6 Saudi Souvenirs
Keychains, fridge magnets and postcards may well be a thing of the past. Sometimes they get left
behind, unused or even forgotten. So if you're in Saudi for vacation or just want to bring back
home some good Arabian goods from the city, why not try these ones?
1. Camel Milk
Camel milk products are a specialty in Arabia. You have not truly experience
the Middle East if you haven't tried the creamy goodness that is Camel Milk
chocolate, available in an assortment of flavours like whole milk, cocoa, dates
and Arabian spices that taste oh so exotic.
Daggers with a curved edged named Khanjars, tjat were carried by leaders in
history, are an integral part of Arabian bedouin heritage. Skilfully crafted in
real silver or gold, these beautiful instruments are sometimes embellished
with pearls or gold plated designs - a truly extraordinary souvenir
representing Saudi culture.
We're not sure if it's possible to bring these along your luggage, haha but
they're definitely worthy to see and feel for yourself before leaving the city.
3. Oud Perfume and Oil
The famous stories of the Arabian nights forever invoke a sense of
mystery surrounding Arabian culture. And what better way to accentuate this
culture than with the foreign but amazing scent of oud.
They usually come in different notes, ingredients and bottles- with some good
ones from the local souk or high-end options for our bad and bougies.
4. Arabic Calligraphy
Arabic calligraphy is a form of art unlike any other. Purchase a delicate gold or
silver necklace with your name as a pendant, and written in Arabic calligraphy
that is as striking as it is alluring. A perfect gift for a loved one or friend.
Souq KSA has offers on these type of necklaces. How adorbs
5. The Abaya
An abaya is a long, usually black, gown worn over your clothes, traditionally to
cover a woman's form from the public, according to Arabian culture . The
gowns are designed in exquisite shape and detail, tailored to your specific taste
and style. Women, this is a souvenir that you can never go wrong with -
wearable for a gala or even a lazy day out to the mall.
If it's a little too traditional for you, there's these abaya-like kimonos, perfect
to wear on any occasion with whatever ensemble.
(They deliver to KSA too)
Saudi is the land of dates- you don't just get to pick one, there's a variety of
flavors, believe it or not. Best paired with gahwa or any type of tea, this would
make for such a cultural present to someone. Cus you get to give that person
an experience of what you tasted in the Kingdom.
Makkah and Madinah have plenty of places for you to see on your Umrah and Hajj visit to the country. These places hold spiritual values and are big attraction spots for the pilgrims. When you book your transport for Hajj and Umrah with us, you can also sign up for the sightseeing.
JABAL E SOOR
This mountain is home to the famous cave Ghaar-e-Suur that once protected Prophet Muhammad S.A.W and Hazrat Abu Bakar R.A. while escaping Quraysh for three days and nights. This mountain is located in the lower part of Makkah, and holds an important position in the Islamic oral traditions. Please note you might not be able to come out from the car.
GROUND OF ARAFAT
The ground of Arafat is an important part of the Hajj and no hajj is complete without it. Located 20 kilometers outside the city of Makkah, the ground of Arafat hosts millions of Haajis every year. Please note you might not be able to come out from the car.
Jabl-e-Rehma is the small hill surrounded by the ground of Arafaat. It is the hill from which Prophet Muhammad S.A.W delivered his famous last sermon. It is also said to be the place where Hazrat Aadam A.S. and Bibi Hawwa A.S. reunited on Earth. Guide will drop you here for a while so you can pray at Jabl -e-Rehma.
The mosque is intriguing because only two prayers throughout the year are offered here during the Hajj i.e. Zuhr and Asr on the 9th of Zil-Hajj. The mosque is otherwise inaccessible during the period of Hajj, however, on other days, it,s outer courtyard is accessible for Nawaafil prayers. Please note you might not be able to come out from the car.
Muzdalifah ground is another essential part of the Hajj practice that,s been going on ever since the time of Prophet Muhammad S.A.W. Pilgrims spend an entire night in the open air in the ground of Muzadlifah. Please note you migh not be able to come out from the car.
MINA & JAMARAT
To be able to complete one,s Hajj, Jamraah, the practice of stoning the three Shaitaans has to be complete in Mina. The three pillars in Mina symbolize the Shaitaan, and Jamaraat is the bridge that allows access to the pillars to thousands of Hajis. Please note you might not be able to come out from the car.
JABL E NOOR
At the climb of about two hours, the Jabl-e-Noor mountain holds the famous cave called Ghaar-e-Hira. This is the cave where Prophet Muhammad S.A.W. got his first revelations from Hazrat Jibraeel. The cave is about an arm,s length, and holds importance in Islam for being the place of beginning of Islam. Please mote you might not be able to come out from the car.
Masjid-e-Jin is also known as Mosque Haras. Located in Makkah, the mosque is famous because Prophet Muhammad S.A.W. recited Quran here to the troops of Jinn. Then he continued to talk and pray for them until the time of Fajr. All this while, he was accompanied by Hazrat Abdullah bin Masood R.A. Please note you might not be able to come out from the car.
JANAT UL MUALLA
The cemetery to the north of Masjid-al-Haram contains graves of closest relatives of Prophet Muhammad S.A.W. including his wife Hazrat Khadija R.A., his grandfather and his other ancestors. The cemetery has held a historical position and is a place to pay respects to the ones closest to the Prophet. Please note you might not be able to come out from the car.
Medina, the city in western Saudi Arabia and known as the Prophet,s city, has plenty of places for its visitors to visit and admire. Noori travels has compiled a list of must see and breathtaking attractions for the pilgrims to go and explore on their own. It is essential to know that when you book your transport for Hajj and Umrah with us, you can also sign up for sightseeing with Noori travels.
This city has Masjid-al-Nabawi, located in the Hejazi region of Madinah and the third mosque built in the history of Islam, which is the burial ground for the Holy Prophet (PBUH). It is said to be the biggest mosque in the world and thousands of people from various regions in the world come to visit this beautiful mosque every year.
Jannat-ul-Baqi, translated as the Garden of Heaven, is located at the southeast of the Masjid-al-Nabawi. It is the main cemetery of Madinah and it holds a very significant value for Muslims because many of the Sahabahs (around ten thousand) and relatives of Prophet PBUH are buried here. Since there are specific visiting hours for the cemetery, it is possible that pilgrims might not be able to see Jannat-ul-Baqi.
Quba mosque also holds a very significant place in the hearts of Muslims because of its unique religious history. This is the place where the Holy Prophet (PBUH) spent fourteen days praying while waiting for Hazrat Ali (a.s) to arrive in Madinah. The Prophet (PBUH) also used to go there every Saturday to offer two rakat nafil and guided the Ummah to do the same as it gives sawab of performing an Umrah. Besides this, a legend has it that the masjid that its first stones were positioned by Muhammad as soon as he arrived on his emigration from the city of Mecca to Medina, and the mosque was completed by his companions.
Located on the north-west of Madinah, this is the mosque where, according to the historic Islamic traditions, the direction of the Qibla was changed by the Prophet (PBUH) while he was leading the Zuhr prayers. The Qiblatayn mosque is amongst the earliest mosques along with Masjid-al-Nabawi and Quba mosque.
The Seven Mosques
Also known as the Saba mosque is a beautiful built around the area which serves as one of the historical and archeological sites in Madinah. Founded on the western edge of Sela mountain, this mosque marks the victory of Muslims against the Quresh in Battle of Khandaq where the Muslims dug trench to defend Madina. People continue to visit this historic site from all over the world.
It is a mountain, also known as the mountain of Paradise, resides at the north of Madinah. Battle of Uhud was fought right beside it in the ground of Uhud. This is also the place where Prophet Muhammad,s (PBUH) beloved uncle, Amir Hamza is also buried who embraced martyrdom in the battle of Uhud. This was the battle where the Prophet (PBUH) also lost his teeth. About this mountain the messenger of Allah said, Uhud is a mountain that loves us and we love it.