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Travel to Medina, which invites you to explore its rich religious heritage and culture
Start your trip with a visit to The Prophet’s Mosque or Al Masjid al-Nabawi will amaze you for both the sheer number of people within it and being the burial place of Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him). The Green Dome, built above the Prophet’s tomb is located in the south-east corner of the mosque. Continuing to lQuba Mosque, the site of the oldest mosque in Islam, founded by Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) after his flight from Mecca. The unique Masjid Al-Qiblatayn mosque is the only remaining building which contains two mehrabs: one pointing to Mecca and one to Jerusalem. It was here that the prophet first turned from Jerusalem to Mecca while in prayer.
Travel in style from Riyadh to Medina
Not only a site of pilgrimage, Medina has long been welcoming visitors ready to explore its history and unique natural surroundings. After soaking up Islamic tradition, visit the streets surrounding the Prophet’s Mosque, which are filled with shops selling all kinds of goods, including prayer rugs and dates. The Hejaz Railway Museum, situated on the grounds of the restored historic Ottoman railway station, lets you explore the historic engines and rolling stock of one of the oldest railways in the world. Then take a pause in one of the city’s many international restaurants and enjoy cuisine ranging from the traditional taamiyya vegetable sandwich to Indian, Chinese and Indonesian restaurants. Worthy of a day trip outside of city, and located in an otherwise arid desert, the Al Wahbah Crater boasts a dazzling white salt flat within its depths and stunning green vegetation around its rim, and the palm trees and shrubs form a sharp contrast with the barren desert around it. In the other direction Al’Ula is a 2,000 year old abandoned town built from stone and mud that stands on the site of the biblical city of Dedan, with remnants of traditional Arab architecture. The last family left the city in 1983, trading its cramped ancient streets for a new town just next door, and it is possible to wander the streets of Al’ Ula completely alone.