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Saudia Airline Offers World’s First Sanitizing Prayer Beads

image courtesy of Saudia
image courtesy of Saudia
Written by Linda Hohnholz

Saudia, the national flag carrier of Saudi Arabia, has launched the world’s first sanitizing prayer beads just in time for the holy month of Ramadan and Umrah season – where Saudia and the Kingdom typically anticipates the largest influx of guests and Umrah pilgrims.

ProtecTasbih, created in collaboration with creative agency partners, are the first prayer beads that offer a dual function, seamlessly combining the spiritual practice of tasbih with the added benefit of hand sanitization. This innovative creation redefines the traditional prayer beads, reflecting a harmonious blend of cultural reverence and modern health consciousness.

The prayer beads use tea tree oil as a sanitizing element as it is effective against a broad spectrum of bacteria and disrupts the cell membrane of the bacteria itself. Using a molding technique, the oil was integrated into a semi-solid compound to create a solid bead.

Mr. Essam Akhonbay, VP Marketing at Saudia says:

“We take pride in introducing a unique product that enhances the pilgrimage experience, allowing our guests to fully immerse themselves in their spiritual journey.”

The new innovative product will be available on board for all Saudia guests to ensure a healthier and sanitary pilgrimage journey. Protectasbih were also distributed out across the holy city of Makkah.

Saudia was recently awarded the “World Class Airline 2024” for the third consecutive year at The APEX Official Airline Ratings™ awards. Saudia has also advanced 11 places in the Skytrax airlines ranking of the World Best Airlines 2023. The Airline also ranked top among global airlines for best on-time performance (OTP) according to a report by the Cirium. Saudia has grown to become one of the Middle East’s largest airlines and is a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO) and has been a member airline in SkyTeam since 2012.