New water-cooling system tested in Mina

The unique water cooling system introduced by Mutawwify Hujjaj South Asia and Jsour Al Garbia Trading Est. (AN Photo/Mahad Mohamed)
Updated 13 August 2019

New water-cooling system tested in Mina

MINA: The Mutawwify Hujjaj South Asia Establishment, along with Jsour Al Garbia trading, introduced a water-cooling system to one of their camps in Mina this year.

Cold drinking water is one of the most sought-after commodities in many of Mina’s camps, and a lot of money and effort is wasted trying to transport and keep ice stocks in supply in the camps, according to spokesman Waheeb Ismail Badr.

“We are doing a trial run of this machine that we brought in from China,” he told Arab News, adding it was the first of its kind to be introduced in Mina. “This machine ensures that we no longer have to deal with the issues that come along with trying to keep ice stocked in the camps. As such, the backup stock of ice we brought in on August 8 has barely been touched.”

The cooling system was the result of two years of study and research. The water, which is supplied by the government, goes through the device’s filtration system and emerges cold and refreshing, available to pilgrims at just the turn of a knob.

Engineer Nader Abduljawwad explained how the system worked. “The device is powered by electricity, and we can control the number of compressors that are on at any given time to control how cold the water is, whether we want it icy cold or just cool depends on how many are running,” he told Arab News. “The device is connected to pipes that ensure that the water is distributed all over the camp.”

The system delivers between five and eight thousand liters of water an hour to all of the distribution areas of the camp and pilgrims can collect the water from any of the designated campsite areas.

Both Badr and Abduljawwad were delighted to say they had faced no problems with the system so far, and hoped the successful trial run would encourage other camps to look for similar solutions to deal with ice-related issues. “The machine is effective, doesn’t take up that big of a space, and uses about as much electricity as a regular air conditioner,” said Abduljawwad.

 

 


Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

Updated 22 October 2019

Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

  • “We share common values,” said Majid Al-Qasabi

TOKYO: Saudi Arabia has a “special relationship” with Japan, which is “reliable strategic partner and friend” of the Kingdom, the Saudi Minister for Commerce and Investment Majid Al-Qasabi said on Monday.

The minister was speaking at the launch in Tokyo of the Japanese-language online edition of Arab News, in the latest stage of its global expansion. The event came on the eve of Tuesday’s ceremonial enthronement of Emperor Naruhito in the Japanese capital. “This is a great opportunity, a moment in history,” Al-Qasabi said.

The news website, published in Japanese and English, will focus on enabling the exchange of information between Japan and the Arab world in business, current affairs, and arts and culture. “It will be good to have news in Japanese so many Japanese can read about the Arab world,” Japan’s Defense Minister Taro Kono said at the launch.

Common values

“We share common values, we have a high respect for the elders and we think that the family is very important … to me we are friends and I think we need to work together.

“In order to do that we need to know what people in the Middle East are actually thinking, what is happening on a daily basis, and we haven’t got the source for that — but now Arab News is in Japan.

“This is a very good means to exchange information between the Middle East and Japan, so I am very much looking forward to it.”