ARAFAT: Arab News has been helping keep some of the 2.5 million pilgrims attending Hajj protected from the unrelenting sun.
Teams of volunteers have been handing out free umbrellas to passing pilgrims so they can shelter as the sun beats down on them during their spiritual journey.
And the umbrellas came in extra handy on Saturday as the sky filled with large clouds and spilled out with a torrential downpour.
#Hajj pilgrims rushed for cover from the heavy rain, while many offered prayers and others came to the aid of those who needed help and offered clothes to shelter from the downpour https://t.co/08D4qWMEJ4 pic.twitter.com/gc7hutUdHN
— Arab News (@arabnews) August 10, 2019
There are people stationed along the route to Mount Arafat handing out water and light snacks as the pilgrims pass by.
And Jabal Al-Rahmah hospital is just meters away from the mountain in case the heat of the midday sun became too hot to handle.