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MEDINA CITY GUIDE

INTRODUCTION

Al Madinah Al-Munawrah (Medina) is the second holly city of Islam and is the capital of Medina Province. The city is commonly visited as part of the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimage and hosts the Mosque of the Prophet of Islam named in Arabic Al-Masjid An-Nabawi which is the second most holy place in Islam after the Kaaba in Mecca.

Discover the city of the Prophet “Peace be upon him�? and learn more about the religious and historical places you must visit during your trip to Medina.

USEFUL INFORMATION

Where

Southwest Asia

GMT/UTC

+ 3h

Number of guests

6

Million
yearly

WEATHER (IN ℃)

Average temperature during the year
Jan 23 Apr 34 Jul 42 Oct 36
11 20 24 18
               
Feb 26 May 39 Aug 43 Nov 30
12 23 26 13
               
Mar 32 Jun 42 Sep 41 Dec 27
18 24 23 12

PLACES TO VISIT

HISTORICAL PLACES TO VISIT

1. Mosque of Al-Ghamama
is one of the oldest mosques in Medina, Saudi Arabia, located in the place believed to be where the Islamic prophet Muhammad performed an Eid prayer in the year 631. Nowadays, the mosque is one of the historical relics of Medina.
2. The Beautiful Names of Allah Exhibition
This permanent exhibition located next to Al Masjid an-Nabawi showcases a presentation of the various Names of Allah. Visitors get a chance to immerse in the beauty of the names that are presented in an artistic modern style.
3. Ghar Al Sajda
Its also called Cave of Bani Haram in some of the historical books. It is also believed to be the place where the Islamic prophet Muhammad stopped by for prayer during digging of a trench before the battle where miraculous event occurred.
4. The Seven Mosques
(Al-Masajid As-Sab’ah) or Sab’u Masajid is a complex of six small historic and often visited mosques in the city of Medina, Saudi Arabia. The complex consists of six mosques in spite of the name “Sab’ah�? means “seven�?, because it included the Masjid al-Qiblatayn originally.
5. Hejaz Railway Museum
This museum showcases one of the oldest railways in old Hejaz that used to connect Damascus and Medina passing through Jordan, Sahari, Tabouk mountains and Hejaz mountains. It is 1,329 km long and was established by Sultan Abed Al Hameed the second in 1900. Now open to the public as a museum, it displays the history of the station and Medina.
6. Masjid al-Qiblatayn
The Mosque of the Two Qiblas in Medina uniquely houses two prayer niches (mihrabs), one niche faces Jerusalem (Al-Aqsa Mosque) and the other one faces Mecca (Kaaba). Historically important for Muslims this mosque is accentuated by the design of twin minarets and twin domes which stand out with their beautiful Islamic design
7. Palace of Sa’id Ibn al-’As
This palace was built by Sa’id Ibn al-‘As when he was governor of Medina under Caliph Mu’awiya. It is located in Wadi al-Aqeeq that runs along the western boundary of Medina.
8. Al Noor Mall
One of the biggest malls in Medina, Al Noor Mall houses a large number of international brands and a wide range of restaurants in addition to the Sparky’s entertainment center making it ideal for families with children.
9. Uhud martyrs cemetery
The Martyrs of Uhud Cemetery contains the bodies of 70 Shuhada (martyrs) who were killed during the Battle of Uhud, the most notable being the uncle of the Prophet, Hamza ibn Abdul Muttalib.
10. Uhud Mountain
This mountain gained importance in the Uhud battle that took place between Muslims and the Meccans. It is believed that quite a few of the Prophet’s companions were killed during this battle, most notable being the uncle of the Prophet, Hamza ibn Abdul Muttalib.
11. King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Quran
Is the largest printing plant located in Medina, Saudi Arabia that publishes the Qur’an in Arabic and other languages. The company produces about 10 million copies a year since 1985, and made over 10 million books of the Qur’an that has been distributed all around the world.
12. Al Rashid Mall
Designed for shopping, entertainment and relaxation, the Al Rashid Mall has a multitude of global well-known brands and a variety of unique restaurants that cater to every palate.
13. Dar Al Medina Museum
Dar Al Medina is considered the first and the biggest museum showcasing the civil and historical architecture of Medina. Reflecting Islamic heritage, the museum showcases in details the prophet’s life journey and the culture and civilization in the city.
14. Quba Mosque
The oldest mosque in the world that dates to the lifetime of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. its first stones were positioned by Muhammad as soon as he arrived on his emigration from the city of Mecca to Medina. The mosque is well known with its unique Islamic design and high minarets and a fascinating interior.
15. Museum of Sheikh Salama bin rashdan Al-Juhani
This museum is an ancient heritage museum and one of the biggest traditional museums in Medina. It has collectibles with historical significance and showcases the old Saudi heritage beautifully.

TRAVELING TIPS
FOR VISITORS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Free wheelchairs are available for visitors of Al-Masjid an-Nabawi during their stay in Medina.
Folding chairs are available for visitors with weak physical abilities.
There is a section for deaf, male visitors in Al Masjid an-Nabawi where the Khutbah is translated in sign language. However, please note that sign language differs from one country to another i.e. the Arabic sign language is different from that used in the USA, Pakistan or other countries.
Hotels and buses do not support visitors with special needs, therefore it is ideal to let your hotel know of your needs in advance or have a private assistant throughout the trip.

HEALTH TIPS
FOR MADINAH GUESTS

Take precautions when consuming food and drinks outside; ensure vegetables and fruits are thoroughly washed.
Avoid exposure to the sun for long periods, and try staying away from crowded places as much as possible.
Get enough rest and sleep.
Wear light cotton clothes which are loose and light colored.
Have plenty of fluids on hot days, especially on the Day of ‘Arafah.

SERVICES AROUND MADINAH

HOSPITAL

  • King Fahd Hospital
  • Ohud Hospital
  • Al-Thyqat General Medical Complex
  • Prince Sultan Military Medical City
  • Saudi German Hospital
  • King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Dialysis Center
  • Dr. Hamid Sulaiman Al- Ahmadi Hospital
  • Al Ansaar general Hospital
  • Tayeb City Hospital
  • Rahma Hospital outpatient
  • Safa Al-Medina Hospital
  • Aldar Hospital
  • Medical Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Medina National Hospital
  • Maternity and Children Hospital
  • Al Amal Mental Health Complex
  • Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz Hospital
  • Pilgrims City Hospital

HOTEL

  • Le Méridien Medina
  • InterContinental Dar Al Hijra Medina
  • Al Medina Harmony Hotel
  • Rove Hotel
  • Sofaraa Al Huda Hotel
  • The Oberoi, Medina
  • Al Rawda Royal Inn
  • Anwar Al Medina Mövenpick Hotel
  • Salihiya Hotel
  • Hotel Pullman Zamzam Medina
  • Millennium Taiba Medina
  • Grand Marmara Hotel

CURRENCY EXCHANGE

  • Saaedi For Currency Exchange
  • Al Harbi For Currency Exchange
  • Mubarak Salim Lahibi & Sons Exchange

RENTAL

  • Al Wefaq Rent A Car
  • Hanco Rent A Car
  • Jama Rent A Car
  • Budget Migration
  • Modern fleets Rent A Car
  • Alyam Alarabi Rent A Car
  • Hanco Rent A Car
  • Avis Rent A Car
  • Al Thaqeb Rent A Car
  • Budget Rent A Car - Al Azizia

DATES MARKET

  • Central Dates Market
  • Sultan Al Tomor

RESTAURANTS

  • Al Baik Restaurant,
    Medina Fast food
  • Babel Restaurant
    Fast food
  • Al Atbaq Restaurant
    Pakistani
  • Shalimar Restaurants
    Indian
  • Acve Turkish Restaurant
    Turkish
  • Seafood Restaurant
    Seafood
  • Beiruti Lebanese
  • Shing Yang
    Chinese
  • Half Moon Coffee shop
  • jazz lounge medina
    International cuisine
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