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دليل السفر الى المملكة العربية السعودية مكة المكرمة

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مكة المكرمة هي مركز الحج للامة الإسلامية تقع في المملكة العربية السعودية. تبعا للأساطير  انها من عهد النبي إسماعيل علية السلام , لعبا دورا رئيسيا في مكة المكرمة. كونها أقدس مدينة في الإسلام، فهي موطن لمسجد الحرام. نشر الرسول الكريم (ص) رسالة الإسلام في مكة المكرمة قبل نحو 1400 عام. اليوم وقد بلغ الدين إلى كل ركن من أركان العالم. كانت مكة المكرمة  مركزا تجاريا ومركزا سياسيا مؤثرا، التي لعبت دورا حاسما في وقت مبكر من تاريخ الإسلام. حتى عام 1924 كان يحكمها العثمانيون. الآن هو تحت السيطرة الحكم السعودي ادامة الله برخاء و المنة ، شهدت مكة المكرمة الى توسعات ضخمة في الحجم والبنية التحتية

في الوقت الحاضر،  مكة المكرة تعتبر هي عاصمة للامة الاسلامية . المسلمون يصلون في اتجاه الكعبة المشرفة. وهو بناء حجري القديمة الذي بناها النبي إبراهيم في أوائل عام 2000 قبل الميلاد. والطواف هو أحد الطقوس حيث يطلب من المسلمين إلى دوران  حول الكعبة عكس اتجاه عقارب الساعة

المسلمين يعتبرون المسجد الحرام (الجامع الكبير)، وأقدس موقع في مكة المكرمة والإسلام. وهو أكبر مسجد في العالم، والرقعة الشاسعة من أنه يمكن أن تستوعب بسهولة ما يقرب من 2 مليون حاج في وقت واحد. وكان المسجد في عملية التوسع المستمر وانها لا تزال تمر أعمال التجديد الرئيسية. المسجد هو قبلة الأنظار للمسلمين لأداء مناسك الحج والعمرة

وكان البئر زمزم نعمة من الله لهاجر، والدة النبي إسماعيل. تم تزويدهم ماء زمزم وسط ظروف مناخية حارة وقاسية للغاية في مكة المكرمة. ومن المعروف أن ماء يروي العطش، وفي الوقت نفسه تلبية و رحمة من الله. و ان ماء زمزم المبارك مفيد أيضا في علاج الأمراض وغيرها من الأمراض. يتم تقديم الماء المقدس زمزم للحجاج باستخدام أحدث مبردات الفنية و تركيبها في أماكن مختلفة في المسجد الحرام، وكذلك في المسجد النبوي في المدينة المنورة. حجاج بيت الله الحرام لا يفوتون أي فرصة للشرب من هذا الماء المقدس

مطلوب تأشيرة صالحة لدخول المملكة العربية السعودية لأداء مناسك الحج او العمرة في  مكة المكرمة. مواطني المملكة العربية السعودية أو مواطنين من دول مجلس التعاون الخليجي (عمان، البحرين، قطر والكويت والإمارات العربية المتحدة)  يسمح لهم من دون تأشيرة. يتم ترتيب تأشيرات خاصة للحجاج تحت سيطرة السلطة المختصة لخدمة الحجاج و المعتمرين في المملكة العربية السعودية  . تتخذ الحكومة تدابير أولية لضمان المتاعب حرية السفر والإقامة. كل عام الملايين من الحجاج يسافرون إلى المدينة المقدسة مكة المكرمة. يمكنهم تطبيق الحج و العمرة. ويفضل التعامل مع الوكلاء  السفر المحلية من قبل الحجاج لرعاية و تسهيل الامور الخاصة في التأشيرات و المعاملات الرسمية وفقا للشريعة الإسلامية، لا بد من سفر المرأة مع محرم (ولي الأمر). في حالة عدم وجود محرم، مطلوب منها أن السفر مع مجموعة يتم توفير الرعاية والأمن قصوى لحجاج بيت الله الحرام

مكة المكرمة  لديها نظام وسائل النقل الحديثة جدا والربط الطريق إلى المدن الرئيسية الأخرى. وسائل النقل داخل حدود مكة المكرمة غير مكلفة. يمكن للمسافرين السفر بسهولة إلى كل ركن من أركان المملكة مع جولة توافر سيارات الأجرة والحافلات و الحافلات المدينة لديها الآن عالمية مترو نظام النقل. بني في عام 2010، والغرض الرئيسي منه هو لحمل الحجاج من المقدسات و المشاعر . طول مترو تقدر ب 18 كم أصبح بالفعل بشعبية كبيرة مع الحجاج

الطعام لذيذ وصحي متاح في جميع الفنادق والمطاعم. الحجاج من جميع أنحاء العالم يزورون  مكة المكرمة، يمكنك الحصول على طعم متعددة الأطباق الغذائية

مكة المكرمة هي العاصمة الدينية للإسلامية، وبالتالي كل مسلم يرغب في زيارة هذا المكان المقدس مرة واحدة في حياته

Growth in Hospitality sector in Saudi Arabia

Hospitality in SaudiThe hospitality sector of Saudi Arabia is growing at an immensely fast speed. Saudi Arabia’s hospitality industry is considered as one of the most profitable industries, contributing huge amount of foreign exchange to the country’s economy. Hotels are an integral part of any tourism industry as they play an important role to the hospitality sector by offering quality services and facilities to its visitors.

Hospitality sector in Saudi Arabia depends mostly on two sectors. The first is the revenue generated from business sector mostly due to the fact that Saudi Arabia is among the richest Oil producing nations. The second segment is the religious tourism as Saudi Arabia is home to two of the holiest places of Islam.

Riyadh, being the capital city of the Kingdom attracts more business tourists as most of the corporate houses are based out of Riyadh. It is believed to have the largest number of business visitors and the hospitality market is considered to be the strongest in the kingdom. Riyadh is home to all segment hotels with exceptional high quality services. A lot of midscale hotels which are concentrated on the outskirts of the region are well equipped and offer quality services. High end hotels are mostly concentrated in the city center and offer world class facilities to all its visitors. The occupancy level remains usually high throughout the year and has scope to accommodate more hotels in the future as there are forecasts that Saudi Arabia will continue to see enormous economic growth in the coming years.

Jeddah is another city which has a huge occupancy rate because of its strategic position. It outperforms all other major cities on the back drop of a strong domestic leisure it offers. Jeddah also being the second largest business city in Saudi Arabia also has a lot of business tourists. Jeddah is also the gateway to the Holy city of Makkah. The major expansion plan of Makkah will result in a huge demand in this city. Jeddah boasts of some high quality hotels; however the lack of high quality service apartments in the region is an opportunity for big players in the market to make a foothold in this region.

One of the major remarkable features of the Saudi Hospitality sector is that it has attracted the best hotel brands from all across the globe due to its huge potential.

The Riyadh hospitality market is the strongest in the Kingdom with the corporate thronging the city and boasting the tourism. High average room rates for all sectors in Riyadh have lead to occupancy thresholds which are supportable by the market.

Due to the high number of quality hotels in the pipeline, rich class hotels should be considered only for prime and exclusive locations within the city centre. Semi luxury and budget hotels may be considered for strategic sites or as dual brand combinations. A lot of foreign brands have already established their presence in the market and a lot of these brands are already in the final stage of opening up more branches to accommodate the ever increasing demand for hotel rooms in the region. Other brands who have not yet explored the region are making serious plans of setting up their bases in the region as well.

Due to this enormous growth in the hospitality sector, Saudi Arabia continues to offer huge job opportunities in the region. The hospitality sector is one of the largest employers in the country as it offers employment opportunity to both professional and unskilled job seekers. By 2016, the number of hotels will go up in the Kingdom and will result in more opportunities. This will also contribute to Saudization as the hotels will aim to recruit 40% of their employees from the Saudi population.

With this ever growing tourism business and the enormous expansion of the hospitality industry, the market is expected to continue to offer Investment opportunities & Job Opportunities in the coming years.

How to find the best Hotels in Riyadh

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Riyadh is home to some of the best hotels in the world. It is the capital city of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. People from different parts of the globe travel here in search of livelihood. It is home to nearly 5 million people. It is also a cultural and business hub. Hence, frequently visited by business travelers as well as the tourist. The major factors that are considered by a traveler in selecting a hotel range from price, vicinity, amenities, the quality of service etc. With the help of internet, it has now become easier to find the best hotels in Riyadh. The city caters to the needs of every tourist keeping in mind the budget. Luxurious, Semi Luxurious and budget oriented hotels are available across the city.

People tend to look for the hotels which offer the finest services. Many hotels offer good deals to their customers in terms of price and services.  It is not necessary that you stay in a less expensive hotel in order to lower the burden on your pocket. There are many well equipped hotels which provide discounted rates to the customers.  The tourist can easily find out the best hotel as per his requirement using the technology.  Local travel agents are also available to guide the tourist.

The hotels in Riyadh are an ideal option for those who are looking to spend memorable times with their relatives and friends. Visitors are provided with genuine and trustworthy service and are pampered to feel like home away from home.  Since people from different parts of the world have settled here for a living, the visitors get an aura of multicultural environment.

In Riyadh, there are many affordable hotels that provide comfort and luxury.  They are also efficiently located in the vicinity of city’s most popular attractions and also provide great value for money. Each of the budget hotels and the luxury hotels caters to the tourists from different walks of life with its charm, friendly hospitality and immaculate services.

A travel guide to Makkah Al Mukarramah City, Saudi Arabia

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Makkah is an incredibly famous Pilgrimage centre located in Saudi Arabia. Legend has it that the descendants of Prophet Ismail played a major role in building the city of Makkah. Being the holiest city in Islam, it is home to Masjid Al-Haram. The Holy Prophet (saw) spread the message of Islam in Makkah about 1400 years ago. Today the religion has reached to every corner of the world. The city was a trading hub and an influential political center, which played a crucial role in the early history of Islam. Until 1924, it was ruled by the Ottomans. Now it is under the control of the House of Saud’s. Under their governance, Makkah has witnessed and undergone huge expansions in size and infrastructure.

At present, it is the Capital city of Saudi Arabia’s Makkah Province. The Muslims pray in the direction of Kaaba. It is an ancient stone structure built by the Prophet Abraham in the early 2000 BC. The tawaf is a ritual wherein the Muslims are required to circle around the Kaaba in anticlockwise direction.

The Muslims regard Masjid al-Haram (Grand Mosque) as the holiest site in Makkah and Islam. It is the largest mosque in the world, the vast expanse of it can easily accommodate nearly 2 million pilgrims at a time. The mosque was in the process of continuous expansion and it is still going through major renovation work. The mosque is the cynosure for Muslims to perform Hajj and Umrah.

The Zamzam well was a divinely blessing to Hagar, mother of Prophet Ismail. They were provided with the water of Zamzam amidst hot and extremely harsh conditions of Makkah. It is known to quench thirst and at the same time satisfy hungriness. It is also helpful in curing illnesses and other diseases. The Holy water of Zamzam is served to the pilgrims using state of the art coolers installed in various places at the Masjid al-Haram and also at the Al-Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina. The pilgrims never miss any chance to drink of this Holy water.

A valid visa is required to enter Makkah al-Mukarramah. The nationals of Saudi Arabia or the citizens from GCC countries (Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and United Arab Emirates) are an exemption. Special visas are arranged and issued to the pilgrims under the authority of Diplomatic Missions of Saudi Arabia. The government takes preliminary measures to ensure hassle free travel and accommodation.  Every year millions of pilgrims travel to the Holy city of Makkah. They can either apply for Hajj or Umrah visas. Local travel agencies are preferred by the pilgrims to take care of documentations. As per the Islamic law, a woman is required to travel with a Mahram (male guardian). In the absence of a Mahram, she is required to travel with a group. Utmost care and security is provided to the pilgrims.

The city has ultra modern transportation system and the road connectivity to other major cities is of world class standards. The means of transportation within the city limits is inexpensive. The commuters can easily travel to every corner of the city with round the clock availability of taxis, buses and micros buses.  The city now has the world class Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah Metro transportation system. Built in the year 2010, its main purpose is to carry the pilgrims to religious sites. The length of the Metro is 18 km. It has already become very popular with the pilgrims.

Delicious and hygienic food is available in all the hotels and restaurants. Since pilgrims from all parts of the globe visit Makkah, you can get a taste of multi cuisine food.

Makkah is the religious capital of Islam and hence every Muslim desires to visit this Holy place once in his lifetime.