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5 Places In Madinah That Deserve To Be Visited By Tourists

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Madinah welcomes millions of pilgrims yearly, most visit the Prophet’s Mosque, Quba mosque and maybe even Mount Uhud during their stay but they end up missing out on some amazing tourist sites that the city has to offer. Here are 5 of them.

P.S. Most of the sites mentioned on our list don’t even charge entry fees.

1. Hejaz Railway Museum

The legendary Hejaz Railway once ran from Damascus all the way till Madinah. This railway station was the last stop on the iconic railway line. Once used by thousand at its peak, the railway station has been converted into a museum and thrown open to tourists. A few interesting artifacts can be found here including rare manuscripts and age-old war weapons.

2. Dar Al Madinah

Housing one of the best private collections in the country the Dar Al Madinah is a site that has remained off the tourist grid for long. It is located a bit further away from the Prophet’s mosque but it is worth the journey. Here, one will get an idea of the glorious history of Madinah and the important role the city played in the early years of Islam.

3. Wadi Jinn (Wadi Al Baidha)

The magnetic hill is hugely popular on social media. Videos of the place have garnered millions of views on YoutTube for a seemingly gravity-defying stretch of road in the valley. Visitors to this place can be seen pouring water on a spot where the water is said to move against the natural descent of the slope. Plus, there is a body of water nearby that looks mesmerizing during sunsets.

4. The Holy Quran Exhibition

The Prophet’s mosque in Madinah is surrounded by multiple exhibitions and one of the most fascinating ones is the Holy Quran Exhibition. A crowd favorite inside is an ancient Afghani manuscript of the Quran. This manuscript weighs over 154 kg and is said to be one of the largest handwritten copies of the Quran.

5. Quba Fort

Located a stone’s throw away from Masjid Quba, this ottoman era fort is reminiscent of a bygone time. It has recently has been restored and is largely believed to have been used a military garrison in its heydays. It is, however, not open to tourists yet.

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Saudi Arabia Grants Permanent Residency to Foreigners

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Just recently, the Kingdom has opened its doors for tourists from across the world and now 73 individuals, of non-Saudi nationality, have been granted permanent residency without the need of a sponsor.

This is once again all part of the Kingdom’s plans in attracting overseas investment by allowing certain people to attain properties and do business.

With the tourist visa, and now this new permanent residency program, the kingdom hopes to improve its economy by reducing its dependency on oil and opening up new new sectors for investments. By increasing tourism, the livelihood of Saudi Arabia is expected to witness an evolution as well.

According to an article published in Bloomberg, “the kingdom received thousands of applications after offering permanent residency for 800,000 riyals (Dhs 783,546) or a one-year renewable permit for 100,000 riyals (Dhs 97,943).”

 

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‘Diriyah Gate’ Project to Be Inaugurated This Month

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The restoration of Diriyah will officially be inaugurated on November 19th with a remarkable event to celebrate the gega-project known as Diriyah Gate, which has been accomplished to welcome visitors to the historical area of Diriyah.

The event will showcase the efforts of Saudi Arabia in introducing the cultural area as one of the Kingdom’s greatest gathering places, the celebration will officially inaugurate the project ‘Diriyah Gate’ which is a cultural touristic destination for Saudi Arabia with UNESCO World Heritage Site at its heart.

This remarkable event will include a world-class gala dinner, serving food that is completely sourced from Saudi farms, musical performances by Saudi musicians and pyrotechnics and costumed historical interpreters who will introduce history stories to the guests.

“There is only one Diriyah. Only this place can tell the story of the Saudi people and inspire new generations to commit to the dynamic vision of the future. This is truly a momentous time in this extraordinary country, and I am proud to lead a world-class team in the development of this historic site that is destined to become a global cultural icon and one of the world’s greatest gathering places.” Jerry Inzerillo, CEO of Diriyah Gate Development Authority, said.

The project is set to become one of the main cultural destination in Saudi Arabia, giving visitors the opportunity to gather, explore, shop and dine in one the finest and most appealing places in the Kingdom. All of which will appeal to the local and international tourists, seeking a sense of authenticity.

 

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All Flights to Be Relocated to the New Jeddah Airport by Next Year

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It has been announced that as of next year, all flights to Saudi Arabia will be relocated form the old King Abdulaziz International Airport to the new Jeddah airport.

This will include flights to and from Athens, Rome, Frankfurt, Geneva, Munich, Milan and Vienna.

According to sources, the fourth phase will kick off in mid-November and will cover destinations including Dammam, Qasim, Cairo, Khartoum, Kuwait, Nairobi and Beirut. While the fifth phase will begin on December 10th to include flights to Ankara, Tunisia, Johannesburg, Delhi, Mumbai and others.

The transition from the old airport to the new one will be gradual so that by the end of this year, the national carrier will begin its long distance hauls to Europe and America.

More flights will begin to kick off from the new airport by the end of the first quarter of next year, up until the airport reached its maximum capacity of 100 million passengers yearly.

 

 

 

 

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