5 amazing places near Saudi Arabia
MECCA: is a city in the Hejaz in Saudi Arabia the capital of its Makkah region.
- The city is located 70 km (43 mi) inland from jeddah in a narrow valley at a height of 277 m (909 ft) above sea level.
- Its population in 2012 was roughly 2 million, although visitors more than triple this number every year duringthe haij (“pilgrimage”) period held in the twelfth Muslim lunar month of dhu al hijjah
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MEDINA:Medina was Muhammad’s destination after his Hiraj from Mecca, and became the capital of a rapidly increasing Muslim Empire, first under Muhammad’s leadership, and then under the first four Rashidun caliphs, Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman, and Ali.
It served as the power base of Islam in its first century where the early Muslim community developed.Medina is home to the three oldest mosques, namely the QubaMosque, al-MasjidanNabawi and Masjid al-Qiblatayn (“the mosque of the two qiblas”). Muslims believe that the chronologically final surahs of the Quran were revealed to Muhammad in Medina, and are called Medinan surahs in contrast to the earlier Meccan sura.
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TA’IF:It is called the City of Roses, as you can smell the fragrance of roses from neighboring orchards. Famous for its salubrious climate, scenic beauty and variety of fruits that attract tourists from the rest of the Arabian Peninsula, Taif also has a very old history.
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HA’IL:Don’t miss the chance to visit the city of Ha’il, where you will discover an ancient civilization that still lives on through the city’s antiquities, heritage, culture and the ancient Arab traditions of the locals. Visitors will be pleasantly surprised with the vibrant atmosphere and the enthusiast appreciation by locals for exploring the deserts and valleys when the weather is cool. Other outdoor activities include mountain climbing, bird hunting,and even rally racing! Great adventures await you in Ha’il!
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JEDDAh:The country’s commercial capital, and a point of convergence for pilgrims and traders for centuries,Jeddah is the most easygoing city in the Kingdom – not to mention its most beguiling. The Al Balad district, theheart of Old Jeddah, is a nostalgic testament to the city’s bygone days, with the beautiful coral architecture of historic buildings casting some welcome shade over the bustling souqs.
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