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Clothing

The vital thing for the pilgrimage is bringing two or three sets of Ihram, each one of them includes two pieces of white unadorned cloth, either 100% cotton or light terry-cloth. During winter take with you some warmer items because the temperature goes down during the nights and early mornings.
Besides pack three or four pairs of rubber slippers to use during Ihram, as well as comfortable shoes or sandals for walking.

Weather

Summer months are extremely hot with the temperature raising above 40°C degrees during the day.

Credit Cards

All major credit cards are accepted.

Currency

The Saudi riyal is the official currency of Saudi Arabia. Each riyal is subdivided into 100 hallalahs. It is abbreviated as SR (Saudi riyal).
The Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) provides banknotes in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 riyals and coins in denominations of 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100 hallalahs. The riyal has been pegged against the U.S. dollar since 1986. One riyal equals 0.27 dollars, and a dollar equals 3.75 riyals.

Electric Current

110 - 220 Volts

Time Zones

GMT/UTC +3:00 hours

Tax

No relevant taxes

Visas

All non-Saudi travellers are required to get a visa before arrival in Makkah from an embassy or consulate of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, excluding the citizens of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar & United Arab Emirates.

For more information and enquiries please contact us at:
Tel: +966 12571 7888
Email: concierge.makkah@raffles.com

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