Loofah ‘can cut Mina aircon cost’

Updated 11 October 2014

Loofah ‘can cut Mina aircon cost’

The Haj and Umrah Research Institute has issued a patent for an invention using a fibrous plant that can cut the cost of running Mina's 200,000 air-conditioners, and reduce bacteria, fungi and unwanted odors.
Atif bin Hussein Asghar, dean of the institute, said this is one of 21 patents issued that could make life easier for pilgrims and government agencies at the Haj.
Asghar said the air-conditioner invention uses loofah. This is the fruit of two species of tropical and subtropical vines. When it is ripe, the fruit is fibrous and the source of the scrubbing sponge used in bathrooms and kitchens. It is known for its osmotic qualities.
He said that other liquids would be introduced into the air-conditioners to improve the smell of cold air. Ashgar said that there has also been a patent issued for special cooling containers to keep vaccines cold for long periods, especially when in transit.
He said 31 studies, scientific programs, and research initiatives on matters related to pilgrims were implemented during the Haj season. A committee has been formed to study and prioritize submitted research.
Pollution, flooding, housing and transportation topped the agenda of the studies conducted by the institute to improve facilities for pilgrims at the holy sites. Ashgar said the media can play a positive role in creating awareness of the problems facing pilgrims at the holy sites and the Prophet’s Mosque.


Saudi Cabinet condemns Iran for not cooperating with nuclear watchdog

King Salman. (SPA)
Updated 1 min 34 sec ago

Saudi Cabinet condemns Iran for not cooperating with nuclear watchdog

  • Saudi Cabinet praised the signing of the Riyadh agreement between the internationally recognized Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council

JEDDAH: The Cabinet on Tuesday lauded the efforts of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and condemned Tehran for not cooperating with the IAEA  in providing it necessary information about its controversial nuclear program. The ministers urged Iran to cooperate with the international atomic watchdog.
King Salman briefed the Cabinet about his interactions with various head of states during the last week. The Cabinet praised the signing of the Riyadh agreement between the internationally recognized Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council. The agreement is a major step forward in resolving the conflict in Yemen, said Media Minister Turki Al-Shabanah in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency. The Cabinet also authorized several officials and ministries to discuss deals in different sectors with their respective counterparts in friendly countries.