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Saudi Arabia mulls Grand Mosque shading

Numerous Muslims die while performing their pilgrimage, sometimes due to searing temperatures above 40-degrees Centigrade.

Saudi Arabia mulls Grand Mosque shading
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Saudi Arabia is reportedly considering shading the area around the Holy Kaaba at the Grand Mosque.

Numerous Muslims each year die while performing their pilgrimage, including circumambulation of the black square, often due to searing temperatures above 40-degrees Centigrade.

Arab News said several projects also were discussed during a meeting between the head of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques, Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al Sudais, and representatives of the Ministry of Finance.

The projects include building a library dedicated to the Holy Mosque, a third expansion, electricity supply and security.