Small army of workers keep Makkah’s Grand Mosque courtyard clean during Ramadan

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Updated 08 May 2019
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Small army of workers keep Makkah’s Grand Mosque courtyard clean during Ramadan

RIYADH: A team of more than 2,000 cleaners are working around the clock over four different shifts to keep the grand Mosque in Makkah spotless during Ramadan.
The workers manage to clean the entire holy mosque in just 45 minutes and scrubbing the white marble courtyard surrounding the Kaaba takes half an hour. Cleaning does not hinder the large amount of worshippers and visitors to the mosque, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Thirty special electric vehicles, sixty-seven machines and 400 liters of water are used to clean the courtyard surrounding the Kaaba.
A number of pilgrims and visitors to the mosque praised the efficiency of the cleaning services. Mohammed Asif, from Bangladesh, said that he was very happy with the excellent services provided and that the level of cleanliness was very high.
He told SPA he was impressed with the organised and fast way the floors of the mosque were cleaned, and the use of large amounts of rose and oud fragrance to give the mosque a pleasant smell.


Dr. Nasser bin Mohammed Al-Aqeeli, vice rector at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals

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Dr. Nasser bin Mohammed Al-Aqeeli, vice rector at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals

Dr. Nasser bin Mohammed Al-Aqeeli is the vice rector for applied studies and research at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in Dhahran.

He has been published more than 100 times in reputable journals and given lectures at more than 35 conferences. He has been involved in research grants exceeding SR120 million ($32 million) supported by companies and institutions such as the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), Saudi Aramco, KFUPM and Lockheed Martin Aircraft Industries.

Al-Aqeeli has 17 patents registered with the US Patent Office and three with the Gulf Patent Office. He got his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from KFUPM and his doctorate in materials engineering from McGill University in Canada.

He worked in the materials, science, and engineering department of MIT as a postdoctoral fellow and was a research scientist at Harvard.

Al-Aqeeli has won several awards, including the Almarai prize from KACST for creative achievement in 2015 and the Arab Creativity Award from the Arab Thought Foundation that same year. He is a member of the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society, the American Society for Metals-International, and chairman of the board at the Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering.

Female students of KFUPM represented the Kingdom at Intel ISEF 2019 in Arizona, US. They won five major awards. Shouq Faisal Madani received a scholarship from the University of Arizona. 

Commenting on the achievement of KFUPM students, Al-Aqeeli said: “We are proud of the students of the university.”

He also vowed to take measures to promote and nurture local talent.