Travel from 2nd to 9th of April 9, 2016:
SAUDI ARABIA: Last country I visited. It took me a business visa, accompanied by a letter of business, hotel reservations …. money, just money. They ask a lot of papers and doesn´t watch any. I hate having to do it this way. But strictly everything you ask and pay the corresponding amount, if not you’re out. The country doesn´t receive tourism, only going business or investing people. Major cities like Riyadh (capital) and Jeddah where traffic is unbearable at peak times, apart from the high temperatures. They are full of fast food restaurants and design buildings that try to demonstrate that a coup liter of oil can have a life and a patterned artificial country in a place that does not belong.
PLACES: Mecca, birthplace of Muhammad, and where the Kaaba (in the Masjid al-Haram Mosque), where they pray to the faithful throughout the world. The Mosque is the world’s largest, and is banned non-Muslims. Another holy city is Medina, where Muhammad emigrated from Mecca. That moment is reflected as the Hegira, which is the beginning of the Muslim calendar. It was in this city where the first mosque was built, the Quba Mosque, Muhammad placing its first stones. But it’s another mosque which is second in importance within Islam; the Prophet’s Mosque or Masjid al-Nabawi. Muhammad is buried there.
In Mecca everything revolves around the pilgrimage, so points to note are of equal religious form, such as Mount Arafat, Mina and ZamZam Well, collected in the history of Islam.
Because of the prohibition to visit the two holy places infidels, non-Muslims is better to visit other areas of the country, such as Riyadh, the capital, where you can see vestiges of the past as the historic center or old King Abd al-Aziz, the Al-Masmak Castle or the town of Diriyah, with Salwa Palace or Al-Turaif Baths. You can also see modern buildings as the Kingdom Centre, the tallest skyscraper in the country, or the Al Faisaliyah Tower with a golden ball at the top, and was the first skyscraper in Saudi Arabia and second in height.