The ‘City of Lights’

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Madinah, a place known for Prophet Mohammad’s birth, a sacred city for the Muslims. The peace and welcoming embrace of this city exceed preconceived notions. Also called city of lights, its charm hypnotizes and relaxes the anxiety pervading people’s minds.

An unusually organized landscape, the city has a systematic planning of buildings and streets over hills and mountain tops which make it appear spread even. They make any visitor feel comfortable and at ease. People inhabiting Madinah appear more than civil and hospitable. They are kind and helpful more than once, reaffirming the belief that everyone belongs there, regardless of where you are born. It would be an odd sight for a foreigner to observe all women clad in full-sleeved, ankle length skirts and hair that are well concealed under a scarf a.k.a. abaya. ‘Normal’ would be their definition of the clothing sense prevalent in this city.

The commerce system in this country would differ from your native habitat. Food would have to be compromised upon since the cooks hasten to prepare the dishes in time for the next prayer call. Even the fast food stalls don’t help to satisfy your appetite. It would be tough for food fanatics, although the economic prices are jaw dropping and appealing. Imagine being able to provide a decent meal for a family of five within AED 40. Gold shops have created a stable base within the market. A variety of designs flock the showrooms, even those situated close to mosques. Carpets and pashmina shawls are also popular among the shops. Frames adorned with Quran verses are also sought by many buyers. Hotels like the intercontinental and Hilton are familiar with visitors. Such accommodation makes it easier for visitors to reside and commute within the city using hotel transport.

However, the primary attraction of the site is its significance in the history of propagation of Islam. Mosques are spread at every third street, some of them special than the rest. Battlefields which now remain barren also attract tourists regularly. Although the place is not a major tourist attraction, any Muslim who wants to retire and lead a laidback life with his savings should consider the place worth a try. It is a peaceful lifestyle offered to those seeking.

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