New electric wheelchairs have been introduced at Masjid al-Haram Makkah in Saudi Arabia. This makes it easier for the disabled to participate in Hajj and Umrah without carrying, which was the only way before these electric wheelchairs were introduced.
The Masjid al-Haram in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, offers electric wheelchairs to accommodate its growing number of senior citizens visiting the mosque during the last ten days of Ramadan and Hajj season.
These new electric wheelchairs are equipped with easy-to-use door openers and built-in prayer systems that show the sun’s position based on the time of prayer, Mecca’s direction, and local sunrise and sunset times.
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The management of the holy mosque announced today that a special committee had been formed for introducing new electric wheelchairs, which is a solution for providing easy access to disabled persons.
The committee members have started visiting different malls, hospitals and even furniture stores to evaluate types of wheelchairs before introducing them at the holy mosque.
Specialists at the holy mosque are also working on techniques to implement these wheel heads without inconveniencing pilgrims.
During peak seasons and Haj season, over 2 million pilgrims visit the sacred place every year, so there will be continuous demand for new wheelchairs during these seasons. We’ll keep you updated as we receive more information!