It is our pleasure to welcome you to Dar Al Tawhid InterContinental, Makkah. We will do our very best to ensure your stay is a wonderful experience.
At the hotel's Concierge desk, you will find all below services: Delivery of newspapers, Confirming air tickets and obtaining boarding passes (subject to availability of Airline Offices around the premises), Giving directions anywhere in the Kingdom, Helping in making transportation arrangements, luggage pick up and delivery
Although you are likely to be visiting the Holy City of Makkah to perform Umrah or Hajj, you may also like to add value to your trip by taking the holy Mazarat trip. You'll get to visit Jabel Al Nour, climb up to the Heraa Cave and, at Jabel Thour, see the Thour Cave. The perfect time for a holy Mazarat trip is soon after Fajr Prayer: after a hearty breakfast you'll have the energy for the steep climb. Also, at this time of day you will get to see the mountains change hue, from cornsilk to deep, rich gold. The trip takes around 4hours & just enough time for a refreshing nap before Dhur prayer.
Following Dhur prayers at the Grand Mosque, I recommend you lunch at saddah restaurant for a taste of authentic Saudi food. For me, you can't go wrong with some delicious kabli. Afterwards, jump in a taxi or arrange for a limousine to take you to the Holy Shrines of Mina, Muzdalifah and Arafat, a 15-minute ride away. The trip will take approximately two hours; that will give you enough time to be back and ready to attend Asr prayer at the Holy Mosque.
After you perform Isha Prayer you might like to buy some mementos from the Holy City. If so, most well-known shopping spots are conveniently located near to the hotel. . Makkah Towers, Abraaj Al Bait shopping malls next to the hotel and Khalid Bin Waleed Street shops will suit those with more refined tastes. After shopping, no doubt you'll be hungry. For the freshest seafood I recommend Al Danah restaurant abu ziadn restaurant for those of you who have grown to love our local dishes, like the incomparable foul and motabak.
Saudis welcome guests either through the intricate preparation of coffee, served with dates and sweets, or by the burning of incense (oud).
Private cars as limo
As the Holy City of Makkah is a destination for the whole Muslim world you will find that, due to demand, many locals will offer their private cars as taxis for hire (especially during Hajj and the Month of Ramadan).
In Saudi Arabia, you need to have details of your travel agent (who issued you with your visa) with you at all times.
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Al Kabaa Al Musharafah Wash
The holy house of Allah (Al Kabaa Al Musharafah) is opened and washed from inside twice a year during Shabaan and Muharram months.
Al Kabaa Door Key
The key to Al Kabaa's door is exclusively under the custody of the Al Alshaybah family who have passed it on down the generations since the Prophet Mohamed (prayers and peace be upon him) ordered it to be kept with their tribe.
The Holy Mosque is open 24 hours a day and has numerous entrances: the King Fahed entrance (one of the main entrances of the Mosque) is right in front of the hotel's Haram entrance.
Saudi law prohibits any shop to continue opening during prayer times. They can only resume working when prayers have finished.
Located in the centre of the city, the sacred well of Zamzam is reportedly the oldest flowing well in the world and still pumps out about 18 litres of water per second.
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.
Money waist belt
While you are Muhrim for performing Umrah or Hajj, it is recommended you bring a waist belt in order to hold all your personal belongings (eg money, mobile, keys).
The nearest airport to Makkah is King Abdelazeez International Airport which is located in Jeddah City. Makkah is 120 km away from the airport and can be reached in an hour and 20 minutes. The airport is divided into three sections: Saudi Airlines Airport; International Airport for all foreign airlines; and Houjjaj Airport which is open during Hajj season and sometimes in the month of Ramadan. In all three airports there are limousine companies. We suggest you use the hotel limo company (Fast Rent a Car). For prior reservation and for any other assistance, please contact our Concierge team.