Al Kiswah Factory in Makkah is well worth a visit; as this is where the Kiswah, or the fabric that drapes the Kabah is made. Those interested in visiting will, however, have to obtain permission from the government prior to paying it a visit. The Kiswah of the Kabah is changed yearly on the 9th of Dhulhijjah, every Hijri year and those visiting the Kiswah Factory will be able to observe how the Kiswah is made and see the chosen men sew gold calligraphy into black silk fabric. The process of making the Kiswah takes approximately 8 to 10 months and once completed, the new Kiswah is handed over to the Masjid Al Haram officials. Situated 10 minutes away from the Masjid Al Haram by vehicle, the Kiswah Factory is adjacent to the museum known as the Exhibition on Buildings of two Harams. Since those visiting need to do so in a group it is best to get a tour company to make the arrangements. You can apply for permits/appointments for a visit on their official website: WWW.MY.GOV.SA
Free of charge
Since an appointment has to be made prior to visiting the factory the timing will depend on the time given my government officials
Around 1 hour
Adults, senior visitors, young adults, families, children
The process of making the Kiswah
Visitors to any part of the Kingdom will find it quite easy to locate prayer facilities as there are numerous masjids spread across each city. Those visiting the Kiswah Factory in Makkah could inquire if the factory has prayer facilities if necessary, or could ask the tour guides to take them to the nearest mosque.
Finding Halal food in Makkah or any other city in Saudi Arabia is not a problem; as all restaurants in the Kingdom are Muslim-friendly. The city of Makkah has a plethora of Halal food outlets serving an array of cuisines such as Indian, western, Italian, and much more. Visitors to Makkah will therefore surely be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining options in the city.