The Makkah municipality has implemented a new initiative to apply heat-resistant coating in walkways at holy sites.
The new project included in the first stage the coating of the pedestrian road at Mina Gate leading to the Jamarat facility.
The coating was done over a total area of approximately 3,500 m² to help reduce the road temperature and to serve the pilgrims.
The project, which was carried out in cooperation with the Japanese company SUMITOMO, aims to reduce the surface temperature of the walkway in the Shuaibin area.
The project aims to provide a temperature reduction of 15 to 20 degrees Celsius, where temperatures will be recorded every 10 seconds during the season through sensors placed under the asphalt.
The project came after the completion of a network of pedestrian pathways extending from Jabal Al-Rahma in Arafat to Mina, passing through Muzdalifah.
It aims to ensure the comfort, safety and security of pilgrims as they move between holy sites. The pathway has been paved using interlocking tiles, and benches are placed on both sides for pilgrims to rest.
Sunshades have also been installed to protect pilgrims from the sun, and concrete barriers have been placed to prevent vehicles from entering the pedestrian pathway.
The pathway is using high-tech poles and LED beams, which are bright and cost-efficient when compared to ordinary lighting, and have low emissions.