If you are in the Kingdom, visiting the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah in the Hijaz region is a given. In fact, thousands of people from all over the world make the all-important Umrah pilgrimage during the holy month. That, however, may not be possible this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For local Saudis and residents though, visiting the Two Holy Mosques may be easier this year, thanks to the efficient applications of Eatmarna, Tawakkalna and Tabaud.

Here are more reasons for you to visit the unique region of Hijaz this Ramadan. But before that, wear your mask and maintain social distancing!

1-The Two Holy Mosques and the Clock Tower: The first and foremost reason to visit this part of the Kingdom is undoubtedly to pray and seek closeness to Allah SWT in Makkah and Madinah. It is indeed a blessing to be able to visit Masjid Al-Haram and the Prophet’s Mosque. Moreover, the majestic Clock Tower is an added attraction for visitors, who can take a tour of the giant structure.

2-Jeddah: The city of Jeddah, often called the Bride of the Red Sea, is the commercial and tourism capital of Hijaz. It is the point of arrival for travelers to the region, from outside the Kingdom. The city is characterized by the diversity of its cultures and openness. It is considered to be a favorable place for residence and work, by people of all nationalities and religions. The historical neighborhoods in Old Jeddah are a popular tourist attraction for both local and international visitors. A number of guides and vlogs are available online for those interested in exploring this gem of a destination.

3-Mountains of Taif: The topography of the Kingdom varies, and not all of it is a barren desert. In fact, far from it. The western region is home to a number of scenic valleys and mountains, and Taif is one such destination. It is a popular summer hill station for people looking for cooler spots during the hot months of the year. The city’s monkeys found on its mountains and roads are sure to attract the children.

4-Historic House of Hijaz: This is a miniature museum preserved by the locals and offers a peek into the lifestyles and architecture of the people of the past. Perfect for Instagram-worthy shots, the museum offers a number of cultural and literary tours for visitors.

5-Mashrabiya or Al-Rawachin: A mashrabiya is an architectural element, which is characteristic of traditional architecture in the Islamic world. It is a type of projecting window or balcony enclosed with carved wood latticework located on the upper floors of a building, sometimes enhanced with decorative stained glass. The mashrabiya is an important element of the Hijaz region’s cultural and architectural heritage, most notably in Makkah and Jeddah.