As the largest annual gathering of Muslims around the globe to perform Hajj at Makkah, Saudi Arabia is getting nearby, good news surfaced for those who are scared of the hot and moist weather of the Holy City.
A Saudi engineer has invented an air-conditioned umbrella ‘Makkah Umbrella’ which uses solar energy or batteries to assist Hajj pilgrims avoid dehydration and heat exhaustion as temperatures soar over 40°C in the Holy Sites.
The ‘Makkah Umbrella’ is a lightweight (610 gram only) entity making it easy to use. It has a dual-speed fan and can easily be connected to any water bottle installed in the canopy with a hand pump to push the water to the sprinklers.
Describing his invention, Mohammed Hamid Sayegh, a resident of Makkah, said during the official launch of his invention in Jeddah, “The demand for umbrellas has soared over the past years due the high heat and most of the foreign pilgrims from Europe, Asia and other parts of the world prefer to use umbrellas during their Hajj journey.”
He further said, “The Makkah Umbrella is able to work long hours by spraying water through the pumps. It is characterised by high capacities and is economic in water consumption making it an ideal choice for pilgrims, especially during this year and years which will witness unprecedented rise in temperature.”
Raed Matar, marketing and sales manager of “Makkah Umbrella” was happy with the arrival of this umbrella this year which was made in China in order to create an appropriate atmosphere in the holy sites, the Saudi Gazette reported.
He also noted that this unique umbrella will not only be used by pilgrims but also others in this hot weather. Sayegh has already registered his invention at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST).