Sprinklers ease Ramadan hardship

Updated 04 July 2014
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Sprinklers ease Ramadan hardship

Temperatures in the courtyards of the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah can reach up to 46 degrees Celsius but worshippers and those observing the fast are able to enjoy the spiritual atmosphere thanks to the efforts and services provided by the authorities there.
More than 500 giant fans equipped with sprinklers have been installed on the pillars of the umbrellas outside the mosque. The fans sprinkle water on the visitors providing welcome relief from the heat.
Abdulfatah Hafez Bakhesh, an Umrah pilgrim, said that although the temperatures in Madinah are very high these days, the fans with the sprinklers have greatly reduced the effect of the heat for visitors outside the mosque.
Saleh Saeed, another pilgrim, echoed similar sentiments when he said: “It is a known fact that Saudi Arabian summers are very hot, but this Ramadan is even hotter than usual. However, by introducing this new technology of cooling the premises of the Prophet’s Mosque with fans and sprinklers, the authorities have made it easier for the worshippers to perform prayers.” He added that “the giant fans and cold water from the sprinklers do miracles in reducing the heat.”
Abdulaziz Al-Saaidi, who is also in the Kingdom for Umrah, said that it is not only the worshippers who suffer from the high temperatures, but also the volunteers who serve the pilgrims breaking their fast. “But this technology has made it easier for everybody,” he concluded.
The technology of fans and sprinklers is part of the comprehensive plan included in the expansion projects of the two mosques in Makkah and Madinah and in line with the directives of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah to enable Haj and Umrah pilgrims to perform their rituals in ease and comfort.


Where We Are Going Today: Workout studio aims to empower Saudi women

Updated 27 April 2018
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Where We Are Going Today: Workout studio aims to empower Saudi women

  • Studio55 is about empowering women to be more in all aspects of life. It’s more than just an exercise
  • It combines spinning with yoga, pilates, TRX, zumba, core fitness and strength training all in one session

Studio55 is a boutique chain for women in Saudi Arabia with a workout studio that features a complete cross-training approach to fitness and well-being. 

It has two branches, one in Alkhobar, established in June 2015, and one in Jeddah, set up in October 2017. 

Al-Batool Baroom, Studio55’s commercial director, said that the studio’s particular approach combined spinning with yoga, pilates, TRX, zumba, core fitness and strength training all in one session.

“It is offered to all our members under one roof through our four workout zones: Ride55, Fitness55, Focus55 and Fusion55.” 

The studio also keeps track of members’ workouts through a software program called Performance IQ. 

It sends the member their workout performance statistics by email at the end of the class and stores the data on their studio profile. 

The information includes their average heart-rate, calories burnt, average RPM (in spinning classes), time and distance.

“Studio55 is about empowering women to be more in all aspects of life. It’s more than just an exercise. We work on awareness, education and community events alongside our workouts and fitness engagement,” Baroom said.

“Every now and then we invite inspiring role-models to come and give an open talk at the studio, as well as prominent instructors to give classes. Some of our guests have included Princess Reema, Raha Moharrak, Dina Al-Tayeb, Manal Rostom, Nelly Attar and Hala Alhamrani.” 

Fatima Batook, founder of Studio55, encouraged women to visit the studio to help to change their lives for the better.

“Women should come to us to be more, to get inspired by our trainers and live their lives to their full potential, achieving not only health and fitness goals but personal life goals,” she said.