According to the culture of the Arabs and Islam, Mecca is known to be a holy ground; it is the birth place of Muhammad and the site where he received his first Quran revelation. It is located close to Jeddah in Hejaz region, western Saudi Arabia. Mecca is the host of Kaaba which is described as the holiest places in Mecca according to the Islamic religion and also leads the Muslim prayer. The rulers of Mecca, also known as The Sharif are of Muhammad’s Offspring. Mecca has experienced a huge transformation since its creation, it has been expanded and during the expansion process it lost a couple of its ancient sites and structures. The annual Islamic pilgrimage has actually been the major contributor to the economic development of the city, but Mecca is no longer an instrument to the growth of the Nation as Saudi Arabia’s economic development is focused on oil export. Textiles, Utensils and Furniture are still manufactured in Mecca by the few active industries.
Hotels in Mecca
If your travel budget has already been swallowed up by airfares, you'll be glad to know there's ample choice of hotels and accommodation in this part of Saudi Arabia. The Raffles Makkah Palace is on the more expensive side, but is an ideal choice for those with more money to play with. Likewise, the Swissotel Makkah at the Abraj Al Bait Complex is another must-try hotel choice for those looking to indulge with a stay in the lap of luxury. If money is truly tight, try a stay at the Concorde Mina Hotel on the Al Azizah main road or the Drnef Hotel Makkah, a little out of the way on the Third Ring Road. With so much choice when it comes to hotels, it's easy to arrange the ideal trip to Mecca, whatever you're reason for visiting.
Things to do and Places to visit in Mecca
Mecca is popularly known for its annual pilgrimage of Hajj, which conveys over 10 million Muslims to a spot in order to serve Allah for one purpose and with one mind. Mecca can also be visited for pleasure purpose and to learn about its historical background, the largest Mosque in the world, the Abraj Al Bait Towers; which is one of the tallest buildings in the world, The Zamzam well, The Qishla of Mecca and Hira. These are a few among the points of attraction in the city, where you can also visit to see historical things.
Transportation in Mecca
To get into the city by air and through water ways you will have to come in through Jeddah, where the King Abdul-Aziz International Airport and Jeddah Seaports are located, reason is that the Mecca East Airport is not in function with any airline service. Currently under construction is the intercity highway which will link Mecca and Medina; another holy city which is also a neighbor to Mecca.