The beginning of the first stages of cladding the sanctuary of Aba al-Fadl al-Abbas (peace be upon him) with high quality alabaster.

The head of the Engineering Projects Department at the al-Abbas's (p) Holy Shrine; Engineer Dia' Majid al-Sa'egh, has stated: "After the completion of the work of cladding a large number of Iwans of the holy sanctuary of Aba al-Fadl al-Abbas (peace be upon him), we started the first phase of the work inside the holy sanctuary, to cover it with high quality marble."

Adding: "The cladding process was divided into many phases, parts and sections. All of which was preceded by the complete survey of the project to develop its specific designs and plans, with engravings and decorations in harmony with the rest sections of the al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine to create a symmetry state."

Al-Sa'egh indicated: "The first phase of this project includes several executive work, which are:

-The removal of old marble

-The removal of the old concrete parts and repairing the damaged ones.

-Pouring concrete floor in preparation for cladding it with special concrete to help the adhesion to the old floor and to prevent moisture.

-Installing an iron mesh to be put under the concrete casting.

-Installing a ground network from water drainage networks to connections of electricity, fire and communications systems, to connect them to the holy sanctuary, and then to the main systems of the al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine.

-Starting the cladding work with alabaster according to the specific measurements taking into consideration the inclination degree."

He also pointed out that the new marble, which will be used in the cladding works, is of the type of "multi-onyx" that has been subjected to several technical and engineering tests in terms of endurance and consistency of color and thickness 4 cm), in addition to other specifications that gave beauty to these marble pieces."

Al-Sa'egh concluded: "The work is carried out within the design and executive plans of the project, which will result a wonderful piece of art that completes the rest of the artistic works designed and executed by the servants of Aba al-Fadl al-Abbas (peace be upon him)."
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