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King Fahd’s Fountain

Also known as the Jeddah Fountain, is the tallest of its type of fountain in the world. Located in the coast of Jeddah, west coast of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia just five minute driving distance from Elaf Jeddah Hotel. The fountain jets water 1,024 feet (312 m) above the Red Sea. It was donated to the city of Jeddah by King Fahd, hence its name. The fountain is visible throughout the entire vicinity of Jeddah. The water it ejects can reach a speed of 375 kilometers’ (233 mi) per hour and its airborne mass can exceed 18 tons. It was constructed between 1980 and 1983 and began operating in 1985. The fountain uses saltwater taken from the Red Sea instead of freshwater. It uses over 500 spotlights to illuminate the fountain at night.

Madinah Attractions

Jannat Al-Baqi  “The Garden of Heaven”

Meaning “The Garden of Heaven” and Baqi’u l-Qarqad, which means “Orchard of the BoxthornTrees.

JANNAT AL-BAQI

(Maqbaratu l-Baqī) is a cemetery in Medina, Saudi Arabia, located to the southeast of the Masjid Al-Nabawi. The mosque is built where the Islamic prophet Muhammad used to live, and is currently buried. The cemetery therefore holds much significance. It contains many of Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) relatives and companions.

Masjid Quba

 Quba is the place on the outskirts of Madinah where the Prophet (P.B.U.H) accompanied by Abu Bakr (r.a.) arrived and first stayed after emigrating from Makkah. They arrived on Monday 12th Rab’i al-Awwal, fourteen years after Prophet hood and this date marks the beginning of the Islamic calendar (Hijra). (16th July 622 CE). A Masjid was established here by the Prophet (P.B.U.H) the first to be built in Islam.

Masjid alQiblatain (Mosque of the two Qiblas)

 This is Masjid al-Qiblatain (Mosque of the Two Qiblas). It is historically important to Muslims, as this is where in Rajjab 2 AH the revelation of the Holy Quran came to change the direction of the Qibla from Bait-al-Maqdis in Jerusalem to the Ka’bah in Makkah.

During his time in Makkah, the Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) used to pray towards Bait-al-Maqdis, with the Ka’bah in front of him. When he migrated to Madinah, he prayed towards Jerusalem for 16 months, but he hoped it would be changed to the Ka’bah.

During Dhuhr prayer or it was said that it was Asr, the Prophet (P.B.U.H) had led his Companions in praying two rak’ahs , when he was commanded to face towards the Ka’bah by the following revelation in the Holy Quran in Surah al-Baqarah:-

“We see the turning of thy face (for guidance) to the heavens: now Shall We turn thee to a Qibla that shall please thee. Turn then Thy face in the direction of the sacred Mosque: Wherever ye are, turn your faces in that direction. The people of the Book know well that that is the truth from their Lord. Nor is God unmindful of what they do”

The Prophet (P.B.U.H) turned around towards the Ka’bah and the Sahabah copied out of obedience. Thus the Ka’bah became the new qibla of the Muslims for all time to come.

Masjid Masjid al-Qiblatain used to uniquely contains two mehrabs, one in the direction of Bait-al-Maqdis and the other towards Makkah.

 Mount Uhud

Just few KM away from the Elaf Al – Nakheel Hotel.

Mount Uhud holds a significant value in Muslim history. Second battle of Islam was fought here, in which Muslims were defeated, and Prophet Muhammad is reported to have lost his tooth in this battle.

Located in north of Medina. It is 1,077 m (3,533 ft) high. It was the site of the second battle between it occurred between a force from the Muslim community of Medina led by the Islamic prophet Muhammad, and a force led by Abu Sufyan ibn Harb from Makkah.

The Battle of Uhud was fought on March 19, 625 Shawwal 3 AH in the Islamic calendarat the valley located in front of Mount Uhud

Madain  Saleh.

  • Madain Saleh (Al-Hijr) dates back to the Nabataeans Civilization considered as one of the very important archaeological site in Saudi Arabia that is called “The Capital of the Monuments” as it contains huge amount of diverse and multifaceted monuments. Saudi Arabia’s hidden treasure where history of extinct Thamud Tribe, Lehyan Tribe and Nabataean Kingdom lived in Al-Ula and Madain Saleh; from Dedan Kingdom to the Old Town and its ancient history.

Al-Ula is located in the northwestern part of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the line of 37, 55, 58 longitude and 26, 29, 36 latitude. It is 290 km. from Madinah to the south of Al Ula – Shajwa road. There is another 370 km. road linking Al-Ula to Madinah i.e. Madinah.

This site invites everyone to come in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and visit those wonderful treasures in the city of Al-Ula and Madain Saleh, a place of love, peace and generosity of inhabitants.

Dates Market

Just few KM away from the Elaf Al – Nakheel Hotel

Madinah is known for being one of the biggest producers of high quality dates; you are likely to find all kinds of shops in the Dates Market selling distinct variety of delicious dates suiting to all kinds of tastes.

Ajwah “Fruit of Heaven”

“Master of Fruits”

The Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) said that “One who takes seven Ajwa dates in the morning, he remains under the protection of Allah from magic and poison for whole of the day”.

As many as seven Ajwah dates comprise 120 calories Those who have made it a habit to take 5 to 7 Ajwah dates without fail everyday are less susceptible to carcinoma and circulatory diseases.

The Ajwah dates are fraught with 70 percent of sugar and 30 percent of fluoric acid acid, sulphur protein, copper, iron fiber and potassium.

King Fahd Central Park

The park is located on the southern side of Madinah, 
on the borders of the Second Ring Road of Quba area. The total area of park is about four square kilometers. It is one of the vital outlets for Madinah residents

Quick Facts

Visas

Non-Muslims are strictly prohibited from entering the city of Holy Makkah

Guests traveling to Makkah are highly advised to visit the Saudi Embassy or licensed Hajj and Ummrah tours operators in their respective country of residence. Visas are required by all visitors except nationals of the GCC countries (Gulf Cooperation Council: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and UAE).

Currency

The city has lots of currency exchange shops who will change local and foreign currency for you. Of all the foreign currency, you’ll find US dollars are the easiest to change. The unit of money the Riyal (SR). It is available in 500, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 Riyal banknotes. Credit cards are accepted in major hotels as well as shopping malls.

Business Hours

Bank Hours

9:30am – 4:00pm, Sunday through Thursday The Exchange House is open from 9.30am to 9:00 pm, Sunday through Thursday day.

Office Hours 9:00am – 6:00pm, Saturday to Thursday (Private Sector) 8.00am to 4.00pm, Sunday through Thursday (Government)

Shopping

Madinah is considered the largest shopping paradise of Saudi Arabia The city of the Prophet has more to offer then it’s beautiful mosques.

Shopping malls is just few minutes away from the Elaf Al –Nakheel Hotel with international brands for all categories of shoppers whether it is gold, apparel, accessories, carpets or electrical goods. Area restaurants serve local and international cuisines and are in abundance around the mosque. AlMadinah is also home to the best dates grown in the Kingdom.

If you prefer roaming the streets in search of unique items, you should explore the centre of Madinah. It is full of little shops, markets and boutiques. Especially the area around the Prophet’s Mosque is a great adventure, with its old picturesque streets and alleys. Besides the latest fashion, you can find here the most popular souvenirs from Madinah, like the exotic non-alcoholic perfumes, prayer mats and magnets/pictures of the mosques. Another big part of the city’s attraction is the street vendors. They sell almost everything, affordable and high quality goods for inexpensive prices.

Weather

Madinah has an arid climate. Usually, a northwest wind blows in the summer and a southwest wind blows during the winter and spring seasons. The north wind blows at an annual average speed of 4-10 km/hr and is considered a quiet wind

Local Weather (Average Temperature)

Month Average high °C Average Low °C
Jan 23.6 11.6
Feb 26.1 13.3
Mar 30.2 17.4
Apr 33.9 20.8
May 38.9 24.9
Jun 41.7 27.9
Jul 39.3 28.4
Aug 42.2 28.7
Sep 41.0 27.1
oct 36.4 21.9
Nov 29.7 17.2
Dec 25.0 12.9

Maddinah Facts

Population
1,300,000

Language
Arabic; English is also widely spoken

Time Zone
AST(UTC+3)

Voltage
110 / 220 volts

Mobile Phones Code
GSM +966

Area Code
+966 14

Transportation

Airport

Prince Mohammad Bin Abdul-Aziz Airport is 8km away from Madinah, and mostly handles and international flights. The airport is accessible to non-Muslims too. Elaf Taibah hotel arrange airport pick and drop services for guest

Please not that there are no private or public buses available from the Prince Mohammed Airport.

SAPTCO

The Saudi Arabian Public Transport Company runs luxurious buses that provide excellent air-conditioning, baggage-space, water bottles and sometimes snacks too. These buses run several times a day from almost all parts of Saudi Arabia at very affordable rates. A SAPTCO bus station is located at Elaf Taibah Hotel.

A 6- hour ride from Makkah to Madinah will cost around SAR 60 to 80 whilst a 5-hour journey from Medina-to-Jeddah and vice versa will cost SAR 50 to 60. The Medina to Jeddah trip can also be undertaken in private

Car Rental

In Madinah, there are numerous car rental options because the city is usually packed to capacity with visitors during the holy months.

Taxi

Taxis are the most common form of in-town transportation and are used in most major cities of Saudi Arabia including Madinah. Taxis can be hailed from anywhere inside the city and can even be hired in advance from taxi drivers standing in front of the hotel. The rates offered have considerable room for negotiation/bargaining so one should keep that in mind.

Madinah also offers an interesting option of unofficial taxis where some of the locals will offer you ride. Discuss the price before getting in. In most cases prices for around the town are about SAR 5. This is a somewhat safer and much cheaper option than a normal taxi. Plus you will get to experience some culture as well by interacting with your local driver.

Events Calendar

Events Date
Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday (12 Rabiulawal ) 24 Jan 2013
Israa & Miaraj Night 26 Rejab) 6 Jun 2013
01st Ramadan 1434 10 July 2013
Eid al-Fitr (1 Shawwal 1434 H.) 08th of August or 09th of August 2013
Hijri New Year 5 Nov 2013
Saudi National day 23 September 2013
Arafat Day (9th Dhul-Hijjah 1434 H.) 14th October 2013
Eid al-Adha 15 Oct 2013 – 17 Oct 2013
Al Kabaa Al Musharafah Wash Twice in Islamic Year Month of Muharram, the Shaaban,

More Information

Location
Elaf Jeddah Hotel ( Red Sea Mall) PO Box 52774, Jeddah 21573 KSA

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Phone +966-(021)-2150525
Fax +966-(021)-2150535
Email info@elafhotel-rsm.com

Check-in / Check-out
Check-in: 2pm
Check-out: 12noon

Payment
American Express, JCB, Diners Club, VISA Mastercard.