I am Jayakumar and I have the privilege of being Senior Concierge of the InterContinental Taif. I am honored to welcome you to our hotel and I look forward to meeting you in person and creating a wonderful experience for you in Taif.
Concierge desk is located in the lobby just after the entrance door on the left hand side.
In the afternoon visit Al-Hada Mountain which is 1700 meters above from the sea level, there's a cable car to take you from top to bottom which is around 9 km both way. There's a funfair at the lower terminus with different rides and amusements. Next, 110 years old Shubra Palace, it's being converted into a museum, but the exterior is worth seeing and it is pleasant to stroll in the grounds and enjoy dinking hot coffee and soft drink.
A visit to the old colourful souks is a visit back in time. Rugs, camel-hair blankets, fabrics and sheepskins surround you. The aroma of unknown herbs, teas and spices greets you. Traders vie for your attention. Food stalls are piled high with pomegranates, quartered watermelons, or boxes of limes and oranges. Then there are the antiques: muskets, daggers, jewellery shops gold or silver. Don't forget to bargain hard, it's expected. After that you will have earned dinner at one of the best restaurants in town.Try Romanah the Lebanese eatery in Shihar Street and abu baker street
ABAYA / GOWN
Women should be completely covered (the whole body except the face, feet and hands). Local women wear the traditional black gown or 'Abaya'.
During prayer times all markets, offices and shops will close. The evenings are the best time for shopping.
Men’s and women’s are not allowed to intermingle at public events..
As a Muslim country alcohol is strictly forbidden.
DID YOU KNOW ?
This is the home of the deep blood red 'Attar' rose, famous since Biblical times. Still valued today for its exquisite perfume .
Fruit from Taif, such as pomegranates, grapes peaches, pear, figs and honey are said to be the best in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Taif is known as the Summer Capital. Although the Saudi Government is based in Riyadh they move to Taif 1700 - 2500 metres above sea level to escape the heat every summer.
Amiable Taif is part of the Arabian Peninsula's ancient and modern history, playing a prominent role before and after Islam. Taif has long been known for its fresh air, fertile soil, fruits and honey - highly appreciated when given as gifts. It contains archeological monuments dating back to more then 2000 years, recording some glimpses of Arab history. Taif has for a long time been a summer resort for nearby cities. From a resort for the inhabitants of Makkah, it has developed into the main resort city in the Arabian peninsula, attracting tens of thousands of visitors from inside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and internationally as well. We hope that all visitors will enjoy their trip to Taif.
The first Airport and Plane.
The first airport in the Kingdom was built in Taif. The first plane landed at Dhakota, near the Shobra Palace in Taif City. This plane was a gift from Mr. Roosevelt, the then American president to King Abdul Aziz.
WHAT TO PACK
Abaya and scarf
Women are expected to be fully covered (except for the face, feet and hands). Local women wear the traditional black gown, called an Abaya .
Don't forget your camera - there is so much to see here: craggy mountains and crystal skies & # 173; fields full of roses, as well as noisy, crowded souks (markets).
Be prepared for the winter, from November - January when the average temperatures drop to between 11C - 23C. Sweaters and jackets are essential! From June - September, summer temperatures soar to around 45°C. Light clothing and sun block are a must.
It is recommended to exchange at least some money - just enough to cover airport incidentals and transportation to the hotel - before you leave home, so you can avoid unpleasant queues at the airport ATMs.
Keep some money to cover airport transportation to the hotel - so you can avoid unpleasant queues at the airport. It is also advisable to carry local currency with you at all times .
A Hotel taxi is available 24 hrs. From Taif Airport the cost is SR 75.00 & from Jeddah International Airport SR 600.00 per taxi.