Fly to Medina, Saudi Arabia
Medina (Madinah) is the holiest city of Islam second to Mecca. Also referred to as the ‘City of The Prophet’, it is located in the Hejrah province of Saudi Arabia. Medina forms part of the holy Hajj pilgrimage undertaken by Muslims. The Prophet Mohammad chose to settle down in Medina after he was driven out of Mecca. It is here that he inspired his followers and delivered his teachings for a few years.
Despite the fact that this is a very religious city Medina has a lot to offer. It is full of local shops, great cuisine and beautiful architecture.
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Why visit Medina?
- Observe the Islamic Culture, Heritage and History first hand!
- There is so much culture found in this city which makes it a place where you should expect to be amazed!
- Islamic individuals are known for being the most friendly and hospitable people!
The best time to visit Medina is during the cooler winter seasons, between January and February, where the temperatures reach a daily high of mid 70 degrees and the nights reach highs of mid to lower 50 degrees.
If you detest extreme avoid planning your holiday during June to September as it will coincide with the very dry & hot summer season. October to May are also very pleasant months and experience the occasional rainfall.
The official language that is spoken in Medina is Arabic. Locals also use different dialects in addition to the traditional Khafs, Hejaz, Najdi, and Gulf Arabic.
There is also an official Saudi Sign Language that is used to communicate in the deaf community.
- Medina is the second holiest city in Islam.
- Directly translated Medina means ''City of the Prophet”.
- Saudi Arabia has one of the highest percentages of military expenditure in the world.
The city of Medina has a spiritual significance and most tourists are here for religious reasons. Medina is home to three important mosques: The Mosque of The Prophet, the Quba Mosque and The Masjid al-Qiblatain. The Mosque of The Prophet houses the burial place of The Prophet Mohammad. The Quoba Mosque was the first mosque built. And at The Masjid al-Qiblatain, Prophet Mohammad changed the prayer direction from Jerusalem to Mecca.
Although Non-Muslims are banned from Central Medina, most of the outskirts of the city and Madinah Abdulaziz Airport are open to all. Some of the few tourist attractions around Medina include Mount Uhud, Madina Media Museum and Madain Saleh Tombs. The Great Battle of Uhud was fought at the battlefield of Mount Uhud. It is also Prophet Mohammad’s favourite mountain range. The Madina Media Museum, situated in the basement, is full of enchanting historic scriptures.
Medina is hardly a shopper’s destination and most religious visitors will buy prayer rugs, prayer beads and copies of The Holy Quran. You can also buy the finest quality dates in Medina.
Arabian locals have a reputation of loving fast food as their local dinning scene is far more varied than many people would expect. You can find a range of different cuisine in Medina whether it’s Janpanese, Italian, American, Indian, or even Middle Eastern, but nothing tops the traditional Arabian food that is found in this city.
Famous restaurants like Beiruti, Medinah Hilton, Swiss house, and At-Tabaq Restaurant have all been ranked fairly high, so when you looking for a place to eat out, these are the best restaurants to try.
Medina is a very religious city and is considered to be the one of the holiest city's in Saudi Arabia. The most followed religion is Islam and although there are quite a few Christians that stay in Medina, they are mostly all foreign workers.
Christians are allowed into Saudi Arabia for work but they are not allowed to practice their faith openly. Due to the fact that the land is ruled under Islamic law there are many limitations and prohibited actions which are seen as harmless in western governed societies.For example homosexuality is a criminal offence that can attract the death penalty or even a long stretch in prison, birth control is also illegal as well as alcohol.
Saudi Arabia has century’s worth of traditions passed down for hundreds of years. The locals in Medina are required to wear clothes that are predominately loose, flowing, and items that are able to cover up as much as possible. The type of dress code that is seen in Medina is not only a sign of respect to their religion but it is also perfect attire for the climate that is experienced in this town, as it can get extremely hot.
Women in Medina, Muslim or not, must always wear full hijab when out in public. Hijab requires one to dress modestly (wear loose fitting and non-revealing clothing) and make sure they are covered from head to toe with exception of hands and feet. Failure to do so can result in police action. There are also certain limitations on women's rights in Saudi Arabia for example women are not permitted to drive, or walk alone in the street.
Medina is a very strict city and within reason as this is holy grounds. The main objective is to keep Medina as sacred and pure as possible. Before judge, immerse yourself in this rich culture and see things from a different perspective.
Very little crime occurs in the cities of Saudi Arabia. The justice is governed according to the Shari'a or Islamic Law. The crime rate in Medina is very low when compared to other places outside Saudi Arabia. This is perhaps due to the serious repercussions involved with any crime that is committed in the city.
Egyptians need a Visa to enter Saudi Arabia.
You can contact the embassy of Saudi Arabia (Telephone:012 362 4230) for more information, in addition to visa applications.
The Egyptian embassy.
Address: Consulate General of Egypt in Riyadh,
Saudi Arabia Diplomatic Quarter
Phone:(+ 9661)483 1305 - 483 1469
Fax:(+ 9661)481 0406
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|Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)||EGP 11||EGP 10||EGP 8|
|Cappuccino (regular)||EGP 17||EGP 13||EGP 18|
|Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)||EGP 2||EGP 5||EGP 24|
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Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz International Airport (Code: MED) was opened in 1950, they are a regional airport in Medina which handles domestic flights as well as schedules international services to regional destinations.
Food and beverages: They have many self-service restaurants that are located all within the airport, there are no major food franchises.
Exchange currency: There are two banks that are in the airport they include Al-Rajih Bank and National Commercial Bank.
Lost luggage: If you have lost any item of luggage you should contact your airline directly or you can also contact SGS (Telephone: +966 14 84 20103) for more assistance.
Airport hotel: The hotels that are located near the airport include Al Saleh Hotel Apartments, SAS RTL Hotel, Al Otair Towers Apartment, Al Madina Kareem Hotel, and Badr Al Mohamediah Hotel.
Car hire: The car hire dealerships that are located at the airport include Hanco,Budget, Dheeb, Al Miftah, Bin Hadi, Daleel, Rached Al Abairi, and Al Wifaq.
Airport hub: Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz International Airport (Code: MED) is a hub for Saudia.
625m above sea level with a hot desert climate, Medina is also known as ‘The City of Light’. The city holds a sacred place in the hearts of Islamic followers worldwide. A trip to Medina is considered as the ultimate fulfillment of life by the followers of Islam.
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