Koran Gateway to Makkah

This large structure extends over eight lanes of traffic plus a wide center highway divider. It is in the shape of an enormous bookstand holding an open book which is the Koran. The large sides of the bookstand are filled with colored glass windows in blue and green. This impressive sculpture is located right before one enters Makkah from the west on the road from Jeddah. Only Muslims are supposed to enter Islam’s holy cities of Makkah and Madinah.

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American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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20 Responses to Koran Gateway to Makkah

  1. HAIDER HASSAN says:


    • nisaa muhammad says:

      i was reflecting on when i made Hajj 2003.i was so impressed and in awe as we approached Koran Gateway.,,,The Qu’ran was opened as to say the arms of Allah is opened to His guest ,I shall never forget

  2. always in the kitchen says:

    Oh Susie, that’s wonderful,one more thing for my list…..

  3. Jerry M says:

    “There are plans now to employ 900,000 in the new T&T industry here”

    One wonders if these are just numbers for publication or if they are based on any practical studies. I can imagine many kinds of tourism, in particular tourism based on archaeology and geography but the archaeology part is problematic given the Saudi practice of bulldozing historical buildings as they build their modern cities. Even Islamic religious tourism could be problematic if one wanted to visit the historical burial places of ancient figures. The Sunni hatred of shrines would stop that.

    The love of consensus will end up stopping everything since there is always a valid objection.

  4. david says:

    Such a repressive society and you’re correct, islam is all there is. I read something about the government pumping money into the travel and tourism industry and I had to laugh. Beside mosques and malls what else is there, NOTHING.

    I don’t see many tourist dollars coming their way. Who are they marketing to? Women? And what are they going to do? They aren’t even allowed (isn’t that absurd) to dress as they like. Christians and Jews can’t even enter the kingdom, so who is going to visit and what are they going to do once they arrive?

    • I was just talking to someone about this subject the other day! There is very little to do in the form of entertainment here. The only “travel and tourism” that has ever been offered here in the past has been strictly for religious pilgrims, and there are literally millions that flock here every year. There are plans now to employ 900,000 in the new T&T industry here – it’s mind boggling! Christians are allowed into the Kingdom – they are just not supposed to be allowed into Makkah or Madinah.

  5. Glennis says:

    Very impressive structure. Wonder if it will come crashing down if an unbeliever dares drive under it!

  6. m_m says:

    Wow! It is so great and unique! Thanks for sharing!

  7. This makes a very impressive entrance to the city.

  8. Geogypsy says:

    Yet another interesting sculpture. I thought it was a bridge and couldn’t figure out how it would be used.

  9. Yoli says:

    Susie that is amazing! I am so fascinated with every photo you post. To me it is just all so beautiful.

  10. Jacob says:

    I would guess that in short order people become so accustomed to these massive monuments they don’t even see them.

    It is also of interest that religion exudes from every pore of life in Saudi Arabia.

  11. Jerry M says:

    Don’t you think the concept of a forbidden city is absurd in this day and age?

    • I guess you could call it a forbidden city, but it’s technically just supposed to be for Muslims only, although it’s really on the honor system, since nobody checks for proof before you enter.

      • Beetle B. says:

        Although it’s really on the honor system, since nobody checks for proof before you enter.

        They don’t?

        When I lived there (left in the late 90’s), they did. Both the Makkah and Madinah highways had checkpoints on the highway into the city. There’s even a sign that warns non-Muslims of the last exit prior to the checkpoint.

        They never checked all vehicles, but you had to go through the checkpoint. They’d look at your iqamah which states your religion.

      • Beetle B. says:

        Here’s an example:

  12. Brad says:

    Wish the States had amazing stuff to see like that.

  13. Erin says:

    quite an impressive sculpture.
    so enjoy all the public art you share with us.

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