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Inaugurated in 1981, King Abdulaziz International Airport, the first international airport in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is the busiest airport and the third largest in the Kingdom that is located 19km to the north of Jeddah. The airport is best known for its Hajj Terminal, that is able to accommodate up to 80 000 passengers at a time. The Hajj Terminal is specifically designed to handle the annual influx of pilgrims to the Kingdom....more

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

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Inaugurated in 1981, King Abdulaziz International Airport, the first international airport in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is the busiest airport and the third largest in the Kingdom that is located 19km to the north of Jeddah. The airport is best known for its Hajj Terminal, that is able to accommodate up to 80 000 passengers at a time. The Hajj Terminal is specifically designed to handle the annual influx of pilgrims to the Kingdom.

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King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah 23631, Saudi Arabia

Phone

+966 9200 11233

Terminals

King Abdulaziz International Airport terminals offer many facilities for passengers, especially for annual Hajj. There are four namely South Terminal, North Terminal, VIP Terminal and the Hajj Terminal. The terminal which is a busiest provides all luxury style facilities to its passengers. Staff within the terminal centre is very helpful, active and the process is painless and efficient. Inside the terminal area is clean and has an open and bright surrounding where every traveler can relax after a journey. 

Prayer Facilities

Prayer room facilities are available for Muslims within the King Abdulaziz International Airport. Mosques are already planned to build. 

Halal Food

More than enough food courts are available at King Abdulaziz International Airport, which is fully Halal.

Transport

Transport is not a problem at all here. Varieties of transport options are available at King Abdulaziz International Airport for an affordable price which is faster too. Easily travelers can get into buses or else if interest can pick up a car or taxi which is also not hard to catch up from this area. Several limousine services are also available. 

Shopping

There are more than enough duty-free shops at King Abdulaziz International Airport to buy goods. The airport is a paradise of best gold jewellery. Especially passengers can purchase best perfumes and cosmetics, chocolate, jewellery, bags, fashionable items, sweets, eyeglasses, sun glasses and soft toys. There are varieties of shops including superstores, gift and crafts shops also clothing shops. 

Amenities

All most all the facilities that required by a passenger are available within the King Abdulaziz International Airport including banks, shops, medical facilities, and a prayer room, car hire, information counters and telecommunications. Also airport car rental and airport car parking services are available. 

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  • Middle East | 6 Countries That'll Instantly Make You Not Want To Leave

    When it comes to Muslim-friendly destinations, there is no area more perfect than the Middle Eastern region, and the growing popularity of travelling to the Middle East makes it much easier for halal travel. Countries that are ruled by Muslim monarchs translates to abundant Muslim-friendly services like halal food, places to pray, and even segregation in areas like water parks, the metro, and public buses. It means that even though Middle Eastern destinations comprise of a large expat population, they are used to Islamic culture and attire, and religious biases are practically non-existent. If you’re looking for a relaxing holiday with little stress and more spontaneity, check out these top 6 Middle Eastern countries (in no particular order) that you should visit: 1) United Arab Emirates When it comes to where to travel in the Middle East, this is a no-brainer, as far as tourist destinations go, Dubai is on the map. But the UAE has made sure that the rest of the Emirates step up their game as well, and every place has something to offer. Whether it is living the fast life, big entertainment, touring the best mosques, or discovering Arab culture, UAE has it all. Attractions Abu Dhabi: Ferrari World, Yas Water WorldDubai: Wild Wadi, Ski Dubai, Sky Dive, Parasailing, Desert SafariAl Ain: Jabal al HafeetHatta: Hatta Kayak Must-Visit Architecture Abu Dhabi: Sheikh Zayed mosque; Dubai: Burj Khalifa, Burj al Arab, Atlantis, Bastakia in Bur Dubai, Souq;Sharjah: Blue Souq; Ras Al Khaimah: Al Jazirat Al Hamra (a spooky abandoned village rumoured to be haunted, it is also known as Ghost Town. It dates back to the 14th century and is a must-visit for history buffs and anyone who has wanted to visit the set of a horror movie); Fujairah: Al Bidyah Mosque (the oldest mosque in the UAE, built in 1446) Getting around Dubai with public transport is fairly easy thanks to the Dubai Metro. The cabin after Gold Class is ladies only, as well as the front section on public buses. Similarly, Wild Wadi has ladies night in the summer, and Jabal al Hafeet has segregated hot spring areas that you can bathe in. With masjids, every few feet or so, and prayer rooms in the malls, praying while you’re on the move is not an issue. Make the most of the halal food cuisine with every country’s food imaginable. All restaurants are halal certified (only hotel buffets might serve pork), so eating out is a breeze! UAE is considered to be a pricey destination, and that is true if you want to splurge on the big entertainment venues like theme parks and adventure sports. You can balance it out, however, by going to the beach, roaming around the souqs, taking a ride in the abra at the Creek which is the cheapest ride you’ll ever get in the country, and taking the time to soak up the culture. You can find cheaper accommodations as compared to the hotels like furnished apartments, and thanks to the Dubai Metro, you are connected to the rest of the city. 2) Saudi Arabia  We know that Saudi Arabia isn’t really known as a tourist destination – just one for Hajj and Umrah. Some people just go for the pilgrimage, while others take tour packages that show them the sites of Islamic history. Even though that is what Saudi is most famous for, it does have more to offer than just that. Attractions If you are in the vicinity of Makkah and Madinah, then you’re in the vicinity of Islamic historic sites. The battlefields of Badr and Uhud, the first masjid ever built there, Masjid Qiblatayn – the masjid with the two qiblahs, and so much more. If you are at all interested in Islamic history, it pays to put an image to the names. Durrat Al Arous Island north of Jeddah houses Albatoul Marine which is a fun place for adventure sports. Flyboarding is bit pricey here, but worth it if you’ve ever wanted to walk – no, fly – on water! Water jets are attached to your boots and up you go! Must-Visit Architecture Without a doubt, the Masjid al-Haram in Makkah and Masjid an-Nabawi in Madinah are mandatory. Not just because they are spectacular and places of such peace and tranquillity despite the hustle and bustle, but because they are also home to great reward. Any prayer offered here is multiplied immensely. Credit: Wikipedia Muslims visiting Saudi rarely leave without visiting one of these sites. What most people don’t make it to are the Madain Saleh and sites. Jubbah and Shuwaymus are the areas with rock carving show that there that is so much more to Saudi Arabian history that is yet to be explored. The carvings are in a different language and depict what life was like in those days, much like hieroglyphics. Madain Saleh is not just for history buffs. These fascinating structures built so many thousands of years ago still stand today, attesting to an era long gone but not entirely forgotten. The area used to have fresh water that attracted many settlers who then carved out structures. Today, it is completely dry but the buildings still stand. As with countries in the Middle East, certain attractions can be rather pricey. But when it comes to history, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. 3) Qatar  Qatar is one of the richest countries in the world, and its lifestyle reflects that. Just step into the airport and you are surrounded by brand names and items that seem like they belong in a dream. Despite all this modernity though, Qatar still maintains its heritage, and it is one of the best places to visit. Attractions Credit: Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara on Facebook Banana Island Resort by Anantara is truly a paradise. Even if you’re not staying at the luxury hotel, you can still enjoy the premises. Its tropical flora makes you forget you’re in the Middle East, and you are treated to a range of cuisines. Make the most of the beach and sea, go bowling or take a Segway ride on this almost-private island. Credit: Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) on Facebook In complete contrast is the Museum of Islamic Arts which houses the largest Islamic art collection in the world. Curated from three different continents, Qatar is proud of this gem not only because of what is within but because the structure itself is magnificent, designed by the architect of the Louvre Pyramid. On its own island with a palm-tree lined entrance, set amid a vast landscape and an impeccable view across the water, this place is worth the visit. Credit: Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) on Facebook There are guided tours in English and Arabic every Thursday at 2pm of the permanent collection housed on two floors. Unlike other museums, the Museum of Islamic Arts is organised in such a way that you get a feel of what Islamic art is truly like through the homogeneity of a single print used across various medium. Visitors are requested to avoid strappy and short clothing and you might be restricted from entering. Must-Visit Architecture While some prefer the air-conditioned climate of malls, others would rather take in the culture while roaming the souqs. Souq Waqif is one such place that you should not miss. Contradicting the high-end fashion and attire visible in the malls, the streets are where you get a taste of what Qatar is really like. Vibrant in its sights, smells and feels, Souq Waqif has beautiful traditional bukhoor, spices, and embroidered clothing. Credit: Katara It is also a testament to history as it is where Bedouins would come to trade their essentials too. Katara Cultural Village is a beautiful man-made location to soak up more heritage. From the architecture to the Greek-Islamic style amphitheatre, people flock there in the evenings when the weather gets cooler to enjoy the outdoors. There are restaurants, mosques, and a beach right with water sports and inflatable play complexes, making it the perfect family spot. Qatar is known to be a pricey location but the country is also very hospitable. If you want to live in the lap of luxury for a few days, this is the place for you. 4) Oman  Even though Oman is in the Middle East – and generally what comes to mind when one thinks of ‘Middle East’ is ‘desert’, Oman is one of the few countries that actually has a tropical oasis region. Laidback and serene, the country has plenty to offer tourists. Since a slice of Oman juts into the UAE, many residents of UAE take the opportunity on long weekends or holidays to avail the natural sites available. However, if you decide to stay there exclusively, there is so much more that you can do. Attractions As always, souqs are part of the Middle Eastern charm and Muttrah Souq is no exception. Go there to get your fix of gahwah or Arabic coffee, bargain for souvenirs, or simply to enjoy the feel of being in an Arab country. The beaches of Musandam are one of the areas that you will find people on day trips as it is separated from Oman by a piece of UAE land. Pristine white sands and clear blue waters make this a hot tourist spot. Credit: Richard Bartz on Wikipedia Oman believes in conserving their land and natural resources and this is evident at Ras al Jinz, a natural reserve for endangered green turtles, located on the east coast. Visitors can observe them laying their eggs, and even catch them hatching and returning to the sea. Wadi Bani Khalid is one of those areas that are striking and green as it has a spring that keeps running year round. Add those palm trees to the shades of red that the rocks are made of, and you have a very Instagrammable location. #prettyasapicture #nofilter Credit: Philipp Weigell on Wikipedia Salalah is the vacation spot inside your holiday. Tropical, cool and like a world of its own, this is a must-visit. If you want your holiday to include a bit of a workout, be sure to head to Jabal al Akhdar. Translating to The Green Mountain, it gets its name from the greenery spattered across it, but it is well known for its hiking trails. Another great spot is Jabal ash-Shams, or Mountain of the Sun, so called as it is believed to be the first point that the sun touches when it rises. It is the highest peak in the region and has some great views. Majlis al Jinn is for the rock climbers out there as it has the second largest cave chamber in the world. The Bimmah Sinkhole is a natural phenomenon caused by limestone that eroded below the surface leaving a spectacularly blue-green pool for swimming. Must-Visit Architecture Credit: World Architecture Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque has to be one of the staples on your list of sights to see. This Grand Mosque is one of the chain of Sultan Qaboos mosques built around the world. The high arches, golden domes, engraved walls and a beautiful interior should not be missed. The Royal Opera House sounds like it belongs in England, but this one is in Oman. Besides the various international performances that the venue is used for, you can tour the location that resembles a palace. Oman is like one of those shy kids standing in the back; only when you decide to look further do you realise the gems it has to offer. 5) Kuwait  Kuwait may not be a tourist hotspot, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t waiting to be explored. Like the UAE, Kuwait is known for its modernity and high rise buildings, but they also keep a strong hold on their roots and culture. Kuwait is one of the smaller Middle Eastern countries, but it is worth the trip. When travelling around the GCC, what is striking is that, even though they all appear to be the same on the outside, different aspects of heritage and culture stand out when you dig deep. Attractions Housing an Imax cinema, aquarium, dhow harbour, and a discovery palace, The Scientific Centre is the best place to take kids. The floor-to-ceiling shark and ray tanks are incredible to see, and getting your hands dirty in the Discovery Palace allows kids to get lost in the wonder of science. Credit: @aquaparkq8 on Instagram In addition to viewing the different regions present in the aquarium – the desert, coastal edge, and sea zone – you can also dive with sharks if you have a valid diving licence. The age for diving is 14 years and older. If you don’t want to swim with sharks, no problem! Head to Aqua Park, a major water theme park in Kuwait. Whether you are a child or an adult, Aqua Park has something for everyone. Fancy lazing around? Grab a tube and float on the Lazy River. Want an adrenalin shot? Try the Boomerango. There are cafes and restaurants inside the park which are all halal, but as food can be a bit pricey, take at least a bottle of water with you. Tuesdays are now reserved for ladies’ day, but even if you go with the family, there are separate changing areas for men and women and separate prayer areas. Bikinis are not allowed. Credit: Mirror House The Mirror House is definitely a must-see as, even though it is an art display, it is more like art in action. You will not be bored. Each room is explained by the Italian-Kuwaiti artist and took around 40 years to complete. Yes, 40 years! It better be good! With visual effect and getting the visitors to interact with the art, this is one thing you have to experience to understand. Falaika Island is where you can see true history. Take a ferry to the island that is now an open-air museum, depicting the war. Must-Visit Architecture As with all the Gulf countries, the local Grand Mosque is a must-visit. The architecture is unique to the country and its history, and Kuwait’s Grand Mosque is no exception. With the hustle and bustle of the city, head here to admire the structure and bask in the tranquility. Kuwait Towers are also an iconic part of the city. With a viewing platform and a restaurant, you can grab a bite while you cast your glance of a view over almost the entire country. Tareq Rajab Museum is another standout location to visit. Housing some of the most beautiful pieces in history – think jewels and garments fit for a princess – the collection of Arabic manuscripts is what rocks it to international standards. Mercifully, while the rest of the museum was being looted by Iraqi soldiers during the war, this area was left untouched thanks to the quick thinking of the local guards. The Kuwaiti Dinar is one of the strongest currencies in the world, so don’t be fooled by the small numbers. 6) Bahrain  If you’re looking for a totally laidback holiday, Bahrain is the place to go. As a small country that mostly keeps to itself, Bahrain isn’t on the map as a tourist destination. There are plenty of low-key things you can keep yourself occupied with though, so if this is you, keep reading. Attractions Camping in the desert might seem like a risky move – “What about the snakes and scorpions?” – but wait till you see the level of camping. With proper toilets, plasma TVs, and food in your tents, just think of it as a relocation of your hotel room. Camping is open from October 15th to March 31st. Head to Hawar Island off the coast of Qatar to bask in nature. It is a protected wildlife reserve that is under Qatar as well, and a beautiful place to get away from desert life. Explore the souqs for your regular souvenirs. Just walking around the souq will expose you to items that you wouldn’t even have thought of getting. The biggest thing that Bahrain is known for is hosting the Grand Prix, so be sure to time your holiday around then and grab some tickets! You can’t leave Bahrain without taking an authentic souvenir for yourself, and what better way to do that than to go pearl diving? If you’re finding it hard to decide between buying traditional keepsakes and regular ones, you can take your time exploring Al Jasra Handicraft Centre with displays work by local artisans, or going across to the Capital Mall. Must-Visit Architecture Were you expecting to visit a mosque? Don’t miss Al Fateh Grand Mosque! Muslims and non-Muslims alike are allowed to tour the impressive mosque on Open Day. Qal’at al Bahrain is the 16th century remains of a Bahrain or Portuguese fort that is free to look around. Going back in time a hundred years is the Arad Fort, a 15th century fort that initially guarded its own island before being joined to Muharraq Island. It differs from Qal’at al Bahrain by its Islamic architecture, as it was built before the Portuguese invaded Bahrain. The currency in Bahrain is also pretty strong compared to the other Gulf countries, so the prices can seem a bit steep at times. With the few things there are to do in Bahrain though, we think a few days is enough time to visit....

  • Productive Muslim Retreat: Be Inspired By Mohammed Faris, The Creator of The Productive Muslim

    Productivity coach, author, speaker and inspiration. You name it and he's it. Born in Tanzania, Mohammed Faris aka Abu Productive is the man behind the brainchild 'The Productive Muslim', founder of ProductiveMuslim.com and writer of the new book 'The Productive Muslim: Where Faith Meets Productivity'. Starting off in June 2008 with its headquarters based in London, The Productive Muslim now functions as a virtual company with a volunteer base working globally from various countries including Turkey, France, the United Kingdom, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates. Find out how to be a productive traveller Productive Muslim Website Picture: ProductiveMuslim ProductiveMuslim.com is an online social forum committed to enriching productivity in the Muslim world which is a guide to help Muslims lead a productive lifestyle spiritually, physically, and socially. This is done by incorporating Islamic traditional knowledge and combining teachings of Islam with contemporary productivity tips and tricks. ProductiveMuslim.com started as a personal online journal for Mohammed Faris in which he captured his thoughts and findings on topics that link Islam to productivity. Today, the website enables users to easily access articles, podcasts, retreats, animation videos, doodles and an online academy since October 2008. This site can also be found in an English, Arabic and French version. Picture: ProductiveMuslim The articles provided on the website are categorized into six sections: Ramadan & Productivity, Islam & Productivity, Get Motivated, Feel Better, Work Better and Help Others which are sent in by volunteer contributors, productivity experts, and editors. Productive Muslim delivered a series of two-day seminars in various countries such as Egypt, Malaysia, and Saudi Arabia on topics including "The Link Between Spirituality and Productivity". Virtual seminars are also conducted where the audience contributes via an online website either through a mobile phone, Skype or any other similar methods. The workshops aim to enrich companies about the different aspects of productivity at work such as time management and personal productivity for their employees. The Man behind the Brains Picture: The Productive Muslim Book Mohammed Faris is the founder of ProductiveMuslim.com and author of the book “The Productive Muslim: Where Faith Meets Productivity”. He was born in Tanzania, he grew up in Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom and is now residing in the United States of America.​ He once appeared in an 8-minute TEDx talk, which was conducted in Saudi Arabia in 2011. He spoke about how Islam enlightens Muslims productivity. He continues to assist executives, professionals, and entrepreneurs achieve their personal and professional goals. He is also the CEO of Leading Productive Lives LLC. His Biggest Achievements His success kept growing over time. Thanks to those who voted for Productive Muslim as the best Islam-themed online blog, they won the Brass Crescent Awards countless times. In 2011, Productive Muslim won the Best Blog category and the Best Group Blog category. In 2012, they emerged as champions for the Best Group Blog category and once again in 2013, Productive Muslim won the Best Blog category. In 2014, the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre listed him in World’s 500 Most Influential Muslims record and in 2016, the Dubai Government awarded him the 2016 Islamic Economy Award in the Media category for his generous contribution to the improvement of the international Islamic nation. Picture: Youtube Mohammed Faris has effectively developed productivity mechanisms and solutions including worksheets, applications, and marketing campaigns to help boost one’s productivity. In addition, he has set up systems and policies including recruitment and training of team members to run the project professionally and sustainably to cater to the long run success of the company. With a passion for public speaking, he has delivered worldwide seminars to more than 3000 attendees in diverse locations including London, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and Jeddah. Picture: The Productive Muslim Book He completed writing his very own first book in January 2016, titled" The Productive Muslim: Where Faith Meets Productivity" (ProductiveMuslimBook.com). He is indeed a man who has walked his talk. By joining his love for Islam with modern day productivity techniques and methods, Mohammed will educate you on a plethora of insightful topics which can be incorporated into your daily lifestyle. Some examples from his publications include "How to handle your focus in an age of distractions" and "How to put together fruitful behaviors and routines". The Productive Muslim Retreat Picture: The Productive Muslim Company HalalTrip is proud to mention that we have been in collaboration with the Productive Muslim and now we launch the `The Productive Muslim Retreat - 3rd Edition`, led by Mohammed Faris himself, which will be conducted from 1st-7th March 2019 on the striking Island of Bintan, Indonesia. It consists of a weekend getaway followed by a four-day coaching experience which will leave you nothing less of being spiritual, physically, and socially awake. You will be ensured of leaving with tips of learning on how to sync your life goals to your eventual mission in this life. You will also be enlightened and guided on how to live the greatest version of yourself and which methods would suit you ideally. This retreat will enable you to inculcate that optimum version of yourself by guiding you on how to apply it to your daily lifestyle. We ensure there is a great deal to take home through the retreats group spiritual, physical, and social activities and private one-to-one coaching sessions. Book Now! Contact: +65 9729 4638Website: htrp.me/PMR Read more on Productive Muslim Retreat 2018   ...

  • Solo Umrah: Is It Possible?

    The Umrah is one of the most personal and memorable journeys you will ever take, which is why you must organize it around your own needs and preferences. Visited by millions or more throughout the year for Umrah and Hajj, the teeming city, Mecca, is bustling with pilgrims from all over the globe and all walks of life, come together for the purpose of their faithful duties to their Lord. One of the most common questions people have is whether to travel alone or in a group. It could be that your family and friends are not in a position to go with you or you really don’t want to wait any longer, or perhaps going by yourself is your choice. Traveling solo is not a big hassle if you know the language (Arabic and English). When going for Umrah on your own and knowing how to plan it, going solo can actually save you money as well as more flexibility and exploring places. Apply for Umrah Visa If you are planning to travel solo for Umrah, the first process is to arrange for a visa and then book flight and hotel. The best bet is to check with the travel agencies for the needed documents. Umrah visas are offered from the 1st of Muharram to the 15th of Ramadhan. Most pilgrims opt to use a specialized travel agency, which will handle all the paperwork for them. Book your Flight and Hotel Planning a Solo Umrah can really help you keep the cost under budget and make it a memorable experience as well. If you want to save money, just get the Umrah visa through them (travel agencies) and take care of the rest on your own. For solo travel, you may prefer a single room. You can also opt for a hotel that suits your own interests and preferences; perhaps somewhere quieter, in a more peaceful location, or hotels that put you at the heart of Mecca. Depending on your needs, you can go for a budget accommodation or a more luxury accommodation for less. For flights and hotels, you can simply go on to any travel websites and book your tickets and rooms just like with any other destination. Few recommendations for hotels in Makkah: For the Budget Wary Picture Credit: M Hotel Makkah Facebook M Hotel Makkah by Millennium: It is a 4-star property about 2.5 km away from Masjid al-Haram. You have a free shuttle to take you there 24hrs. Mid-Range Picture Credit: Swissotel Hotels Swissotel Al Maqam Makkah: This hotel gets you closer to the Masjid al-Haram without paying a fortune. You’ll still have to walk 5-10 minutes to the mosque. The Luxurious Travelers Picture Credit: Hilton Suites Hilton Suites or any hotel in Abraj Al baith: This hotel has the best reviews at a reasonable price right in front of the Masjid al-Haram. Few recommendations for hotels in Madinah: For the Budget Wary Picture Credit: Elaf Group Meshal Al Madina: Nothing fancy, just a place to sleep and shower that’s about 5 minutes to Masjid an-Nabawi. Mid-Range Picture Credit: Pullman Hotels Pullman ZamZam Madinah: Not too pricey and within a 5-minute walk to Masjid an-Nabawi. The Luxurious Travelers Picture Credit: Intercontinental Hotels Intercontinental Madinah: Literally right next to Masjid an-Nabawi. Ultimate convenience and luxury for the most reasonable price. There is no need to be self-conscious or concerned, either – the minute you arrive at your hotel, you will see that this is an experience that offers no boundaries for age or background. Everyone mingles together in a way that breaks down all perceived barriers, leaving you free to carry out your Umrah in a relaxed and immersive way. Arriving You will land in either Medina or Jeddah. During busy times such as Ramadan and peak holidays, it is best to arrive in Medina first. The airport is smaller and not many airlines fly into Medina, therefore, it is less congested. You can be done with immigration and collect your luggage within an hour where in Jeddah it can be up to 2 to 3 hours or even longer. If you are doing Solo Umrah you can manage and find flights that can arrive in Medina which would be more manageable. Arrive at the hotel and rest since the distance from Medina airport to your hotel wouldn’t exceed a 25 min drive. Then travel Medina to Mecca by SAPTCO buses or by an Uber or taxis. Upon your return, all you need to do is to get from Mecca to Jeddah. This way you can save a 5-hour journey by a coach since only you need to travel from Medina to Mecca. Prices for flights arriving in Medina and leaving from Jeddah are not too expensive either and it is less of a hassle compared to the 10-hour return journey to Medina by coach. Jeddah airport is a busier airport so queues and delays are more prevalent. I would recommend to try not to fly into Jeddah if you can. Of course, if you cannot avoid it then brace yourself with patience, plenty of it too. It is an hour journey (1 hr) to get from Jeddah to Mecca. Taxi drivers may give you high prices which you need to negotiate. It is better to book an Uber and pay a base rate of 250 SAR to get to Mecca, no negotiating needed. Use Uber to get to Medina as well. The approximate rates are as follows: Jeddah to Makkah – 250 SARJeddah to Madinah – 900 SAR SIM Card You can buy location sim card from the airport from 35 Sr onwards on STC, Mobily or Zain networks. Money The Saudi currency is the Saudi riyal (ريال, SAR), which has traded at a fixed 3.75 to the US dollar. Saudi Arabia is still largely a cash society, but credit card and debit card acceptance are surprisingly good everywhere. ATMs are ubiquitous, especially in gas stations and malls. All banks accept foreign cards. Food and Drink Picture Credit: AlBaik You are safely going to the cheapest country for food. You can indulge in some great tongue tickling delicacies in Mecca and Medina. From splurge restaurants to pocket-friendly street food, there is a vast variety of food available nearby to both mosques. If you are a fast food lover do not forget to have Albaik, which is well known as a budget-friendly restaurant with 12 SR for a 4-piece chicken breast. The middle eastern staple, Shawarma, is widely available at 4 to 5 SR being the standard price for a sandwich. Traveling alone can be daunting, what more traveling solo with a purpose to perform Umrah. Sometimes you need that extra push to do something beyond ordinary and In Shaa Allah it will bring the best of experiences to you and your soul....

  • 10 Muslim Footballers Everyone Should Be A Fan Of

    Football is an international sport that transcends religion, ethnicities and nationalities. So, Muslim Footballers are far and wide. Some surprises may be found as you read through the players! Whilst others will openly perform Sajdah after a goal, or their social media and popularity have given it away. Here are the short stories of 10 Muslim footballers. 1. Mesut Ozil Picture Credit: 101 Great Goals Nationality: Germany and TurkishTeams: Arsenal, GermanyPosition: Attacking Midfielder Football Story Starting young in German teams, his first team career ended badly when he fell out with the club Manager of Schalke 04. This led to his defining role in Werder Bremen where his role as a key playmaker allowed him to gain fame, he was declared "best player of the first half of the season". This allowed his big move to the team of Real Madrid which was important as a rising skillful player he required a famous team. After 3 seasons, Arsene Wenger played a key role in convincing Ozil to come play for Arsenal. This move was hated by his Real Madrid co-players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, "He was the player who best knew my moves in front of goal ... I'm angry about Özil leaving.” Ozil has since become synonymous with Arsenal being signed on till 2021. He is known for being a German Turkish player proud of his heritage and religion. He has stated in interviews that he recites Quran before every game and this habit is respected by his team-mates who know not to disturb him. In an interview he explained, "My technique and feeling for the ball is the Turkish side to my game. The discipline, attitude and always-give-your-all is the German part." 2. Franck Ribery Picture Credit: FC Bayern Munich Nationality: FranceTeams: Bayern Munchen, FrancePosition: ​Winger, Left Side Football Story He began playing at the age of 6. At the age of 13 he joined the professional outfit of Lille, he left for the biggest club in the city of Boulogne, US Boulogne, after a few moves in 2005 he joined Marseille on a 5 year contract. His style of play "fast, tricky, and an excellent dribbler who has great control with the ball at his feet" gained him recognition and fame for his left sided play. His current role in Bayern Munich has proven to be long-standing as his career with the German club started in 2007 and has been contracted till 2019. Although, his international career with the French team has ended due to “purely personal” reasons in 2014, he has continued to persevere with Bayern Munich despite injuries. Ribery married a French national of Algerian Descent and converted to Islam, adopting the name Bilal Yusuf Mohamed. In addition, to conversion, Ribery has opened a non-alcoholic bar in attempts to fight alcohol addiction, he named the bar after his 2 daughters. 3. Demba Ba Picture Credit: Goal.com Nationality: SenegalTeams: Senegal and Shanghai ShenhuaPosition: Striker Football Story Although his career started in France, Demba gained fame when he joined famous English teams such as West Ham United, Newcastle United and Chelsea. He left Chelsea earlier than his contract deadline due to the arrival of Diego Costa another striker. This time his move was more than over the English Channel and he joined a Turkish team Beşiktaş, he moved on to China a year later to join Shanghai Shenhua and has become a key player scoring 6 goals in 11 games including a hat-trick. He won the titles of 2015 Chinese FA Cup Most Valuable Player and Top Scorer. Born Muslim due to the majority of muslims in West-Africa, Demba performs Sujud on the pitch as a celebration of goals and observes fasts during the Islamic month of Ramadan. 4. Islam Feruz Picture Credit: We Ain't Got No History Nationality: British, Somali, TanzaniaTeams: Chelsea and ScotlandPosition: Forward Football Story From a Somali family who migrated to Yemen and Tanzania to escape the violence and war, he joined the Celtic club and they helped him to stay in the country and move into an expensive flat. His first match was at the age of 14. He moved to Chelsea in 2011 but it was in 2014 that a long-term contract was signed, however through his career he has been loaned to many teams for specific seasons and games. Born in a Muslim country and being educated in Scotland’s most racially diverse schools Hillhead High School, he has had the chance to practice his religion freely. His name is a great hint to his religion. 5. Paul Pogba Picture Credit: LE BUZZ Nationality: FrenchTeams: France, Manchester UnitedPosition: Central Midfielder (sometimes Attacking Midfielder, Defensive Midfielder) Football Story Known as a midfielder player, his capability of playing left, in holding and even attacking shows a versatility only a few football players hold. He's known for his long legs which work quick and has a powerful and accurate striking ability. His career began in the national youth football team. He was destined for greatness when he captained the team at just 16, then later for the under 20 team. His senior career debut was in 2013 when he played the full 90 minutes and gained a reputation for being a team player and eventually won the FIFA tournament’s Best Young Player. Recently during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, he scored the winning goal in France’s game against Australia. Recently, social media blew up for football fans when Pogba uploaded pictures of him in a Mosque near a charity box and also holding a Qur’an in-front of the holy Ka’bah. Reports claim that his mother was the one who introduced him to Islam years ago and this inspiring woman was the one that keep her sons away from the drugs that surrounded their home in Roissy-en-Brie, pushing Pogba to pursue his football career. At 24, the young Muslim player has a huge amount of thanks for his mother. 6. Asmir Begovic Picture Credit: BBC Nationality: Bosnian, CanadaTeams: Bournemouth, BosniaPosition: Goalkeeper Football Story Although he began his football career in Canada and earned a trial with Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspur, allowing him the opportunity to become an international Goalkeeper, Asmir as a dual national decided to change and play for his homeland. His long career has seen him start in Portsmouth and move to Stoke city where he signed a 4 and ½ year contract. When that has ended, his most popular move was to Chelsea where £8 million was signed as part of the deal. Begović became the 5th goalkeeper to score a goal in the English Premier League with FC Chelsea, setting the world record for ‘longest goal scored in football.’ Last year, he moved to AFC Bournemouth and has shown impressive game playing. A tense game between his old team Chelsea V. Bournemouth saw 3-0 to Bournemouth, making Chelsea regret letting him go. Born in a Muslim-Majority country he helped Bosnia qualify for the 2014 FIFA world cup, the first time Bosnia had ever qualified for the major football tournament. 7. Mohamed Salah Picture Credit: The Liverpool Offside Nationality: EgyptianTeams: Liverpool, EgyptPosition: Forward Football Story The internet and world recently exploded with sympathy and admiration for Mohamed Salah. Most fans claim he carried Egypt to the FIFA World Cup 2018. He is known to be a tactical player with good technique and an eye for goal, playing as Forward and Striker. He has definitely carried out his responsibilities for his team. His role in the UEFA champions league 2018 was huge, scoring a crazy amount of 32 goals. José Mourinho described Salah as “young, he's fast, he's creative, he's enthusiastic. When we analysed him he looks the kind of humble personality on the pitch, ready to work for the team.” Salah is a practicing Muslim and often celebrates his goals with sujood, he has increased awareness of Islam in the English Northern town and his impact on Liverpudlians has been positive, some fans claiming they would convert to Islam if he continued to score. Internationally, he has been nicknamed “the Pharaoh” by fans and international media, his role as a leader can be seen through active regeneration projects in Nagrig, his hometown where a reported 65% of inhabitants live in poverty. 8. Mehdi Benatia Picture Credit: The Independent Nationality: French, MoroccanTeams: Juventus, MoroccoPosition: Centre Back Football Story His career began in Marseille and over the years he has moved around European teams, from Udinese to Roma, then Bayern Munich where he signed a 5 year contract, after the end of that he moved to the Italian Champions Juventus as a loan but his impressive game playing led to Juventus signing him on till 2020. Despite being Algerian and Moroccan, he chose to play for Morocco in 2008. His good technique, defensive ability and strong game-playing earned him the position of Captain. His goal against Ivory Coast showed his versatility as a player and also qualified Morocco to the 2018 FIFA World cup. Mehdi Benatia often wished his followers on social media Eid Mubarak as well as other Muslim celebrations, furthermore whilst he was in Germany news broke out that he refused to hold a beer in a promotional shoot due to his faith. 9. Fahad Al-Muwallad Picture Credit: Levante UD Nationality: Saudi- ArabiaTeam: Al-Ittihad, Saudi ArabiaPosition: Winger Football Story His career started in Jeddah where he gained prominence and was approached by Barcelona but rejected to join Al Ittihad. Since this decision, he has stayed with them for 6 seasons and gained the title of most promising and fastest player in Asia. Internationally, he was named in Saudi Arabia’s squad for the 2018 FIFA world Cup, due to the failure of Saudi Arabia to score any goals in their group games, his performance has been considered a dissapointment. However, he has gained popularity on a wider scale. Born Muslim he has expressed faith and his gratefulness to God in interviews which express his Islamic attitude. When he qualified for the World Cup he said, “Thanks to God for my first participation in La Liga,”. 10. Riyad Mahrez Picture Credit: Sports Illustrated Nationality: France, AlgerianTeams: Leicester City, AlgeriaPosition: Winger Football Story Mahrez has stated in an interview with The Guardian that after the death of his father, "I don't know if I started to be more serious but after the death of my dad things started to go for me. Maybe in my head, I wanted it more". His major break was joining Leicester City where his skills brought him attention, in total he has scored 83 goals throughout his career. Internationally, he chose to represent Algeria rather than France, a rare move amongst French-Algerian players, he assisted many goals as well as scoring the qualifier in the Africa Cup of Nations. Throughout his career he has won many awards as player of the year nationally and internationally. Mahrez is a practicing muslim who performed Umrah in 2017, he also married a Punjabi Sikh who converted to Islam. They have a daughter named Inaya, an Arabic name that gives the meaning of grace and solitude....

  • Muslim Traveller's Guide to Saudi Arabia

    Saudi Arabia is one of the most prominent Islamic countries in the world, that is visited by thousands of pilgrims and Muslim tourists annually. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has a prosperous tourist industry that generates millions of dollars each year. If you're a Muslim who is travelling to Saudi Arabia you won't have to worry about finding Halal food near you, however, one thing that you should always keep in mind is that Saudi Arabia is very strict if you break their laws. There are certain exclusive customs and laws in Saudi Arabia that a visitor must abide by: You must wear proper clothing as directed by Saudi Arabia’s law. Do not disrespect historical Islamic figures. Do not act indecently near shrines or places of worship. You might not be allowed to film or take photos in certain places including the Masjid Al-Haram in Makkah. Do not try to take things without asking – stealing has grave consequences in Saudi Arabia. Do not insult the government or the monarchy. Littering comes with heavy fines. Women will be allowed to drive according to a royal decree. However, this change of law will be implemented in June 2018, so driving is still illegal for women. Stay away from any major political activity during your trip If you do get into trouble, be extremely patient with the law enforcers Even though the main places of interest for any Muslim tourist in Saudi Arabia are its Holy cities of Makkah and Medina, these are not the only regions that tourists visit in Saudi Arabia. Jeddah, Riyadh, Taif etc are all congregation points for foreign tourists. So if you're planning to visit Saudi Arabia, here's where you should go: Jeddah: Jeddah city is one of the main entry points for foreigners entering Saudi Arabia, and The King Abdul Aziz Airport is one of the largest, busiest airports in the Kingdom. Unlike other Saudi cities, Jeddah, is in close proximity to the Holy City of Makkah. Jeddah which lies on the coast of the Red Sea is one of the major financial centers of the country. Keeping the history aside, the modern city is worth exploring with tons of high rises wherever you look, the roads are clean and there are plenty of shopping places and malls to visit - one of the most famous shopping spots are Hyper Panda and The Andalus Mall. However, the most noteworthy and exclusive thing about Jeddah is The King Fahd's Fountain that has been built in the middle of the sea and is visible from Jeddah's coast. Although the fountain spouts water all day long, the best time to witness its grandeur is after nightfall when the fountain is illuminated. Similar fountains can be found in other cities around the world too, but what's special about The King Fahd's Fountain is that it's the largest one you'll find anywhere. Furthermore, the city is also famous for its large expat population where you don't have to be worried about being lost in a foreign country, as the city is quite multicultural and friendly. Best attractions in Jeddah Find Halal food near you in Jeddah Makkah: When taking Route 40 from Jeddah, you will arrive at the Holy city of Makkah in about an hour. Since Makkah does not have its own airport, your entry point will most probably be Jeddah or Medina. There are plenty of bus and car hire services which will take you to Makkah from Jeddah and Medina, such as the bus service known as Saptco which offers intercity transport. Makkah is filled with all kinds of hotels that ranges from very cheap to outrageously expensive. Most travelers with a high budget tend to stay at the renowned Makkah Tower hotel that is located just above the Masjid Al-Haram – from where you can get amazing views of the Mosque and the Holy Kaaba. Low cost hotels are usually located deep in the city and might be as far as 1 Kilometer away from the Mosque. There's a lot of history in and around Makkah – you might need to book a guided tour from a private company to cover all the major points in the city, since travelling independently is extremely difficult. But if you're up for a challenge, you can explore them by yourself too. Must visit locations in Makkah include the Masjid e Jinn where ghosts or Jinns are said to pray and the Hira Cave which is associated with Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) revelations. There's also the Mount Arafat which is one of the most famous places in the Islamic Prophecies and is also visited during Hajj. Visit attractions in Makkah The airport guide to Makkah Medina: Formerly known as Yathrab or Yasrab, Medina is one of the most important ancient Muslim cities in the world. Just like Makkah, Medina did not have an international airport and the only way to enter it was through other cities. However, now there is a Medina Airport that has been given international status where passengers from China, Turkey, Egypt, Pakistan and other parts of the world can directly arrive at Medina instead of any other city. The main attraction of Medina is the Prophet's Mosque, which is also one of the main congregation points for Muslim pilgrims. Remember if you're touring the Prophet's Mosque to stay with close with your family, since the place is awfully crowded and there have been reports of stampedes inside. Other places worth visiting include the Quba Mosque which also holds the title of being the oldest Mosque in the world, then there's the Mount Uhad which holds great importance in the Islamic Religion. You can also find the Hejaz Railway Museum which showcases trains and other transport vehicles from the Ottoman times. Halal food is most probably the only type of food there, and as far as I know there's nothing non-Halal in Medina. You can dine in at one of the economical Bengali or Pakistani restaurants or the famous chain restaurants such as KFC, you don't have to worry about the food being anything other than Halal. Riyadh: If you want to explore the modern Saudi Arabia you should visit Riyadh which is the capital city and the most developed one too, being a major destination for expats and tourists alike. Riyadh is also one of the wealthiest cities in Saudi Arabia – there are tons of modern glitzy hotels and restaurants, and it’s quite easy to find Halal food restaurants near you. Burj Rafal, a hotel located in Riyadh is among the tallest in the world, other than the Burj Al Faisaliyah which features a ball point pen shaped skyscraper that contains a restaurant with a mesmerizing view. If you get tired of the city, head over to the Masmak Fort or Murabba Palace to explore some of this area's history. Halal food near you in Riyadh Best attractions in Riyadh Plan your next trip to Saudi Arabia for a unique experience. Find nearby Mosques and prayer places in Saudi Arabia with the HalalTrip App....



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