Islamic Guide To Saudi Arabia
Makkah, in a desert valley in western Saudi Arabia, is Islam’s holiest city, as it’s the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and the religion of Islam. Makkah is a sacred city where only Muslims are allowed to enter, with millions arriving for the annual Hajj (pilgrimage). Dating from the 7th century, the central Masjid al-Haram (Sacred Mosque) surrounds the Kabah.
Medina is a city in western Saudi Arabia. In the heart of the city is the vast Al-Masjid an-Nabawi (Prophet’s Mosque) a major Islamic pilgrimage site. Its striking Green Dome rises above the tombs of the Prophet Muhammad (PBU) and early Islamic leaders Abu Bakr and Umar (RA). Medina hosts a range of historical sites including Masjid al-Qiblatain, Masjid Al Quba and much more.
Jeddah, a Saudi Arabian port city on the Red Sea, is a modern commercial hub and gateway for pilgrimages to the Islamic holy cities Makkah and Medina. Resort hotels, beaches and outdoor sculptures line the Corniche, a seafront promenade anchored by the iconic King Fahd’s Fountain. The city’s Al-Balad historic district dates to the 7th century and retains traditional homes built from coral.