New water-cooling system tested in Mina

The unique water cooling system introduced by Mutawwify Hujjaj South Asia and Jsour Al Garbia Trading Est. (AN Photo/Mahad Mohamed)
Updated 13 August 2019
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New water-cooling system tested in Mina

MINA: The Mutawwify Hujjaj South Asia Establishment, along with Jsour Al Garbia trading, introduced a water-cooling system to one of their camps in Mina this year.

Cold drinking water is one of the most sought-after commodities in many of Mina’s camps, and a lot of money and effort is wasted trying to transport and keep ice stocks in supply in the camps, according to spokesman Waheeb Ismail Badr.

“We are doing a trial run of this machine that we brought in from China,” he told Arab News, adding it was the first of its kind to be introduced in Mina. “This machine ensures that we no longer have to deal with the issues that come along with trying to keep ice stocked in the camps. As such, the backup stock of ice we brought in on August 8 has barely been touched.”

The cooling system was the result of two years of study and research. The water, which is supplied by the government, goes through the device’s filtration system and emerges cold and refreshing, available to pilgrims at just the turn of a knob.

Engineer Nader Abduljawwad explained how the system worked. “The device is powered by electricity, and we can control the number of compressors that are on at any given time to control how cold the water is, whether we want it icy cold or just cool depends on how many are running,” he told Arab News. “The device is connected to pipes that ensure that the water is distributed all over the camp.”

The system delivers between five and eight thousand liters of water an hour to all of the distribution areas of the camp and pilgrims can collect the water from any of the designated campsite areas.

Both Badr and Abduljawwad were delighted to say they had faced no problems with the system so far, and hoped the successful trial run would encourage other camps to look for similar solutions to deal with ice-related issues. “The machine is effective, doesn’t take up that big of a space, and uses about as much electricity as a regular air conditioner,” said Abduljawwad.

 

 


Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

Updated 23 August 2019
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Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

  • The museum has issued more than 44 books and publications on Madinah’s architecture

MADINAH: Dar Al-Madinah Museum offers visitors the opportunity to view historical pieces associated with the Prophet’s life. It features artifacts that capture the history, heritage, social life and culture of Madinah.

The museum’s executive director, Hassan Taher, said that it aims to promote the noble values of the Prophet Muhammad, encourage a sense of belonging and capture the history, culture and heritage of Madinah. The exhibits start with the Prophet’s life and end with the Saudi era.

Taher said: “The museum carries out specialized research in Madinah’s architectural heritage. It contains a library of relevant books, research and magazines, all of which are accessible to researchers.”

He said that the museum has issued more than 44 books and publications on Madinah’s architecture.

Taher explained that when preparing the museum’s narrative, it was necessary to reconcile temporal and spatial contexts so they created an added moral and intellectual value for the visitor.

He added: “There are around 2,000 artifacts in the museum’s exhibition halls. These include antiquities, extremely accurate models, handicrafts, manuscripts, documents, correspondence, old publications, postage stamps, photographs and artworks.”

One of the museum’s most valuable exhibits is a large collection of rare pieces associated with important moments in the Prophet’s life and the history of Madinah. 

These include various parts of the Kaaba, rare coins used in Madinah during different eras, ancient pottery, Islamic manuscripts, jewelry and collectibles from the pre-Islamic era.

Taher said that the museum has a professional team of guides who speak several languages, including English, Turkish, Urdu and Malay.