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Pilgrims descend on Mecca for ‘smart hajj’

RIYADH: Two million Muslims gather in Saudi Arabia this week for the Hajj as the annual pilgrimage becomes increasingly hi-tech with apps to help the faithful navigate Islam's holiest sites. This year the Hajj comes with the ultra-conservative kingdom witnessing an unprecedented pace of change, finally ending a ban on women driving while remaining firm in the face of any dissent. One of the five pillars of the world's fastest-growing religion, the Hajj is expected to draw two million people from around the globe this…