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Kaaba is a structure in the centre of the mosque which is the most important in Islam named Al-Masjid Al-á¸¤aram which translates to 'The Sacred Mosque'. It is one of the most sacred sites of the Islam. No matter wherever the Muslims are in the entire world, they are expected to face the Kaaba while they offer their prayers to God. The structure is made of granite and is in the shape of a cube. It has the height of 43 feet and the floor of the Kaaba is made of limestone and marble. It is regarded as 'The house of God' as Islam considers it to be the holiest place.
Grand Mosque of Mecca also referred as Al-Haram Mosque which means 'The Sacred Mosque' or the 'Grand Mosque of Makkah'. It is the world's largest mosque and has other attraction sites like the Safa and Marwa, the Black Stone, the Station of Abraham and the Well of Zamzam. This mosque is a major set for the Umrah and Hajj pilgrimage.
Zamzam Well also referred to as the Well of Zamzam or Zamzam is located in the premises of the Masjid al-Haram. It is said that the water generated in the well is miraculously generated by God. A million of visitors or pilgrims believe that the water of the well is sacred and it therefore attracts millions of visitors . The health issues related to the water of the well is still a controversy.
Mount Arafat, also referred as Mount Arafah is a hill of granite located on the Arafat hills. It is also called as the Mount of Mercy and is 230 feet in height. People believe it to be the place of forgiveness of Adamand therefore known as 'Jabl-ar-Rahmah'. This is also a pilgrimage spot and a tourist attraction for people around the world. It is located in the east of the city.According the Islamic mythology it is believed that the place marks the reuniting of Adam and Eve after they fell from Heaven.
Clock Tower also called as the Abraj Al-Bait ,meaning 'the tower of the house' is owned by the government and is a megatall complex with 7 hotels in the city. The Great Mosque of Mecca is near the hotel site. The 7 buildings include Hajar, Qibla, Al Maqam, ZamZam, Safa and Marwah. The towers feature a library, an exhibition, research offices, galleries, astronomy exhibition, a penthouse, residential areas, Gold Lounge, guest rooms, restaurants, ballrooms, health clubs, prayer rooms, studios, malls, shops, meeting rooms, hospitals and much more.
Aisha Al Rajhi Mosque is one of the most beautiful mosques in the world. It is a tourist destination and a holy pilgrimage spot for people around the world. The mosque was inaugurated by Prince Khalid Al-Faisal. The mosque is spread over an area of 60,866 square metres and attracts a number of visitors due to its breath-taking architecture and sacredness. The mosque has a lighting unit which is programmed and controlled by a remote. The mosque has dining hall and a number of rims other than the prayer lounges.
Mecca: Located in the Arabian Peninsula region of Hejazi, the city is the administrative headquarters and the capital of the Makkah Region. The neighbourhoods of the city include Jarwal, Jurhum, Mina and many more. The climate of the city features a hot desert. Even in winters, the temperature is warm. The main source of income of the city is the high pilgrimage visits of people every year. Al -Nadwa is the daily newspaper of the city. Some of the main cuisines of the city are Yemeni Mandi, Kabsa, Shawarma, Kebab, Samosas, Baklava, Basbosa etc. Most of the people in the city enjoy Turkish, Syrian and Lebanese food and almost all the restaurants serve these. The city has invited some commercial gaints to expand the bussiness in the city. The local bussiness of the city includes furniture, utensils and textiles. Other than that, majority of the people are from the service sector.
How to Get Tickets?
Tickets can be booked easily for all the holy places and the city on this website and payment can be made online.
How To Get Around?
You can rent a car for going around the city for the entire trip. In this way you can schedule your trips within the city according to your priorities. Public buses are also an option. However, if you are going to travel every day and are going to stay for a long time, a bus pass will help as the rides will be cheaper and you can use it for every ride. The micro buses available are also cheap and convenient.
What Should I Wear?
According to the etiquettes of the city, men can wear all sorts of western clothes as well as traditional clothes, however, women can wear only loose fitted, long clothes and always have to cover their hair with a hijab or a scarf. You must try to wear traditional attire to fit into the crowd.
Best Time to Visit
The hottest months: June to August must be avoided as they will make your trip go down due to extreme heat and thus, not sight seeing. You can go in winters as the months are warm and night will be cool. Do not forget to carry layers. From November to January will be the best time to visit.
Will I Need a Guide?
No. You need not take a guide. This website purvey the complete and comprehensive information.
How To Get There?
You can start from the Jeddah Airport as from there it will take only 45 minutes to reach the city by a car or a bus.
Keep all your cash safely and your travel documents safely. You must carry the document proof of you being a Muslim as only Muslims are allowed in the city. In case you are found to be a non-Muslim, entry will be denied and even if you enter the city with fake documents, you will be deported there and then.