Two cooling stations installed inside the Grand Mosque say Saudi officials
An air filtration process has been put in place to ensure air is processed nine times before it is released
Saudi officials have announced the installation of two cooling plants inside the Grand Mosque in Makkah. The cooling stations are part of the Kingdom’s efforts to provide quality services to visitors and pilgrims at the holy mosques using the latest technologies including ultraviolet light air purification technology.
According to a report by the Saudi Press Agency, the Ajyad station has a production capacity of 35,300 refrigeration tonnes (RT), while the new central station has a capacity of 120,000 RT.
Mohsen Al Salami, the director of Operation and Maintenance Administration of the General Presidency explained, “The new central station is currently feeding the Third Saudi Expansion as well as half of Mas’a (area for the ritual of Sa’i between Safa and Marwa). Once fully completed, this station will feed all facilities of the Grand Mosque in the future.”
Commenting on the Ajyad station, he noted that of the total 35,300 RT output, only about 24,500 RT is being currently used.
As part of its elaborate preparations, the General Presidency makes available back-up cooling stations besides the main ones to maintain the desired temperatures, in case of malfunction, and ensure the indoor air quality inside the Grand Mosque, he added.
According to him, the filtration process is performed nine times a day before releasing the well-treated fresh air into the mosque. “This ensures 100% air purity is carried out in three stages, namely: moving air into filters using fans, capturing pollutants and particles and then pushing back clean air into the space,” he concluded.
Saudi had suspended travel from UK on 3 February. Is this still the case and have they announced any dates when it would be lifted. Can you travel to Saudi from UK if you have had both doses of your covid vaccine?
Saudia airlines says it completed preparations to operate flights to 71 destinations from 95 airports
Interior ministry said a ban on travel to countries where the virus is not under control still stands
Updated 17 May 2021
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s passport authority on Sunday said it was ready to operate international flights at full capacity at the Kingdom’s land border crossings, sea and air ports, as a travel ban is set to end on Monday.
The Ministry of Interior announced that citizens would be permitted to travel and all ports would reopen as of 1 a.m.
The General Directorate of Passports said those wishing to travel outside the Kingdom are required to follow the instructions issued by the interior ministry depending on what category they fall into.
The categories include those who have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, those who received one dose at least two weeks prior to travel, those recovering from the virus within six months from the date of travel, and citizens under 18-years-old provided they present a travel insurance policy approved by the Saudi Central Bank (SAMA), covering the risks of COVID-19 outside the Kingdom before travel.
Saudi Arabian Airlines said it has completed preparations to operate flights to 71 destinations from 95 airports, including 28 domestic and 43 international destinations.
The airline said since the beginning of the pandemic, it has operated more than 100,000 flights and transported more than 10 million passengers.
Its fleet is regularly sterilized using UVC disinfection systems and all crew have been vaccinated.
The General Authority of Civil Aviation said that around 385 flights are expected to operate throughout the Kingdom’s airports on Monday.
Meanwhile, the interior ministry said travel to a number of countries, directly or via another country, is still banned without prior permission.
In January, the ministry banned travel to Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Iran, Turkey, Armenia, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Belarus, and India were the outbreak is till not under control or were the mutated strain is being spread.
Preliminary investigations by police revealed that the perpetrator was a 40-year-old Saudi national, according to the newspaper Al-Watan
May 22, 2021
JEDDAH: A Saudi security officer has been hailed a “hero” after stepping in to stop a baton-wielding man attempting to attack an imam at the Grand Mosque in Makkah.
The attack at one of Saudi Arabia’s holiest sites was halted amid dramatic scenes caught on live television on Friday.
Police investigating the incident later revealed that the attacker claimed to be the “awaiting Mahdi (Messiah).”
Security officer Mohammed Al-Zahrani intercepted the man and wrestled him to the ground as he charged at the imam.
The attacker was removed from the mosque with the help of other officers.
Al-Zahrani has been hailed a “hero” and thanked by Saudis for his efforts across social media.
Dressed in an ihram, the traditional white cloth worn by pilgrims visiting the Grand Mosque, the attacker was seen on live television charging at the minbar pulpit as Sheikh Bandar Baleelah, one of the Grand Mosque imams, delivered the Friday sermon.
A pious lady saw a dream, She saw Rasulullah SAS standing at a distance in hram, a dead body wrapped in kafan is lying on ground between him and me. I asked "whose body is this". Rasulullah SAS said, "this is Hazrath Usman's RA. Help me to bury it in jannatul baqee".
She asked the tabeer of this dream. Shaykh said, "today haya has left Haram". Next day we got the news that improperly dressed female security guards are deployed in mataaf.
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In Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur media reported that those selected for Haj this year, will be given Pfizer-BioTech and AstraZeneca vaccines
Saudi Arabia is all set for Hajj 2021. Due to pandemic, several stringent measures are being laid in place to contain the spread of infection during the annual Islamic pilgrimage.
Hajj and Umrah Ministry said that Hajj will go ahead this year with all necessary health and security measures in place. Standard regulations will be in place to safeguard the health and well-being of the pilgrims.
Hajj pilgrimage comes under the jurisdiction of Saudi Arabia. 2 doses of covid vaccine approved by the governance of Saudi Arabia is mandatory for anyone wanting to step foot into the country. Pfizer, Astrazeneca, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson’s are the only vaccines considered valid here. This year they have decided to allow 60,000 pilgrims only. However, they haven’t approved the vaccines manufactured in India and China.
Pakistan has requested the Saudi authorities to add Chinese vaccines Sinopharm and Sinovac in the approved list as majority of Pakistanis are administered Chinese jabs. Meanwhile, Malaysia has begun vaccination drive for Hajj pilgrims separately.
In Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur media reported that those selected for Haj this year, will be given Pfizer-BioTech and AstraZeneca vaccines as they have been approved by Saudi Arabia.
These are the rules laid by Saudi Arabia for Hajj pilgrimage:
1. People under the age of 18 and above 60 years won’t be eligible
2. Pilgrims must have completed both doses of covid vaccine before starting for Hajj and pilgrims of foreign origin should have taken Saudi approved vaccines.
3. A negative PCR test conducted 40 hours before dispatching to the area of pilgrimage in Saudi-approved laboratories is another condition announced by Riyadh.
4. Hajj pilgrimage should be done by following strict health protocols and guidelines.
5. The pilgrim shouldn’t have a history of sickness or hospitalization prior 6 months from the date of travel.
Last year, Saudi Arabia allowed very few pilgrims for Hajj. Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam and a must for able-bodied Muslims at least once in their lifetime. Only around 10,000 residents of Saudi Arabia were allowed last year. On the contrary, 2.5 million Muslims from around the world had taken Hajj pilgrimage in 2019
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said it will limit registration for this year’s Hajj pilgrimage to citizens and residents of the Kingdom in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
The ministries of health and Hajj announced Saturday that a total of 60,000 pilgrims will be allowed to perform the pilgrimage this year.
It stressed that those wishing to perform Hajj must be free of any chronic diseases, and to be within the ages from 18 to 65 years for those vaccinated against the virus according to the kingdom’s vaccination measures.
Hajj pilgrims should be fully vaccinated, or those who took one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before, or those who are vaccinated after recovering from coronavirus infection.
The decision is “based on the Kingdom’s constant keenness to enable the guests and visitors at the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque to perform the rituals of Hajj and Umrah,” the ministry said. “The Kingdom puts human health and safety first.”
This cannot be undone and I am sure it will be greatly appreciated.
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