With the buzzword in the UAE being 'smart' these days, Ras Al Khaimah is all set to open the country's first smart and green mosque.
The mosque, which will be opened to the public soon, is actually an old one in the Muairidh area, which has been refurbished. "The speakers of the mosque turn on automatically the moment the Imam stands on the carpet for leading prayers, and later turn off at the end of the prayer," said Dr Hisham Al Refaei Al Mansuri, the supervisor of the project.
The lights of the mosque are solar-powered and automatically turn on and off depending on the time of the prayers and number of worshipers, he added.
"Similarly, the air conditioners turn on and off and change the temperature as per the weather conditions in summer and winter, and during the day according to the number of worshippers inside."
The mosque was renovated in collaboration with 25 charity associations and a philanthropist. The renovation is expected to save water and power worth Dh10,650 every year, Dr Al Mansuri said.
"The project, which is supported by the Dar Al Ber Society and Sharjah Charity Association, has been carried out in coordination with the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments."
The total cost of the innovation was around Dh270,000. "The mosque runs on clean energy and is environment-friendly."
The temperature of the external water tanks is also controlled using solar power. "The wudu or ablution facilities are controlled by smart sensors to avoid wastage of water."
The used water is recycled and used for ablution after being automatically purified. Rainwater is collected and is used for irrigation purposes, too.
(Al Khaleej Times)