As the burial place of Prophet Muhammad, Madinah attracts thousands of pilgrims, especially during Hajj and Ramadan. To see the sun set on the magnificent Green Dome above his tomb is a profoundly personal experience for every follower of Islam.
Beyond Masjid al-Nabawi, Madinah is home to other sacred Islamic sites. You can visit Masjid al-Quba – where Muhammad himself laid the foundation stones – and Masjid al-Qiblatain, where he first changed the direction of prayer towards Makkah.
Madinah's traditional markets and souks make for a lively shopping experience. Browse the atmospheric Old Bazaar for prayer mats and dates – a local delicacy. For modern stores and brands, enjoy an afternoon in the stylish, air-conditioned Al Rashid Mall.
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A small family restaurant called Al Baik is famous across Saudi Arabia for its special fried chicken, made with local herbs and spices. Get there early to avoid a long wait – luckily, at the Crowne Plaza Madinah hotel you are only three minutes walk away.
Modern Madinah is a welcoming, tolerant and cosmopolitan city, but the Masjid Nabawi and surrounding area is sacred to Islam and therefore open only to Muslims. Because of its proximity to the Holy Haram, the same conditions apply to the hotel.