15 Stunning Photos About Top Green Places in Saudi Arabia

There was a time when most of the Arabian Peninsula was a verdant green carpet that had several rivers and abundant with wildlife. But due to a climate shift that is believed to have occurred 5000 years ago, much of the Arabian Peninsula along with the Sahara has become a harsh and barren desert, so here areTop green places in saudi arabia


However in Saudi Arabia, there are some pockets that remain so luxuriantly green even so many years after the climate shift that you’d confuse them for some place in Sub-Saharan Africa. From large bodies of water and flowing streams to luxuriant grasslands and fertile savannahs, these photos will show you a completely different side of the Kingdom. For those who haven’t seen the ‘Green Side’ of Saudi Arabia yet, prepare to be flabbergasted.

Jabal Souda

Jabal Souda green places in saudi arabia


Fifa Mountains 

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Khyber

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Photo Credits: www.alshirazi.net


Rijal Alma

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Wadi Lajab

Wadi Lajab

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Al Lith

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Photo Credits: www.silvija.net


Abha

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Bisha

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Photo Credits: Y.E Photography


Asir

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Photo Credits: wikimedia.org


Shifa

Shifa

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Taif

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Al Ahsa

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Photo Credits: AbdulAziz S AlAbdullah


Tabuk

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We Bet You Don’t Know These 14 Facts About Mecca

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Despite being the spiritual heart of Muslims around the world, there are many facts about Mecca that many do not know – until now.


14 Facts about Mecca

1.  Makkah is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world.

The Zamzam well alone is believed to be around 4,000 years old.

2. The city was never the capital of any Islamic empire.

But Muslim rulers did regularly contribute to its upkeep.

Photo Credit: flickr

Photo Credit: flickr

3. Not all of Makkah falls within the Haram boundary.

There are many neighborhoods of the city, like Sharaya, which falls outside the Haram boundary.

4. The city used to be called Bakkah.

Nevertheless, some scholars suggest that Bakkah refers only to the Kaaba and the immediate areas surrounding it.

Photography by Norah Alamri

Photography by Norah Alamri

Read more Explore Makkah & Medina

5. Apart from Bakkah, the Qur’an refers to the city as Umm Al Qura.

Umm Al Qura is Arabic for “Mother of All Settlements.”

6. Another fact about Mecca: Nowadays it is called Makkah Al Mukarramah.

This literally translates to “Makkah The Honored.”

Photography by Rayan almsaodi

Photography by Rayan almsaodi

7. While Madinah is known as the city of the Prophet (peace be upon him), it is Makkah where he spent much of his life.

The Prophet spent around 50 years of his life in Makkah.

8. Makkah’s population is estimated to be between 1.5-2 million.

This swells to close to 4.5 million during the Hajj season.

Photography by Khaled-M-K-Hegazy

Photography by Khaled-M-K-Hegazy

Read more 10 Makkah Royal Clock Tower Facts That You Probably Didn’t Know About

9. Another fact about Mecca: Saudi Arabia receives the highest number of tourists in the Middle East.

This is largely due to the millions of pilgrims that flock the cities of Makkah and Madinah.

10. In popular English usage, “Mecca” refers to any place that draws large numbers of people.

11. The city centers on the Masjid Al Haram area, which is lower than most of the city.

This made it prone to flash floods in the past.

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Photography by Sajjad Al Kadhem

12. The Black Stone hasn’t always been in Makkah.

In 930 AD, it was stolen by the Qarmatians, who took it with them to Eastern Arabia.

13. British newspaper The Telegraph listed Masjid Al Haram as the most expensive building in the world.

Its total cost of construction was at $100 billion.

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14. No. 2 on the same list of the most expensive buildings was Abraj Al Bait, which is also in Makkah.

Abraj Al Bait holds other world records, including the records for having the tallest clock tower and the largest clock face.

Sources:

elegraph.co.uk
data.un.org
who.int
saudiaramcoworld.com
web.archive.org
archive.aramcoworld.com
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10 Makkah Royal Clock Tower Facts That You Probably Didn’t Know About

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By Mohammed Mirza

Standing right next to Islam’s holiest site, the awe-inspiring 76-storey hotel rises like a beacon from the mountainous Holy city. Towering over Makkah, the Royal Clock Tower is full of superlatives and there are many interesting facts about it that you probably didn’t know about, here are 10 of Makkah royal clock tower facts .


Makkah royal clock tower height

Boasting a height of 601 meters (1,972 feet), the clock tower building is the 3rd tallest building in the world.

It is also the world’s fourth tallest freestanding structure.


cost of the entire tower

The cost of the entire project is believed to stand at around a whopping $15 billion.

The project also includes 6 other buildings which house an array of luxury hotels and apartments, perched above a multi-storey slab of shopping malls.


tallest clock tower

The Makkah clock tower is the tallest clock tower in the world.

The time from which can apparently be read over 17 kilometers away.

Makkah royal clock tower facts


Makkah royal clock tower facts| Tower floor area

The soaring tower is also the largest building by floor area on the planet.

Covering a colossal area of 1,500,000 m2 .

Read More Explore Makkah & Madinah


construction time

For a building of gargantuan proportions it was constructed in record time.

In just 6 years from start to finish.


largest clock face in the world

The dial, which is on all 4 sides of this thrusting pastiche, is the largest clock face in the world measuring 43 meters in size.

The minute hand alone measures 23 meters in length.

Makkah royal clock tower facts


clock face of tower

The clock face of this towering giant is 35 times larger than the legendary Big Ben.

The 4 clock faces combined are illuminated by around two million LED lights.

Read more A First-Timers Guide To Makkah


Tower adornation | Makkah royal clock tower facts

The complex is adorned with over 98 million glass mosaic tiles with 24-carat gold leaves.

And the 23m crescent mounted on top of the tower, is made of fiberglass-backed mosaic gold.


The pinnacle of the mega structure

The pinnacle of the mega structure is adorned with 26 searchlights capable of shooting 10km into the skies.

During special occasions the bands of vertical searchlights shoot up, sparkling the Makkan night sky.

Read more We Bet You Don’t Know These 14 Facts About Makkah


Makkah royal clock tower facts | superstructure

10. The skyscraper houses Saudi Arabia’s highest observation deck at 558 meters above ground level.

Along with it the superstructure also houses an Islamic Museum, a Lunar Observation Centre and a large prayer room with a capacity for more than 10,000 people.

Sources: makkahclocktower.com
emirates247.com
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A Guide To Buying Gold In Saudi Arabia

buying gold in Saudi Arabia

Small trinkets or ornate wedding jewelry –a guide to it all.


Many visitors to Saudi Arabia, including those on a religious pilgrimage, inevitably end up buying gold in Saudi Arabia.  After all, there isn’t sales tax or VAT that is charged in Saudi Arabia and on top of that locally designed and manufactured gold is sold at cheaper rates than one would find in many other gold jewelry hubs.

Whether you’re an investment savvy investor who wants to invest in gold ingots or a blithe shopper who wants to buy gold in forms of articles of jewelry , these tips can help you with your search for gold in Saudi Arabia. What’s more is that you don’t have to be in a specific city to purchase gold; almost a major cities in the country have enough of the glitzy metal to pander to your wishes.

Jewelry & Investment

Jewelry? Investment? Or an investment that you can wear around your neck?

Based on the purpose, potential buyers can be divided into these 3 broad categories.

Jewelry

If you want to buy gold solely for jewelry purposes then buying 18 or 21 karat gold jewelry would do just fine.  An 18 karat jewelry item though of lesser value and lesser purity in terms of gold is actually sold at much the same price to that of the 21 karats one. This is mainly due to the complexity of design, as even thin 18 karat gold chains are much sturdier and thereby help in producing complex designs without weighing more. Plus, 18 karat ones seem less glitzy and are favorites amongst the youth, who don’t want the bling and the flashiness that a bright yellow 21 karat brings with it. There is also white gold that is becoming increasingly popular in the country.

Investment

Most gold shops sell gold coins and gold bars that are made of 24 karat gold. Some even come with a 999.9 purity standard. These bullions can weigh from anywhere between 1 gram to 1 kilogram. Investors can just hold on to these coins or bars and wait for the gold prices to increase and then sell it to make a profit or they can always save it for a rainy day as gold is a very liquid and relatively stable investment.  Bullions issued by internationally recognized brands such as Valcambi and PAMP  are available in Saudi Arabia. Some Middle Eastern based jewelry brands like Malabar Gold and Joy Alukkas also sell their own branded bullion coins and bars through their outlets in the country.

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An investment that you can wear around your neck:

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For this purpose, it is recommended to buy 21 or 22 karat gold that has little or no stones in it. Depending on the design the prices vary; Saudi or Bahraini designs are cheaper than Indian or Italian designs. At the time of resale, the design, premium or the number of stones doesn’t matter, all that matters is the final weight and the purity of the gold.

Read more Investment Objectives

Buying Gold In Saudi Arabia, where?

Souks are better than malls in terms of prices. However, in terms of high-end jewelry and precious gemstone based ornaments, it is the malls that offer the best variety. Every major city in Saudi Arabia has its own gold souk, Kandarah in Jeddah, Batha in Riyadh and so on and so forth.

Bargaining on gold?

Yes, yes and yes. You will not find any shop willing to negotiate on the gold rate, what you will find, however, is that they will be willing to negotiate on the making, wastage and premium charges.  If they don’t budge you can always go to another seller who is willing to cut into his margins. After all, competition is cut-throat in the souks.

Know the Gold Rate

It definitely helps in haggling with the shopkeeper and may also help in deciding on when to purchase based on historical values and forecasts in case you are looking into gold as an investment. You can check the day’s rate on websites like Goldrate24.com or Livepriceofgold.com

Buying Gold In Saudi Arabia, when?

Gold prices are volatile. To minimize the variances in rates one should buy gold on Saturday or Sunday, as it is during these days that gold is not being traded on international exchanges.

Say No To Credit Cards

Cash or via a MADA debit card is the way to go. Credit cards charge extra fees that the store will not be ready to bear, so expect your price to magically increase if you are planning to pay by credit card. Someone has to bear the costs that the credit card companies charge and it’s not going to be the gold seller – well not in Saudi Arabia.

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The 8 Coldest Places in Saudi Arabia (In Winter)

The 8 Coldest Places in Saudi Arabia (In Winter)

Yes, there are many cities in Saudi Arabia where the mercury dips below zero.


If you are the type who just can’t tolerate hot weather, then these are the coldest places in Saudi Arabia that you may want to resettle to (only in winter) as most of these experience blistering hot summers.

Turaif | one of the coldest places in Saudi Arabia

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Photo Credit: @rashed_700

The city on the northern border of the country holds the record for recording the coldest temperature ever in Saudi Arabia, that being when the mercury dipped to -12°C. This made it one of the coldest temperatures to be ever recorded in the Arabian Peninsula as well.

Sakaka

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Photo Credit: hiveminer.com

Even though the south is where the tallest mountains in the country are, it is the northern part of the country that sees the lowest temperatures.  Sakaka is no different with temperatures hovering at sub-zero levels. so this city is considered one of the coldest places in Saudi Arabia

Abha

The 8 Coldest Places in Saudi Arabia (In Winter)

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Sitting at an elevation of around a whopping 2,270m, Abha is one of the highest inhabited cities in the country. Nestled in the midst of the Sarawat mountains, the city has some of the most pleasant climates to be found anywhere in the Kingdom. As opposed to popular belief, it is not the coldest place in the country.

Read More Finding Snow in the Desert

Rafha

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Photo Credit: bani-issa-edu.com

Rafha lies close to the Iraq border. In some instances the city even witnessed deep snowfalls. so this city is considered one of the coldest places in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh

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Photo Credit: alriyadh.com

The Kingdom’s capital has seen a decent share of chilly nights over the years. The temperature dips below zero for a night or two during the winter. This winter, however, Riyadh didn’t witness sub-zero temperatures. Global warming maybe?

Tabuk

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Photo Credit: sada-tabuk.com

When news of it snowing in Saudi Arabia comes on the news, this is the place where you should be heading to. As it is near Tabuk, where thin layers of snow carpet the sand. Temperatures here can reach up to -4C. so this city is considered one of the coldest places in Saudi Arabia

Read more 5 Places That Snow in Saudi Arabia

Arar

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Photo Credit: sa.arabiaweather.com

The city is relatively new with its foundations dating back to 1951. Arar sits amidst the heart of a vast rocky limestone plain and has a decent climate, with temperatures not even crossing the psychological zero mark. And like other places in the northern part of the country it occasionally snows as well though mildly.

Hail | one of the coldest places in Saudi Arabia

hailSitting at an elevation of over 950m, Hail enjoys pleasant weather throughout much of the year largely due to its location on high ground.  The historic city is largely agricultural and has witnessed temperatures of a bone-chilling -10C.

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5 Places That Snow in Saudi Arabia

While snowfall is a rare thing in Saudi when news of a snowstorm comes, these are the places that you should head to as it is normally in these places that one can get to see snow in saudi arabia. Some of these places even get multiple inches of snowfall. So if you’ve never seen snow and don’t want to travel outside Saudi to see it then keep this list handy as you might want to consider going here.


Turaif

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The city on the northern border of the country holds the record for recording the coldest temperature ever in Saudi Arabia, that being when the mercury dipped to -12°C. This made it one of the coldest temperatures to be ever recorded in the Arabian Peninsula as well.

Tabuk | Snow in Saudi Arabia

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The most viral videos and photos of snow in saudi arabia originate here. As it is in a place called Jabal Al Lawz that sits near populated Tabuk, where layers of snow carpet the sand.

Read more Riyadh Snow City: Winter Is Here!

Arar | Snow in Saudi Arabia

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Photo Credit: by asd99826

The city of Arar has fertile pasture lands and sits amidst the heart of a vast rocky limestone plain, with temperatures rarely crossing the psychological zero mark. But it still snow in saudi arabia albeit rarely.

Shaqraa

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Photo Credit: via.alarabiya

One thing common to this list of places is that they all are in the north of the country. Shaqraa, however, is closer to the central part of the country and sits 190 kilometers from Riyadh.

Read more Finding Snow in the Desert

Rafha | Snow in Saudi Arabia

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Rafha lies close to the Iraq border and has recorded temperatures as high as 49°C. Despite its hot desert climate, the city has witnessed deep snowfalls.

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The Best Islamic Websites For Learning Authentic Islamic Knowledge

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Gaining Islamic knowledge is an onus upon every Muslim and learning it and teaching it to others is considered one of the best ways to attain success in this life and the next.


The Prophet (peace be upon him) has said, “Seeking knowledge is obligatory on every Muslim.”

In today’s Digital Age learning about Islam has never been easier. Yet, not all what is available on the internet can said to be from credible sources and as a Muslim one has to be careful from where he/she learns their religion from.

So to counter the above scenario we have prepared this list that covers some of the most authentic Islamic websites out there. However, many of the websites in our list specialize in a particular field, so we tried to cover all different aspects of the religion through highlighting different websites; from learning how to read basic Arabic to websites where one can have their doubts or questions answered.

 Islam Question And Answer

islamqa.info

Web: islamqa.info

If you want to know about any Islamic ruling under the sun, then this is the website that you should be heading to. You could ask your question here or chances are that someone has already asked a similar question before, so you could just browse through previous answers as well.

This rulings posted on the website are supervised by renowned Sheikh Muhammad Salih al-Munajjid and the fatwas posted use only authentic sources based on the Quran and sunnah and other reliable contemporary scholarly opinions. Clear references are provided as and when necessary.

Madinah Arabic

madinaharabic.com

Web: madinaharabic.com

The website is extremely useful for those who want to learn the Arabic language in an Islamic framework. It follows the Madinah Book Series by Dr V Abdur Rahim, which is used in the Islamic University of Madinah to teach the Arabic language to non-Arab students.

Read more Top Islamic Bookstores in Jeddah

WhyIslam

877-Why-Islam islamic websites

Web: whyislam.org

It is aimed mainly at non-Muslims who are willing to learn more about Islam. The website has a lot of interfaith material covering Islam, Christianity and Judaism amongst others. It introduces Islam to its readers and tries to dispel erroneous stereotypes and misconceptions about the religion that is rife nowadays.

Islam Way

Islam-Way-

Web: en.islamway.net

From several recitations and translations of the Quran to articles, eBooks and fatwas – this site can cater to most needs of Muslims globally. It is one of the most popular Islamic websites in the world and is available in several languages as well.

Read more A Guide to Being a Muslim Abroad

Muslim Heritage

Muslim-Heritage

Web: muslimheritage.com

Those interested in Islamic history and the contribution of Islam to various sciences will find this islamic website to be one of the most extensive on the topic.

Peace TV

Peace-TV

Web: peacetv.tv

One of the most-watched Islamic TV channels on the globe, this is the official website of Peace TV that allows you to stream the live broadcast for free. You can also get to know more about the speakers and the daily programming schedule here.


The Noble Quran

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Web: quran.com

Dedicated to those who want to read the Quran, it is one os the islamic websites that offer translations of the Holy Book in numerous languages. Just select the surah you want to read and start. Each surah is accompanied by transliterations and an introduction. You can also just click play and select the reciter whose recitation you’d like to hear and listen to the Quran.

Islam Web

Islam-Web

Web: islamweb.net

This voluminous website is a library of Islamic knowledge covering numerous aspects of Islam. Plentiful articles, eBooks, audios of the Quran, fatwas and lots more.

Sunnah.com

Sunnah.com islamic websites

Web: sunnah.com

Housing most major collections of ahadith of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), the website is dedicated to those who want to research, study or understand the various sayings of the final messenger (peace be upon him). The multilingual islamic websites even offer a search facility so one can just type a particular word in the search box and results will appear highlighting the various hadiths that the word has been mentioned.

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Islam House

Islam-House

Web: islamhouse.com

This website is one of the islamic websites claim to be the “largest and most authentic free reference to introduce Islam in the world languages on the internet”. It features texts from a massive 115 languages and has plentiful resources for new Muslims and non-Muslims interested in Islam.

Islamic Online University (IOU)

Islamic-Online-University- islamic websites

Web: islamiconlineuniversity.com

Founded by eminent scholar, Dr. Bilal Philips, the online university offers tuition-free diplomas, undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate programs. Since the courses are offered online, one can learn authentic Islamic knowledge that is provided in these courses without having to leave the precincts of their homes.

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Umrah Dua .. Top Duas & Supplications to be Read During Umrah

Umrah Dua

Plentiful times during tawaf and sa’ee, we have come across pilgrims holding small booklets in their hands, reciting dua after dua designated for each round. It may come as a surprise to many, but there are no specific duas associated with each round. Learn about best Umrah Dua to be read.


Shaik ul Islam Ibn Taymiyah has said:

“It is recommended during tawaf to remember Allah and call upon Him in ways that are prescribed in the sharia. If one recites the Quran there is nothing wrong with that. There is no specific dhikr (supplications) that have been narrated from the Prophet PBUH, that he either enjoined, said or taught to others.

Rather (the pilgrim) may say any dua that is prescribed in the sharia. What many people say, that there is a specific dua to be recited beneath the downspout of the Kabah and so on has no basis.”

There are however other supplications and duas that the Prophet PBUH prayed at various points during umrah, and who better than our Prophet PBUH do we have as an example to learn from. So let’s take a look at them.

Best Umrah Dua to Read

1.  Before entering Ihram

it is recommended that one recites tasbeeh: Subhan Allah, glory be to Allah, tahleel: La ilaha ill Allah, there is no god but Allah, and takbeer: Allahu Akbar, Allah is Most Great.

The companion of the Prophet PBUH Anas RA is reported to have said: The Messenger of Allah PBUH prayed Zuhr with four rakahs when we were with him in Madinah, and he prayed Asr in Dhul Hulayfah with two rakahs, then he stayed there overnight. When morning came, he rode until he reached Al Bayda, then he praised, glorified and magnified Allah. Then he recited talbiyah with the intention of performing hajj and umrah and the people did likewise.

Narrated by Al Bukhari – 1476.

2. Each time one crosses the black stone

One of Umrah Dua says Each time one crosses the black stone he/she should recite Takbeer “Allahu Akbar”.

Ibn Abbas RA has said, “the Prophet PBUH circumambulated the House, and every time he came to the corner (i.e. the black stone), he pointed to it with something he had in his hand and said takbeer.”

Narrated by Al Bukhari – 1613

3. The Prophet PBUH Dua during tawaf.

The Prophet PBUH used to recite the following supplication while between the Yemeni corner and the black stone during tawaf.

Abdullah ibn Al Saaib said “I heard the Messenger of Allah PBUH say between the two Corners:

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Narrated by Abu Dawood – 1892; classed as hasan by Shaykh Albani

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4. When climbing Safa, one should recite the following verse from the Quran

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It is however to be recited only the first time that one climbs the Safa Mountain.

It was narrated that Jabir ibn Abdullah said: … then he PBUH went out through the gate to Al Safa and when he drew near to Al Safa he recited: “Verily, As-Safa and Al-Marwah are of the Symbols of Allaah” [Al Baqarah 2:158 – interpretation of the meaning], (and he said:) “I begin with that with which Allah began.”
Narrated by Muslim – 1218

5. This supplication should be read 3 times each time one is at Safa

The above mentioned hadith continues “… He PBUH began with Al Safa and climbed it until he could see the house, then he turned to face the qiblah and proclaimed the oneness of Allah and magnified Him, and said: “Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah wahdahu laa shareeka lah, lahu’l-mulk wa lahu’l-hamd wa huwa ‘ala kulli shay’in qadeer; Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah wahdahu anjaza wa’dah wa nasara ‘abdah wa hazama al-ahzaaba wahdah (There is no God but Allah alone, with no partner or associate, His is the dominion and to Him be praise, and He is able to do all things; there is no god but Allah alone, He fulfilled His promises and granted victory to His slave and defeated the confederates alone).” Then he made dua between that and repeated this three times.”

Narrated by Muslim – 1218

Read more Explore Makkah and Medina

6. At Marwa Mountain repeat the same as Safa Mountain

However at Marwa, do not recite the verse of the Quran, as that was done only once while at Al Safa. Each time one reaches either mountain during sa’ee then repeat the supplication mentioned above 3 times and make dua in between each.

Jabir RA said:  “Then he PBUH came down towards Al Marwah and when his feet reached the bottom of the valley he ran until the ground started to rise, then he walked until he came to Al Marwah, and he did at Al Marwah as he had done at Al Safa.”

marwaNarrated by Muslim – 1218.

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10 Restaurants From Around The Gulf We Need In Saudi Like Right Now

Among the many things that the Gulf Countries share is their love for food. And all have a good chunk of local restaurant chains that offer lip-smacking food that you’d want to fill your tummy and Instagram feed with.


Unfortunately, many of these homegrown chains hardly operate outside their countries, so we in Saudi Arabia are missing out on amazing offerings that these restaurants from our neighboring countries offer. So here are some of them that we definitely want to see right here.

BAHRAIN

Naseef Café

They have been around for 100 years now and were renowned for their mango ice cream. However, of late, the café is becoming a quintessential breakfast joint. We have a shortage of good breakfast joints, so one like Naseef Café will be warmly welcomed here.

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Photo Credit: sliceofmylyfe.com

Saffron By Jena Bakery

Offering an interesting mix of culinary and cultural experience, Saffron by Jena Bakery has won multiple awards and was rated three out of three on Time Out’s awards for Best Bahraini Restaurant. It is located in tourist hotspots, so with Saudi Arabia now opening its doors to tourists, there are plenty of places where they can set up shop.

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Photo Credit: philweymouth.wordpress.com

OMAN

Hosni Omani Sweets

The recipes of the sweets offered here have been passed down from generation to generation. So if you are bored with chocolates and cakes and are craving for something sweet, then this is the place you’d want to head to. Hosni Omani offers traditional Omani sweets along with fusions of traditional and western delicacies, catering to a wide range of tastes.

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Photo Credit: m.yebab.com

Bin Ateeq

Traditional food around the Gulf is similar in many ways, though they do have slight variations. For those who haven’t been introduced to Khaleeji food yet, Bin Ateeq is the perfect place to delve into the regional specialties.

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Photo Credit: cntraveler.com

KUWAIT

Slider Station 

Photos of their burgers on any Instagram feed can immediately induce hunger pangs – that’s how beautiful their burgers look. Slider Station already has branches in Oman, the UAE and Kuwait, so why not Saudi as well?

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Photo Credit: mybigfathalalblog.com

Mais Alghanim 

If you’ve been to Kuwait and haven’t tried this, you’re seriously missing out on amazing Levantine food. It has been in business for over 60 years now, so it’s safe to say it has stood the test of time.mais-alghanim

Naif Chicken 

One of the first homegrown quick service restaurants in Gulf, Naif Chicken is to Kuwait almost like what Al Baik is to Saudi.naif-chicken

THE UAE

Tonic Juice Bar 

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Photo Credit: bloominspiringwellness.com

Their menu carries names of juices that will leave you wondering whether they really are juices and not fitness supplements. Nevertheless, they taste incredible and one can gulp them down without feeling guilty. Just seeing the riot of color at the place your body will be yearning for juice.

Coffee Planet 

Coffee originated in Arabia, so it is by means of a homegrown Arabian brand that one can get to taste authentic Coffee Arabica. And, it is about time that we have competition in our Saudi coffee market that is filled with western brands.

India Palace 

Calling all foodies; indulge in time-tested Indian favorites here while you experience Indian royalty. The palatial décor and Indian paintings around the restaurant will make you feel like you are truly in an Indian palace.

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Photo Credit: myguide-dubai.com

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Apparently This Is The Best Golf Course In The Kingdom.

Sitting 45 kilometers from Riyadh in the Tawfiq Valley, the Dirab Country & Golf Course is widely considered to be the best in the country. We tell you why.


1. Just look at the landscape.
Luxurious grass and bountiful palm trees – can it get any better than this?

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Photo Credit: golf.turkishairlines.com

2. It’s actually built in the desert.
Giving it more of an oasis feel.

3. It received the accolade for being Saudi Arabia’s Best Golf Course.
At the World Golf Awards in 2016.

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Photo Credit: golf.turkishairlines.com

4. Dirab is one of only three grassed championship courses in the country.
And is the first 18-holes championship grass golf course (par 72).

5. Some portions of it are floodlit.
Golfing at night, anyone?

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Photo Credit: golf.turkishairlines.com

6. Apart from seasoned golfers, Dirab offers lots for beginners as well.
Practice facilities such as driving ranges, putting greens, and a golf academy are available at Dirab.

7. It even has a polo club inside.
The equestrian sanctuary has developed quite a reputation among high-living Riyadhis.

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Photo Credit: wsbksa.com

8. And it is available all year round.
What more do you want?

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