and process based support required to allow them to be more focused on the spiritual aspects of Hajj.

HajjSalam prompts pilgrims to read or hear appropriate prayers at an appropriate time and place. It informs pilgrims about the number of circuits he has made around the Kaaba, and is also compatible with complete social media integration.

The mapping features of HajjSalam are important to pilgrims, with key locations plotted on the app’s map which is equipped with full GPS functionality, during the pilgrimage in Mina, which is the largest temporary city in the world.

With the help of this app, pilgrims can see where they are in relation to the key landmarks and routes and even find the nearest mosque or hospital.

“Our goal is to help Muslims focus on the spiritual aspects of Hajj by relieving some of the pressure of the process and logistical challenges that cause so many issues,” said Ali Dabaja, founder and CEO of Hajjnet.

Dabaja founded Hajjnet in January 2012, inspired by the many stories of the Hajj pilgrimage and its challenges.

Last year, about 1.5 million pilgrims from 188 countries performed the Haj to Mecca, Islam’s holiest site.