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The Hejaz (or Hijaz) covers the central Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia. Home to both commercial hub Jeddah and the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina, this is where the famous railway from Damascus led in its brief heyday, and while politically somewhat eclipsed by Riyadh, Jeddah in particular remains the most cosmopolitan city in the country.


Map of Hejaz

  • 1 Al Hada Al Hada on Wikipedia
  • 2 Badr — where Muhammad filled the wells along the route for the Muslims to defeat the powerful Quraish army
  • 3 Jeddah
  • 4 King Abdullah Economic City — new city under construction, as of now mainly golf courses and luxury hotels
  • 5 Mecca
  • 6 Medina
  • 7 Taif
  • 8 Yanbu Yanbu on Wikipedia

Other destinations[edit]

The Kaaba in Mecca
  • 1 Khaybar Khaybar on Wikipedia — Ruins of an former Jewish oasis town that was the site of a major battle in 628 CE.
  • 2 Plain of Arafat



Arabic is the official language of the region. However, due to pilgrims coming from all over the world most if not all major world languages are spoken, especially Urdu, Hindi, Bengali and English.

Get in[edit]

  • King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED IATA) in Jeddah is the primary gateway to the region as well as the rest of Saudi Arabia.
  • Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Airport (MED IATA)
  • Ta’if Regional Airport (TIF IATA)

Get around[edit]

High speed train

A new high-speed rail line, the Haramain line, has been built on a Mecca-Jeddah-Medina route. There is also stations at Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport and the planned King Abdullah Economic City.





Stay safe[edit]

Conservative clothing is not optional when traveling through here, especially for women. Women are strongly advised to wear a hijab, or head covering, and need to wear long pants and conservative upper-wear. Men are advised to be equally cautious in appearance.

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