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MAKKAH: Saudi Arabia’s General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques is sparing no effort in its efforts to clean and disinfect the Grand Mosque despite the Kingdom seeing a steady decline in COVID-19 cases.

Mohammed Al-Jabri, Under-Secretary-General of the Services, Field Affairs and Environmental Protection Agency, said a series of preventive measures will ensure a healthy and safe environment for pilgrims to perform their rituals.

There is constant monitoring of disinfection and sanitation operations, as well as transport and other services provided at the gates of the Grand Mosque.

The mosque has 25,000 mats, while around 4,000 male and female workers and 11 smart robots are employed to disinfect and sanitize the site around the clock.

Commenting on the cleaning machines, Al-Jabri said, “The agency uses more than 840 equipment and machines to purify and sanitize the Grand Mosque. It also monitors environmental prevention and infection control operations by equipping several teams to sanitize all areas of the Grand Mosque, including outdoor courtyards, toilets, floors and carpets.

He added: “There are 8,000 electric and ordinary golf carts to serve pilgrims, including 5,000 ordinary golf carts and nearly 3,000 electric carts, which are disinfected before and after use.”

To ensure a smooth and organized movement of pilgrims, the agency has assigned supervisors to each of the 150 gates of the Grand Mosque to receive worshipers and guide them to prayer areas and the various entry and exit points of the Haram. .

11 intelligent robots are employed to disinfect and sanitize the site around the clock.

Security guards have also been posted around the mosque to ensure that pilgrims are not disturbed by others engaging in prohibited activities, such as smoking, selling items or begging.

Al-Jabri said: “The agency has equipped the area with all the necessary services, including Zamzam water tanks, air conditioning, cabinets for copies of the Quran, a sound system, lighting systems , carpets, toilets, in addition to operating numerous escalators that transport worshipers and the elderly to all available floors.

“Agency employees monitor the entrance and exit of the faithful, ensure their safety, direct them to designated spaces to perform prayers, and organize walkways and corridors, with the participation of the competent authorities, according to the plans. prepared in advance to facilitate the movement of those heading for northern expansion with ease.

Al-Jabri said the agency distributes more than 2 million bottles of Zamzam water daily and more than 25,000 Zamzam containers are functional throughout the Grand Mosque, including 2,500 water points in the extension. north.

The agency also provides the funeral prayer area with a sufficient supply of Zamzam water containers and oversees the distribution of Zamzam water bottles in the courtyard for pilgrims, while ensuring that the carts and containers are constantly disinfected.

More than 50 random samples are taken daily from different locations inside the Grand Mosque to ensure that Zamzam water is safe to drink.

The agency issued 2,000 permits to provide meals to worshipers inside the Grand Mosque and 70 for the mosque’s outer courtyards, Al-Jabri said.