Imagine a barren desert valley gradually teeming with two million people during the annual Islamic pilgrimage called the Hajj. Now imagine the demand for shelter and sanitation.
The Mina Valley, located between the city of Makkah and the Plain of Arafat, is one of the pilgrimage’s seven locations. To accommodate the pilgrims who must overnight before traveling on, the government of Saudi Arabia provides them with shelter in residential towers and tents. The Mina Pilgrims Accommodation Project, in association with the Ministry of Public Works and Housing, was involved in constructing one of the housing projects.
Over time, however, the housing project’s water system was plagued with problems. Multiple broken pipes and a dysfunctional pressure reducing valve flooded the entire area. Frustrated and uncertain about how to solve the problem, Abdul Rahman of Hussain Al Ali Contractors contacted Singer Valve Gulf Region manager Ramzi Soujah.