Mecca Travel Guide

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Mecca Highlights

  • Pro
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    Liyah1422 says…

     Beautiful, blessed place. It's amazing... 

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    DunaKal says…

     Summers are extremely hot!!!! 

  • In a nutshell
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     A MUST SEE ONCE IN A LIFE ! 

Mecca Things to Do

  • Masjid - Al Haram

    There are many gates to the Holy Mosque,I believe more than 100 gate. This is a picture of AL Umra gate,though you can start your Umra from any gate you shall enter. There is security at each gate to ensure the safety of the people.they check your bags. No food is allowed to the holy Mosque exept at the time of Ramadan you can bring your dates and...

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  • ZamZam

    The mosque is huge and to accommodate all the pilgrims doing the tawaaf [circumbulation], there are two upper levels as well as the main inner courtyard. After doing the 7 circuits round the kaaba, pilgrims have to follow the ritual of running between the hills of Safa and Murwa, in imitation of Hager searching for and bringing water for her son...

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  • Mina - The Tent City

    'Mina' Was Popularly Known As The 'Tent City' Or The 'Three Days Town' Because The Place Will Be Deserted After Hajj Season. This Is No Place For You To Indulge In Worldly Pleasure.There Is No Such Thing As Special Rooms With Attached Toilets And Ammenities.

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  • The Day of Arafa

    A humble slave and servant to Almighty Creator. His prayer contains * Rabbana Atina Fiddunya Wabilakhiraty Hasanah' Wakinna Azabannaar * ( Oh Lord, award me a safe life in this world and avoid me your punishment in the HELL ).

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  • Ride a Camel at Jabal Rahma.

    Jabal Rahma, the location of the Prophet Muhammad's Farewell Speech retains a carnival atmosphere throughout the year. Pilgrims visiting the holy site are encouraged to ride a camel complete with hodaj. The invitation is hard to refuse especially for those with children. the camels are beautifully decorated and provide a lovely photo opp!

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  • the mosque

    The mosque is huge and to accommodate all the pilgrims doing the tawaaf [circumbulation], there are two upper levels as well as the main inner courtyard.After doing the 7 circuits round the kaaba, pilgrims have to follow the ritual of running between the hills of Safa and Murwa, in imitation of Hager searching for and bringing water for her son...

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Mecca Hotels

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Mecca Restaurants

  • indian foods

    this restuarant in holy city of makkah, best dine in for indian foods at makkah saudiarabia located at al safwa tower 2nd foor makkah opposite to gate no:1 of masjidul haram prawns chilly, butter chicken, chily chichen

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  • Try Traditional Meccan Food!

    The best food in town! I could eat here every day! It has lots of variety and everything tastes home made. There is a family section. The restaurant is named after the cave in which the Prophet Muhammad received his revelation. Ruz Kabli , a traditional Meccan dish, is made using all the best spices - no skimping on the saffron.

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  • Foods In Mecca

    Here In Mecca, You Need Not Worry About Food Matters As Mecca Provides You Anything Ranging From Ice-Cream Vendors Below Your Hotels, Local Delicious Kebabs And Also Fast-Foods Like KFC And Pizza Hut. One Of The Popular Local Supermarket Is "Bin Dawood"

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Mecca Nightlife

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  • Kaaba then walking

    To make Tawaaf between Maghrib and Esha is the perfect time. After Esha , it's wonderful to go browse shopping at the hilton , also the sheraton. Small streets with shops near Sheraton offer some wonderful little gifts

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  • The Streets of Downtown Makkah

    This is one of the scenes near the centre, late night. As you can see its still chock a block packed.The crowd can be quite over powering at times, so be careful.

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  • The Harem (Mosque) by Night.

    If you thought that the Harem looked beautiful during the birght sunlight, then do go and check it out at night too! During Sunrise and Sunset the scene is beautiful.People are there 24/7, 7 days a week - every day of the year. There is never really a quiet period as such, but in contrast from my experience the best time to go is during 12 midnight...

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Mecca Transportation

  • Bus service from Jeddah to Mecca

    There is a quite good bus service from Jeddah downtown to Mecca, which I think is much better than going there by car, because you will always have troubles parking your car in Mecca.The busses operate very frequently, are air-conditioned and also clean. The seats are quite comfortable and the charge is 10 Riyals, ie approx. 2.70 USD for the...

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  • Use your feet

    During the Hajj season as well as in Ramadan the best way to get around in Mecca is walking. Every other means of transport will cost you a lot of money and you will still be stuck in traffic for hours. We still had to use the coach most of the times during our Hajj, because we had our little son with us and couldn't have walked long distances with...

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  • Limousines (TAXI)

    Where to find them?Everywhere and anytime.How to reach them?Simply Scream TAXI or point by your hand they will stop for you. Eye contact enough to stop them.Who can ride them?Both males and females.How much to pay them?I remember 10 minute of driving, he took 15 riyals. Just bargain and he might low the price. SR 3.75 to U.S. $1.00.Taxi drivers are...

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Mecca Shopping

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  • Taking care of your teeth!!!

    In Makkah you will find many salesman(and saleswomen)that sell many item,,this one was selling a local tree branch that is used to clean the teeth(it`s called Miswak)The tree is called Arak in arabic.Miswak or Siwak is Made from the twigs of the Salvadora persica tree.We (Muslims)follow the Prophet Mohammad(peace be upon him)by using this to keep...

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  • Almost everything you need

    Most pilgrims pass this street on their way to the grand mosque.you can buy al most everything you need,from prayer carpets to sandwiches and juices.This picture was taken on a Ramadan night right after night prayers.(sorry it`s a bit blurry it was taken by my mobile cam) cheap,,really cheap stuff,all made either in china or india.

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  • Bin Dawood - Best shopping centre near...

    The Bin Dawood shopping complex is 1 minutes walk from the main gate of the Harem. Its housed in the Hilton hotel ground and 1st flooors.What can you get there? EVERYTHING!Everything from dates, sports wear, expensive swiss watches, KFC, Rugs and the list goes on. This really is the only place you need to know, it houses a dozen eateries and tons...

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Mecca Local Customs

  • Drink from the ZamZam Well

    Moiya ZamZam or ZamZam water is readity available in Makkah. It is sold on street corners and of course, it is available for free inside Masjid al Haram. Pick up the cup and drink with the right hand. One should try to finish the cup in three drinks. discard the used cup on the left hand side of the container.

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  • Stoning the devil- jamrat

    Pilgrims have to stone the devil [ 3 stone pillars] after they return from Arafat to Mina. this is done three times on the day of the Eid and the following days. Stones are thrown individually , though some ignorant people throw handfuls of stones.This is the most dangerous part of the hajj, as people can be injured by the stones, or as when we...

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  • Typical old houses of Makkah

    Here is a picture of what a typical Makkawi house looked like in the old days,the architecture is also simliar to the one in Jeddah city,the wooden windows is called rawasheen,where it allows air into the house but also keeps it`s privaciy.All houses are painted with white colour to keep sun rays away,another way to keep houses cool.

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Mecca Warnings and Dangers

  • LOST IN MASJIDIL-HARAM

    The Outsider or First Timer in Mecca is Easy To Get Lost in Masjidil-Haram. Coming From One Entrance and Depart From The Others , Coming Out....Mecca From The Difference View...Spent Half Day Looking For Hotel.

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  • Pilgrims Enquiry Office

    I was quite surprised to see the Pilgrims Enquiry office. These are actually located around the Harem area in Makkah on the central ring road area and main through fair. These are a bit like Tourist Information offices. Although a word of warning, most of the employees dont speak very good English or other languages bar Arabic. They are also closed...

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  • Watch out for beggars

    Even though this is the most religous place on earth for muslims it is still a place where you find a lot of beggars who you feel you should help but most of them are in that situation for a reason (especially the beggars with no hands) some of them are unfrtunate as they have had injuries from working in factories which make them unable to work...

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Mecca Tourist Traps

  • Makkah/Mecca Forbidden to non Muslims

    Be aware that if you are a tourist Makkah is out of bounds. The govt. has restricted travel to the city of Makkah and Medina strictly only to Muslims. Saying that, there have been many examples of famous non muslims going to Makkah. To name a few, John Lewis Burckhardt, Sir Richard Burton, Ali Bey, Leopold Weiss, Snouck Hurgronje and Ludovico de...

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  • What to do and What not to do

    If you are a tourist in the universe this may help. People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered.Forgive them any way.If you are kind people may accuse you of selfish ulterior.Be kind anyway.If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies.Succeed anyway.If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you....

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Mecca What to Pack

  • All Essential medicines

    Light clothes , but full covering.As it is normally very hot in mecca , but u are not allowed to wear skirts , or revealing dresses insect repellentDo have your injected with meningitis before going to mecca, medinaDo have your self injected with influenza to avoid flu and cough.

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  • what a pilgrim needs

    a small soft bag , as you have to carry your belongings with you. If you are staying longer after the hajj , then a suitcase is needed and is left in your accommodation in Mecca.A money belt to be worn round the waist , for men; or under the abiyah for women. Thieves do exist , and in the crowds pickpockets can work easily. Strong comfortable...

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  • Its HOT

    Travel light cos u wanna take lots of gifts home, which are quite cheap Sandles/ Beach Thongs Sunblock, its scarce and expensive thereImodium(Loperamide) for DiarrhoeaParacetamolAnti-Nausea medicine Photos are not allowed in and around the HARAM

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Mecca Off The Beaten Path

  • Arafat

    On the day before the Eid, pilgrims move from Mina to Mount Arafat where they will stay until sunset. They pray, read religious texts and ask for blessings.Tents, canvas this time, are erected for shelter. As soon as the pilgrims move at sunset, the tents are dismantled and the area is abandoned until the following year. Our bus broke down, so we...

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  • Jabal Nur, Where The Revelation Began.

    Jabal Nur Is About 3km From Masjidil Haram. There's A Cave In This Mountain Called 'The Cave Of Hira ' Where Prophet Muhammad s.a.w Received The First Revelation.Depending On One Person Stamina, It'll Take Some Time To Reach To The Cave Though . It Will Take At least One Hour To Climb This Mountain.

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  • Camel Farm

    Hudaibiyah Or Now Known As Al - Syumaisi Is One Of The 'Miqat' For Umrah. If You Are Here, Don't Forget To Visit The Camel Farm To Taste Or Buy The Super Delicious Camel's Milk! This Is One Place Worth Visiting. An Important Event In Islamic History Happened Here A Long Time Ago During The 'Rise Of Islam' Called 'The Treaty Of Hudaibiyah'. For More...

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    Jazak Allah Br Fayez. You have provided very useful and helpful information. The biggest challenge remains finding a decent hotel with reasonable price. We are not looking for a 5-star hotel but a decent place where we can sleep, otherwise most of the time will be spent in Haram inshallah. We have a place to stay for one day when we get there and...

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  • Jabal Thur One Of The Historical Sites

    There’s a cave in this mountain where Muhammad s.a.w and his dear friend Abu Bakr took refuge from the pagans of Mecca who tried to kill them. They stayed in the cave for three days before migrating to Medina. Jabal Thur is about 5km from Masjidil Haram. It takes about 2hrs to climb up the mountain. Words Are Not Enough To Describe My Feelings.

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  • Umm Al-Joud Kiswa Factory

    Visit The 'Kiswa' (The Drape Of The Kaabah) Factory If You Have The Opportunity To Do So. Here You Will Have The Privilege To Witness How The Beautiful 'Kiswa' Was Made. The 'Kiswa' is pure silk and the beautiful calligraphy of the Holy Quran was embroidered from gold thread. No Words Are Adequate Enough To Describe My Feeling About The Fondest...

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