Tips & Tricks
Mina – this place is located inside a low-lying valley in the province of Mecca (and is appx. 8 km. east of Mecca city). Mina is called the “City of Tents”, since it has over 100,000 air-conditioned tents to provide temporary shelter to 3 million pilgrims. Mina is located between Mount Arafat and Mecca’s […]
Mount Arafat (Makkah Region, Hejaz) – best known for being the site of Mohamed’s last sermon, Mount Arafat is a granite hill about 20 km east of central Mecca in the plain of Arafat. Mount Arafat reaches about 70 meters in height, and is also known as the “Mount of Mercy”. Nowadays, this mountain is […]
Qusur al Muqbil (Old City, Riyadh) – this mud brick abandoned village, located on the outskirts of modern Riyadh, gives visitors a glimpse of how locals lived for centuries (well before the country’s oil boom). Free admission. Open 24 hours.
Medina (city) – this is a city in western Saudi Arabia. In the city center, the vast al-Masjid an-Nabawi (Prophet’s Mosque) is a major Islamic pilgrimage site. Its striking green dome rises above the tombs of the Prophet Mohamed, and early Islamic leaders Abu Bakr and Umar. The Masjid al-Qiblatain (Qiblatain Mosque) is known as […]
Jeddah (city) – this Saudi port city is located on the Red Sea, which acts as a modern commercial hub & gateway for pilgrimages to holy cities of Mecca and Medina. Resort hotels, beaches and outdoor sculptures line the Corniche (a seafront promenade anchored by the iconic King Fahd’s fountain). Jeddah’s al-Balad historic district dates […]
Mount Uhud – this is a mountain north of Medina, Saudi Arabia. With a height of 1,077 meters, it was the site of the second battle between Muslim and Meccan forces. The Battle of Uhud was fought on 19 March, 625 CE, between a force from the small Muslim community of Medina, in what is […]