First Time Tourists Guide in Mecca, Saudi Arabia

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Mecca is famously called as Ummul Qura because of its densely populated city

 Mecca becomes the main destination for Muslims doing Hajj or Umrah

Lastly, learning about its expansive history in this city will open your mind

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SIGHTSEEING

Abraj Al-Bait Towers is the highest clock tower in the world. It reigns tall at 601 meters and known as the second tallest building in the world after the Burj Khalifa building in Dubai. After that, Masjid Al Haram is one of the icons of this city and this place become an important place when Muslims for Hajj. In addition, Masjid Al Haram is the largest mosque in the world. Don't forget to come by here if you come to Mecca.

Abraj Al Bait Towers

Abraj Al Bait Towers or Abraj Al Bait Complex is a building complex located in Mecca City, Saudi Arabia

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Masjid Al Haram

Included in the Hajj procession, this mosque is the largest in the world and accommodates up to 4 million worshipers

Address : Al Haram, Mecca 24231, Saudi Arabia

DOWNTOWN

Al Sakkaf Palace is located in the center of this city. This building has a history because it was built in 1355 H. Hence, it is said to be one of the oldest and largest ancient buildings. Moreover, this building has a strong Islamic architecture.

Al Sakkaf Palace

Museum historical in Mecca

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SHOPPING

Makkah Mall is one of the most shopping centers in Mecca and here tourists can find many international stores in which you can buy something such as food, tourist equipment, and souvenir. A fun fact, stores will be closed during the time of prayer or about 30 minutes.

Makkah Mall

shopping centre

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FOOD & DRINK

Bukhari Rice is an original Arabian dish. It is famous and become a favorite for people that like spicy food. Bukhari Rice is usually served with grilled chicken, pieces of cucumber, lettuce, and spicy tomato sauce to complement the flavor. It feels incomplete if you haven't try Qahwa when visiting Mecca. Qahwa is coffee typical from Mecca city. What makes this coffee different from the others is coffee has some herbs and spices such as cardamom powder and clove.

CULTURE

Every culture has its style to communicate with each other. Likewise, with Arabian people, they did not talk the point for everyone different from western culture. In general, they are happy to make small talk.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

December through February is the best time to visit in Mecca because in these months have good weather and temperatures. 94.4°F (34.7°C) and 86.8°F (30.4°C) is the estimated temperature in the area.

HOTEL

Violet Hotel is a budget hotel friendly to every traveler. This hotel has a three-star rating and close to landmark in this city. If you have more money and want to get a luxury experience, you can choose A Fairmont Hotel as places to stay during doing Hajj or Umrah. A Fairmont Hotel is only 50 meters from the Grand Mosque.

Violet Hotel

3 star hotel

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A Fairmont Hotel

5 star hotel

Address : King Abdul Aziz Endowment، Ajyad Street، Mecca 24231, Saudi Arabia

RESTAURANTS

Albaik, the fried chicken and french fries package is a tourist's favorite. The grab and go feature in this restaurant is great for tourists and traveler who don't have much time to spend eating. Al Tazaj is a Middle Eastern restaurant. Here, they provide various kinds of food and drinks such as Briyani rice or Kabsah.

Al Tazaj

Casual · Vegetarian menu options · Suitable for children

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Albaik

Late night dishes · Casual · Suitable for children

Address : Hira St, Ar Rabwah, Jeddah 23535, Saudi Arabia

CAFE

Awan Coffee is famous for its menu. This cafe provides various coffee and bakery. A cozy atmosphere and good snacks will spoil you. Medd Café and Roastery offers halal food, vegan food, and snacks. Dessert in here is worth dying for.

Awan Coffee

Outdoor seating · Comfortable · Relaxing

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Medd Café and Roastery

Breakfast · Comfortable · Relaxing

Address : Beach Tower, Cornishe Rd, Ash Shati, Jeddah 23613, Saudi Arabia

BAR AND NIGHTLIFE

Some hotel provides a bar for their facilities such as Jabal Omar Hyatt Regency Makkah. Nightlife is not vibrant like other European cities because of its strict Islamic law.

Jabal Omar Hyatt Regency Makkah

5 star hotel

Address : Ibrahim Al Khalil, Street، Jabal Omar، Mecca Saudi Arabia

INTERESTING PLACES

Jabal-Al-Noor is one of the most important historical sites in Mecca. Jabal-Al-Noor is usually called as the Mountain of Light that located near Makkah. Al Kiswa Factory is where the Kaaba kiswah was made. Kiswah is a cloth covering the body of Ka'bah.

Jabal-Al-Noor

Jabal an-Nuur, or interpreted in Arabic جبل النور as "Mount of Light", is a mountain near the city of Mecca in Hejaz, Saudi Arabia This mountain has become one of the most special and frequently visited places in the city of Mecca

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Al Kiswa Factory

Kiswah is the cloth that covers the Kaaba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia

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INSTAGRAMABLE SPOTS

Take a trip to Fakieh Aquarium is the best idea when tourist brings their child because in here children can learn about Marine biota. Masjid e Taneem, find out the artifacts, photographs, and documents about this city's rich history.

Fakieh Aquarium

aquarium

Address : Al Nawras، Al Kurnaysh Road Next to، Jeddah 23413, Saudi Arabia

Masjid e Taneem

Masjid e Taneem is a mosque in the Al-Hil area about five miles from the Holy Kaaba, in Taneem, which is near Mecca

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