Thursday and Friday are the weekend days and 23 September is the national day of Saudi Arabia. The biggest event in Madinah is the month of Ramadan when all Muslims fast. Hajj when Muslims arrive for pligrimage from 08 to 12 Zil Hajj and also visit Prophet Muhammad PBUH's grave and Masjid. Banks, schools and all Government offices are closed during Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha.
Men should not wear shorts around the Holy Mosque or in public places, such as shopping areas. Ladies must cover their head and whole body when they are in any public area or around the Holy Mosque. Ladies are also not allowed to travel around the city without being accompanied by a male family member.
Smoking near the Prophet (PBUH) Mosque and in city is strictly forbidden.
Cigarattes selling & smoking is not allow in Madinah city.
Madinah is sacred place, Non-Muslim require permission to enter in the city from the Government.
DID YOU KNOW ?
During the month of Ramadan and Hajj season, usually cars are not allowed to enter the central area around Prophet (PBUH) Mosque.
The Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) advises that Muslims eat Ajwa dates and honey to protect them from diseases and for general health.
Al Madinah Al Monawara had the first government in the history of Islam.
People of Madinah
The people of this city are known across the Arab world for their kindness, hospitality and generosity.
All shops are closed during prayer time, which happens five times a day. Prayer time lasts around 15 minutes after which the shops reopen.
WHAT TO PACK
Bring your sunglasses with you to protect your eyes from the harsh sun. Light but modest clothes are recommended for the day.
Remember that the climate is exceedingly hot during the summer, from May to September. Temperatures can reach between 35ºC and 45ºC. However, during the winter - particularly in the early morning and then after 10 pm in the evening - temperatures plummet to between 15ºC and 5ºC.
We advise you to exchange at least 500 Saudi Riyal before you arrive in the city in order to cover transportation and any other expenses. Not all small shops will accept credit cards.
Remember that the climate is hot and dry, especially during summer. Temperatures reach up to 45ºC, although during the winter they go down to as low as 5ºC.