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Makkah (mecca) : Overview
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Area Size :  850 Sq. Km.   Population :  1.7 Millions.  
Popular Languages :  Arabic, French, Hindi, Punjabi  
 Masjid  > Makkah (mecca)

Mecca sometimes spelled Makkah is the holiest meeting site of the Islamic religion. The city is modern, cosmopolitan and whilst being closed to non-muslims is nonetheless ethnically diverse.

Islamic tradition attributes the beginning of Mecca to Ishmael's descendants. In the 7th century, the Islamic prophet Muhammad proclaimed Islam in the city which was by then an important trading center. After 966, Mecca was led by local sharifs, until 1924, when it came under the rule of the Saudis.In i ts modern period Mecca has seen a great expansion in size and infrastructure.

The modern day city is the capital of Saudi Arabia's Mecca Province, in the historic Hejaz region. With a population of 1.7 million (2008), the city is located 73 km (45 mi) inland from Jeddah in a narrow valley at a height of 277 m (910 ft) above sea level.

 

October to May

By air:

King Abdulaziz International Airport and Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Airport are the entry points and it is also accessible to non-Muslims.

By bus: 

Saudi Arabian Public Transport Company (SAPTCO) runs luxurious buses from most parts of Saudi Arabia at cheap rates. Other private operators also run buses.

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