Google announced on Wednesday it is launching a dedicated hub for the Holy month of Ramadan, offering Muslims around the world a host of new, Ramadan-specific features.
The new hub, www.google.com/ramadan, will enable users to experience the ritual of Umrah, ‘the minor pilgrimage’, with a live stream from Mecca fed through the Saudi Ministry of Culture and Information’s YouTube channel.
The hub will also help users to see how the Muslim world is celebrating Ramadan on social media. A ‘Trending Searches’ feature will show the search habits of users across the Middle East and Africa and South East Asia.
Visitors to the site will be able to search for hashtags relevant to the Holy month, such as #breakingfast, and will be able to share pictures of their Ramadan moments.
Earlier this week, social media company The Online Project released a report that showed Middle East users will increase their social media activity by 30 per cent during the Holy month.