Masjid Al-Haram in Makkah is served by the world’s largest cooling system.

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Masjid Al-Haram in Makkah is served by the world's largest cooling system.

The Grand Mosque in Makkah now boasts the largest cooling facility of its kind in the world as part of Saudi Arabia’s attempts to guarantee that worshippers carry out their rites in a cool, fresh environment inside Al-Haram. This is a part of Saudi Arabia’s attempts to offer visitors and pilgrims to the Holy Mosques top-notch services using cutting-edge technology.

Utilizing air purification equipment with ultraviolet light, the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques tries to maintain clean air inside the Grand Mosque. Nine times a day, the filtering procedure is completed before letting the clean, well-treated air into the mosque.

Three steps make up the air filtration process, which assures complete air purity: using fans to move air into filters, catching pollutants and particles, and then pushing clean air back into space.

The Ajyad station, which produces 35,300 tonnes of refrigeration, of which about 24,500 tonnes are used, and the new central station, which has a capacity of 120,000 tonnes of refrigeration, are the two largest cooling stations of their kind in the world, according to Mohsen Al-Salami, director of operation and maintenance for the presidency.

The Third Saudi Expansion and part of Mas’a (the location of the Sa’i rite between Safa and Marwa) are currently fed by the central station. In the future, this station will supply all of the Grand Mosque’s facilities.

Al-Salami added that there is routine maintenance on the air cooling system done by highly qualified engineers and technicians, and that the presidency also makes backup cooling stations available in addition to the main ones to maintain the set temperatures in case of malfunction and ensure the purity of the air inside the Grand Mosque.

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