Saudi officials unveiled the “Virtual Black Stone” program, an experiment that duplicates the real-life experience of visitors to Mecca’s Great Mosque approaching the Black Stone in the Kaaba.
“The General President of the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque, Sheikh Dr. Abdul Rahman bin Abdulaziz Al-Sudais, launched in his office at the presidency the ‘Virtual Black Stone Initiative’ launched by the Agency for Exhibitions and Museums Affairs,” according to the official Saudi Press Agency.
The initiative’s goal is to combine virtual reality (VR) and digital experiences to imitate real-world situations.”
“It is critical to creating a virtual simulation environment to imitate the greatest number of senses possible, to reach all corners of the world through the virtual world, and it simulates reality with clarity and sincerity,” Al-Sudais said.
“Given the capabilities and generous support provided by our enlightened leadership,” Al-Sudais said, “the Two Holy Mosques contain a significant religious and historical status, which must be digitized and transmitted to everybody.”