Plan in place to distribute Zamzam water to pilgrims

The bottles will be distributed at guidance centers in Makkah to pilgrims arriving and to those returning to their home country. (Shutterstock)
Updated 07 August 2018
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Plan in place to distribute Zamzam water to pilgrims

  • The bottles will be distributed at guidance centers in Makkah to pilgrims arriving and to those returning to their home country
  • At least 134 workers have been recruited to carry out the project

JEDDAH: The United Office of Zamazemah in Makkah has prepared an operational plan to distribute Zamzam water to pilgrims during this year’s Hajj season.
The plan comprises three programs, said the office’s spokesperson. The first will focus on distributing 3.336 million 200-ml bottles at the guidance centers on the Makkah-Jeddah and Makkah-Madinah highways.
The second program will take place in Makkah, where 1.665 million Zamzam water containers will be distributed to pilgrims’ residences.
The third program, which will be implemented on the same highways as the first, will hand out 2.4 million 200-ml Zamzam water bottles to departing pilgrims.
Distributing Zamzam water to a multitude of pilgrims in Makkah is not an easy task. It is carried out by institutions established to provide water to pilgrims at their hotels every day. Zamzam water is produced by the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Zamzam Water Project, operated mainly by the National Water Company, whose plant includes four production lines with a maximum production capacity of 200,000 cans a day.
The management follows the project’s progress in order to fulfill the aspirations of the country’s leadership in providing Zamzam water to pilgrims of the Grand Mosque. The plant has a central warehouse that can accommodate 1.8 million cans. The Kudai and Al-Sabeel reservoirs can hold 26,000 cubic meters.
The project has some 300 regular workers, with additional staff hired for peak seasons to meet the increased demand from pilgrims and citizens. 


Warnings as huge sandstorms hit Riyadh and other parts of Saudi Arabia

Saudi authorities on Friday issued weather safety warnings to the public after huge sandstorms forced many residents in Riyadh and elsewhere in the Kingdom to stay indoors. (AN photo)
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Warnings as huge sandstorms hit Riyadh and other parts of Saudi Arabia

  • In Riyadh, the sandstorm started on Thursday night, limiting visibility in the capital

RIYADH: Saudi authorities on Friday issued weather safety warnings to the public after huge sandstorms forced many residents in Riyadh and elsewhere in the Kingdom to stay indoors.
Winds of up to 47 km per hour hit the Saudi capital causing widespread traffic disruption due to low visibility. And sandstorms caused similar problems in the Qassim and Eastern Province regions.
The General Authority for Meteorology and Environmental Protection forecasted the dusty conditions to hit Najran, eastern parts of the southwestern highlands, and the southern end of the western Red Sea coast.
Thunderstorms were predicted on the heights of Jazan, Asir, Baha and Makkah region, extending to the southern parts of the heights of Madinah.
In Riyadh, the sandstorm started on Thursday night, limiting visibility in the capital.
Riyadh traffic officials advised motorists to take extra care and drive slowly, and the General Directorate of Civil Defense urged residents to avoid picnicking on sands over the weekend and to stay indoors wherever possible.
Health experts warned that exposure to sandstorms caused breathing difficulties, especially for people with respiratory problems.
The maximum temperature recorded during the sandstorm was 44 degrees Celsius with a low of 29 degrees Celsius. Humidity was pegged at 9 percent.