The 2021 Hajj is undoubtedly a remarkable season with all the innovative and high-quality services. A new innovative initiative will be Saudi inventor Hamad bin Ali Al-Yami’s “Silver nanotechnology-treated Ihram clothing”, which is distinguished by its cotton fabric that prevents the reproduction of bacteria and enhances the preventive measures for the safety of pilgrims.

In an interview with “SPA”, Al-Yami said that he decided to use silver nanotechnology in the Ihram fabric after learning that it has been used globally to sterilize surgical tools and doctors’ clothes in hospitals.

“What encouraged me the most was the research conducted by “The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Institute for Hajj and Umrah Research” in 2008, and which relied on nanotechnology to manufacture anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-virus materials to disinfect carpets in the Two Holy Mosques and the covering of the Kaaba. The results indicated the extent of its impact on reducing microbial growth” Al-Yami added. 

The new Ihram clothing, registered as a patent with the “Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property” in 2019, was used for the first time during the last Hajj season with the support of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, and holds an International Quality Certificate (ISO), in addition to its compliance with the specifications of Saudi Standards (SASO).

The clothing was also recommended by “The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Institute for Hajj and Umrah Research” at Umm Al-Qura University. It also holds a certificate of recognition from the German (SGS) laboratory, and is marketed inside the Kingdom under the commercial name “Elia Ihram.”

The idea dates back more than three years, and aims at limiting the transmission of infection among pilgrims, especially with the varying duration of wearing Ihram garments during rituals, direct intermixing and personal care levels, in addition to the impact of the industrial materials incorporated with cotton in the Ihram fabric.