3,500 workers, 89 machines sterilize Grand Mosque daily

Workers were sterilizing the Grand Mosque (Masjid al-Haram) in Makkah. (Saudi Gazette)

Jakarta (Indonesia Window) – About 3,500 workers and 89 machines are being used daily to sterilize the Grand Mosque (Masjid al-Haram) in Makkah, the Saudi Pres Agency (SPA) said in a report on Saturday (April 4).

The report said over 2,160 liters of environment-friendly sanitizers are used in the six-times per day cleaning process covering the entire mosque, its piazzas and utilities.


Besides this all the carpets are cleaned once every five days, SPA quoted the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques as saying.

The Suqya Zamzam Administration has assigned 450 workers to cleanse and sterilize Zamzam coolers, their bases and Zamzam fountains. There are about 27,000 Zamzam coolers in the Grand Mosque.

The Services Administration has sterilized all the manual and electric wheelchairs available in the warehouses. All the services points in and outside the Grand Mosque have been supplied with hand gloves and sanitizers.


These measures come as part of the precautionary and preventative measures being carried out by the presidency to prevent the transmission of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection into the Grand Mosque and its piazzas. It is also meant to ensure the safety of the visitors and worshipers at the Holy Mosque.

The sterilization workers have been divided into three shifts so as to have workers 24/7 to sterilize the Haram. These workers have been trained and educated on the precautionary role they are carrying out, and the great importance of sterilization in ensuring the safety of the worshipers and visitors to the Grand Mosque.

Special machines are being used to mix the sanitizers and detergents to guarantee a balance in all the fluids.


The workers are trained to mix these fluids in the correct way. Furthermore, the necessary tests are conducted before starting the cleaning and sterilization operations.

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