Video-sharing website YouTube announced on Wednesday that it will be live-streaming the annual Hajj pilgrimage for the first time.
In a statement posted on their website, YouTube said that collaboration with the Saudi Ministry of Culture and Information made this venture possible. Millions of viewers from around the world be able to watch the Muslim pilgrimage video as it happens in the holy city of Mecca.
The stream will be live on Saturday, November 5 at http://www.youtube.com/hajjlive.
The annual Hajj pilgrimage which will peak on Saturday as the faithful gather in the plain of Mount Arafat, outside Mecca in the kingdom’s west, is the world’s largest annual gathering.
An estimated 2.5 million pilgrims are gathering in Mecca this year — 1.8 million from abroad and 700,000-800,000 from inside Saudi Arabia.