Plan to shade the Mataf Area
Pilgrims of Hajj and Umrah and the guests at the House of Allah, carrying out the ritual of circumambulation (tawaaf) of the Holy Ka’aba or performing the prayers in its proximity may anticipate to get a release from the intense heat and burning sun, especially during the extreme summer months, as a proposal has been under consideration to cover the Mataf area to provide shade.
A meeting was held in the office of Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, who is the head of Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques, where he saw the representatives of the Ministry of Finance, in the presence of the Grand Mosque projects committee. The local media reported that the meeting discussed the matter of shading the Mataf area.
At the Prophet’s Mosque, the flower-like umbrellas are a huge appeal for the visitors and pilgrims besides their utility in a way of sheltering from direct exposure to sunlight, particularly in the harsh summer.
The ventures that were reviewed at the meeting involved separate gateway for elevators, the library of the Holy Mosque, electromechanical systems for the Masaa expansion and re-waterproofing of the surface of the King Fahd expansion and surface of the Masaa, which underwent some damage while the expansion of the Mataf was being executed.
Other matters that got discussed in the meeting were the documents of Autocad; videos during the extension work, before and after; detailed images, before initiating the third phase of expansion.
Preparation of the headquarters of the project of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for simultaneous real-time translation of sermons and speeches, electricity supply in the mezzanine of the Masaa, and deployment of the security cameras at the entrances, were also conversed in the meeting.