Today, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is on a challenging mission. The country has embarked on an ambitious program designed to create a successful nation leveraging the unique capabilities of the land and its people – Vision 2030. The upcoming decade will reveal to the world a dream country with a thriving economy where each citizen is guaranteed proper living standards.
Vision 2030 sets 96 strategic objectives that are planned to be reached with 13 dedicated programs. The programs cover essentially all aspects of life – housing, finance, industrial development, culture, religion. One of the goals that Vision 2030 expects to achieve is the popularization of the Islamic culture and attraction of tourists to this wonderful country. Within the scope of realization of the Vision 2030 programs, Saudi Arabia hopes to welcome as many as 100 million tourists per year by 2030.
What can VRwecare offer to Vision 2030?
The VRwecare project is designed to make the powerful capabilities of virtual reality serve people in many areas. We are used to virtual reality as a platform for games and training, while, in fact, the opportunities it offers are much wider.
VRwecare started with a healthcare-oriented product using virtual reality for pain and anxiety control. However, we see a much broader circle of its possible uses, many of which can contribute to the cause of Vision 2030.
The main concept of virtual reality is the creation of imaginary worlds with the sense of complete immersion and detachment of the real surroundings. This is the concept that we are going to place at the core of our VR applications for Vision 2030. We will create virtual worlds showcasing the beauty of Saudi Arabia and the richness of its centuries-old culture.
If somebody cannot travel to Saudi Arabia right now but is considering such a trip in the future, we can bring Saudi Arabia to them to convince them that it is well worth visiting. Our VR app can contain exciting excursions to the most famous places of Saudi Arabia – Al Wahbah volcanic crater, the Canyon of Wadi Tayyib Al-Ism, Al Ahsa oasis, Historic Jeddah and the Gate to Mecca, Masmak Fortress in Riyadh, the sandy beaches of Umluj, etc.
The application can either serve as a virtual guide or just leave the user alone with the beauty of this exotic land. The high quality of VR images and objects and the unprecedented level of detail create the sensation of almost physical presence. What we cannot, unfortunately, recreate is the warm sun, the salty sea breeze, and the hot breath of the desert. Well, for that, people will need to come to Saudi Arabia in the real world.
Popularization of Islam in Saudi Arabia and beyond
A VRwecare product becomes a great tool of Islam popularization with VR applications for education and relaxation. A virtual trip to Mecca and Medina will prepare the worshipper for an actual visit. An application can also include rules of visiting these Holy Cities during Hajj and Ramadan, so that when the worshipper gets there in reality, they can immerse themselves fully in the sacred experience.
A dedicated application for children will teach them the fundamentals of Islam, helping them embrace the religion by learning its concept, traditions, and rituals. Highly visual virtual content makes learning even more exciting.
Prayer and relaxation
In Islam, it is extremely important to say the prayers at particular times during the day. Many Muslims lead active lives filled with work, travel, negotiations, and other activities. It can sometimes be difficult to find a place of peace and quiet that the prayer requires. Virtual reality can become such a place, and everyone can transfer there immediately from wherever they are in the real world – an airport lounge, a waiting room in a hospital, a hotel room, an office. Just put on a VR headset – and you are alone with your prayer.
We have already developed our VR Quran application containing 114 chapters of the Quran and different duaa’s recited by well-known readers. For young users, the application offers duaa’s recital by children.
The visual component of VR Quran is exciting and inspiring. When you put on the headset, you find yourself on top of the famous Jebel Fihrayn, a cliff soaring high in the middle of the desert not far from Riyadh. This place is also known as the Edge of the World for the uninterrupted view of the horizon it offers. A perfect place for a quiet prayer.
The application allows choosing any surah or duaa and selecting the environment where the user will be, for example, Madain Saleh or Jebel Fihrayn.
The application is specially developed to create an appropriate mood for prayer. A 360-degree view of the beautiful Arabian desert, the endless sky, the rising or setting sun, the quiet environment, the voice reciting the holy texts – such an experience is sure to leave the worshipper in an elevated and peaceful spirit.
Such a product can take Islam popularization across the entire territory of Saudi Arabia and beyond – to UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, and all Muslim countries. The Islam awareness and its prestige will grow. The product is aimed at the Middle East audience with the default language set to Arabic.
Let’s work together
We are sure that our VRwecare product can help Saudi Arabia reach a number of key goals set in the Vision 2030 program. Contact us to learn more about the possibilities that virtual reality opens and to request a demo of our product.