Development to ease pilgrimage on fast track

By BADEA ABU AL-NAJA | ARAB NEWS

The expansion of the Jamrat project in Mina is considered one of the largest projects in the history of the holy site.

The project, implemented over five phases at a cost of about SR4.2 billion, primarily focused on providing space for the faithful to carry out one of the major rituals of the Haj in safety.

Planned and conceived to provide high safety for the pilgrims, it also has taken into account emergencies. Apart from the many clinics and singular routes for the Red Crescent ambulances in this area, it has helipads for helicopters to land and take off during rescue and emergency operations.

The project is composed of four stories in addition to the ground floor accommodating more than four million pilgrims. Spacious plazas were built in the Jamrat area to accommodate hundreds of thousands of pilgrims at the same time. The plazas were supplied with an automatic cleaning system.

A frequent train transport system was introduced in the Jamrat area to transport pilgrims from their tents in Mina to the Jamrat Bridge to stone the Satan as part of the Haj rituals. From there, the train takes them to the Grand Mosque to complete their rituals. The bridge was linked to the pilgrims’ tents at the bottom of mountains in Mina. Within the development of the Jamrat area, a number of medical clinics were established to provide health services to the pilgrims. Lifts were also built to take pilgrims to different levels of the Jamrat area that has 12 entry points and a similar number of exits. All five levels are air-conditioned.

In addition, there’s a system to spray jets of water in the air in order to bring the temperatures down when the mercury soars. The cooling system is geared to keep the temperatures at an average of 29 degrees Celsius.

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