Every year, an estimated 15 million Muslims make the pilgrimage to Makkah, the holiest city in the religion of Islam. At its heart lies the sacred site known as Kaaba, to which all Muslim prayers are directed. Despite its huge annual visitor numbers, the ancient city retains an air of mystique due to age old laws which prohibit non-Muslims from entering.
Muslims wishing to travel to the holy city must obtain a special pilgrimage visa from the Saudi government, but once inside they can take in spectacular landmarks such as the Sacred Mosque which surrounds the holy Kaaba. Both are set against a backdrop of the majestic Abraj Al-Bait Towers, a 76 floor structure which ranks amongst the world’s tallest buildings and features a state-of-the-art shopping mall.
Elsewhere, Jabal al-Nour – ‘The Mountain of Light’ – remains a hugely popular destination. Located just outside the city, the region is home to the Hira cave, where the Prophet Muhammad received his first revelation from Allah.
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