Dazzling high tech umbrellas shade pilgrims


A stunning forest of giant umbrellas covers the grand piazza in the holy city of Medina. With millions of Muslims traveling to the holy mosque for the annual pilgrimage, Saudi Arabia has increasingly turned to technology to keep visitors safe from the punishing heat. 

 King Abdullah ordered the installation  in the piazzas outside the Grand Mosque to shelter worshipers from the blistering sun as they offered prayers in their proximity to this holy site. The opening and closing procedure only take…