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Robots at Makkah's Grand Mosque guide pilgrims with rituals

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By US Desk
Fri, 11, 21

There is the option of adding instant translation, remote communication with sheikhs, and setting directives in different languages...

Robots at Makkahs Grand Mosque guide pilgrims with rituals

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The General Presidency for the affairs of the Grand Holy Mosque and the Prophet's Holy Mosque offers several smart services and technologies for visitors of the Two Holy Mosques in a bid to develop the level of services it offers for visitors of the Grand Holy Mosque.

Smart technology, including a touchscreen robot, is being used to serve visitors The four-wheeled robot helps people to perform their rituals, offers Ifta services, and answers questions. There is the option of adding instant translation, remote communication with sheikhs, and setting directives in different languages.

The remote-controlled robot supports 11 languages including Arabic, English, French, Russian, Persian, Turkish, Chinese, Bengali and Hausa. It has a 21-inch touchscreen that can be used to deal with visitors’ issues of concern, such as guiding and expressing an opinion, and a smart stoppage system that allows it to move easily and flexibly.

Man banned from all-you-can-eat BBQ for eating too much

Robots at Makkahs Grand Mosque guide pilgrims with rituals

A Chinese food live-streamer says he has been blacklisted from a grill buffet restaurant for eating too much. Mr Kang ate 1.5kg of pork trotters during his first visit and 3.5kg to 4kg of prawns on another visit. He thinks the restaurant is “discriminatory” against people who can eat a lot. “I can eat a lot - is that a fault?” adding that he didn't waste any of the food.

But the restaurant owner said that Mr Kang was putting him out of pocket. “Every time he comes here, I lose a few hundred yuan,” he said. “Even when he drinks soy milk, he can drink 20 or 30 bottles. When he eats the pork trotters, he consumes the whole tray of them. And for prawns, usually people use tongs to pick them up, he uses a tray to take them all.”

He added that he is banning all live-streamers from the restaurant.

Some have said that the restaurant should not be an all-you-can-eat restaurant if they can’t afford it, while others felt sorry for the restaurant owner.

Last year the Chinese government started cracking down on eating influencers, and such videos may be banned altogether in the country. It came after President Xi Jinping called on people to “fight against food waste” amid rising concerns over food shortages.