Scene in Madinah

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The open plaza between two hotels bordering The Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah is busy with activity as vendors set up shop in the middle of the area. The regular shops on the right are still closed for the prayers. Women in Saudi Arabia wear the long black cloak (called abaya) and usually a black scarf to cover their hair, although some women from other countries can wear brighter colors as long as the only parts of them that show are their faces and hands. Men usually wear the long white dress (called thobe) or else they can wear whatever they want. Children wear whatever their mamas dress them in (and most of the kids I’ve seen here are rather trendy and very stylish!) The building in the background is part of The Prophet’s Mosque.

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American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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4 Responses to Scene in Madinah

  1. Hi Evelyn –
    It is true that only Muslims are allowed in Mecca and Madinah. However when I went to Madinah (I haven’t yet been to Mecca), there was no security checking to ensure that only Muslims were allowed in.

  2. evelyn says:

    an interesting photo… just wondering though, is it true that a non-muslim is not allowed to enter the holy cities of mecca and madinah?

  3. Marahm says:

    Me, too. Fantastic photo!

  4. fadil says:

    miss that place..

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