At the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, the entrances for men and women are segregated. Women enter the mosque form the north through four gates which are:
- Bab Sultan Abdulmejid – Doors 12, 13, 14 : Located on the western façade (side) at the very north end.
- Bab Uhud – Door 23 : Located on the north façade, just left of King Fahd Gate
- Bab Uthman Bin Affan – Doors 24, 25, 26 : Located on the north façade at the north-east corner of the mosque
- Bab Ali Bin Abi Talib – Doors 28, 29, 30 : Located on the eastern façade at the very north end.
The Rawḍah ash-Sharifah lies toward the south end of the Masjid An Nabawi. If you have reserved a hotel near the Green Dome, you well need to walk no-less than 500 meters to get to the ladies entrances. Once inside, the ladies will have to walk another 350 meters back to get to the Rawdah. This makes little sense especially for the small children and the elderly mothers.
If you are walking along the eastern side of the mosque, you may notice a door numbered 39 called Bab An-Nisa or “The Women’s Door”. However, at present, it is used as an entrance for men.
This door was installed by Umar bin Al Khattab, exclusively for the women during his reign. With expansion, the door has moved eastward and its purpose has also changed.
Women are alloted specific times to enter the Rawḍah ash-Sharifah. These timings change through the year. You will also need to register your time-slot to visit the Rawḍah using the Eatmarna app.
When visiting the Rawḍah, ladies enter through Gate 25 (Bab Uthman Bin Affan). If you enter the Masjid An Nabawi form Bab Ali Bin Abi Talib (Gates 28, 29, 30) or Bab Mejidi (Gates 12, 13, 14), you may discover the path to the Rawḍah gated or walled off. You may even find the nearby gates shut in order to maintain the direction of travel and make it easy to quickly enter and exit.
After dropping off their ladies, men can enter the Masjid An Nabawi form the magnificent King Fahd Gate (Gates 20, 21 22). It is exactly in front of the Clock Tower Roundabout at the terminus of King Fahd Rd. The wide corridor form the King Fahd Gate allows for unobstructed travel to the Rawḍah ash-Sharifah. There is also plenty of space here to allow the men to pray or sit and wait in worship while their ladies finish their ritual at the Rawḍah ash-Sharifah.
When searching for hotels near the ladies gate 25, you will need look in the neighbourhood of Al Bada’a (the Clock Tower Roundobout) and Al Masani. These areas see heavy pedestrian foot traffic due to the proximity of numerous hotels, restaurants, shops and services. You will also find here buses for ziyarah that take you to Uhud, the site of the Battle of Khandaq and Masjid Al Qiblatain.
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The Oberoi is one of the most famous hotels in Madinah. Click here to see it an a map. Built in 1987, it occupies an envious space at the north-west corner of the courtyard of the Masjid An Nabawi. Offering the best in luxury and privacy, the Oberoi has been the choice of many royalty, global entrepreneurs and celebrities..
Every room has heavy furniture, plush arm-chairs, a walk-in closet. The luxurious decoration is enhanced by the beautiful lighting, carpet and fabrics. You will also find electronic safe to store your valuables, a mini-fridge and snack-bar, a tea and coffee maker and a 43-inch flat-screen TV.
All rooms have individual control for air-conditioning. You will also be presented with a pillow-menu to choose a pillow that best suits you sleeping style and comfort.
The bathrooms are modern and are fitted with a bath-tub, a wall-mounted shower and bidet.
The Oberoi features two cafes and three full service restaurants. The Mogul offers Indian Cuisine, The Kyoto, as the name suggests specializes in authentic Japanese dishes such as sushi and teppanyaki. Al Ansar offers 24 hour fine dining foods from around the world.
There is Spa and Fitness centre, open to both men and woman but segregated by gender. It is a perfect space to rejuvenate after a long day.
The Oberoi is also an prime meeting space. Three banqueting and meeting spaces for conducting business, fundraisers and even weddings.
The Golden Tulip Al-Zahabi is located in the courtyard of the Masjid-An-Nabawi, facing the Uthman-bin-Affan Gate, ladies entrance 25. Click here to see in on a map. For its envious location, it is a mid-priced hotel. However, The rooms and facilities are comparatively small but they are clean, and tastefully furnished.
Each room is carpeted and comes with a desk and chair, a fridge, a coffee and tea maker, a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi. The bathrooms are clean an well lighted. You will find them equipped with a hair-dryer, slippers, towels and complimentary toiletries.
The Golden Tulip has a café and two restaurants on site that offer traditional Arabian as well as Western cuisine.
(Male) Guests can also avail the facility of a weights-room at the hotel to keep up with their fitness regimen.
Dar Al Taqwa is another 5 star hotel with a prime location directly in front of the King Fahd Gate (20, 21, 22) and the ladies entrance at the Uthman bin Affan Gate (24, 25, 26). Click here to see it an a map. It has beautiful, cozy rooms with modern furniture and comfortable beds. All guests are warmly welcomed with a fruit basket upon arrival.
Every room is furnished with a desk and chair, a coffee and tea maker, a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi. The bathrooms are spacious and fully marbled. There is a standing shower with a rain-showerhead and you will find complimentary toiletries and a bath-robe.
The Dar Al Taqwah hotel has a café and two on-site restaurant. Al Marwa Restaurant offers dishes that are distinctly Saudi Arabian and those form the other parts of the Middle-East. It is also open for Iftar and Suhoor in Ramadan. Al Qasar is another beautiful restaurant that serves both local and European cuisine.
Shahd Al Madina (formerly knows as Shazah Madinah) is a luxury hotel located near the clock-tower on King Fahd Rd. It is just behind the Dar Al Taqwah hotel. It is a very busy location that sees heavy vehicle and pedestrian traffic as it is one of the major routes leading to the Masjid-an-Nabawi form the north. Click here to see it an a map.
The rooms at Shahd Al Madina will always remind you of where you are. Each room is beautifully furnished in a modern style, but with a hint of Arab and Islamic designs mixed in. The rooms are spacious with the Deluxe room for 2 adults measuring around 310 sq.ft. Each room comes with a desk and chair, a coffee and tea maker, a fridge, a digital safe, a flat-screen tv and free Wi-Fi.
The hotel has one on-site restaurant, Arabesque, which serves a variety of international dishes. The restaurant features and open kitchen where the chefs prepare your food in front of you while you wait.
The Shalimar is a tea and coffee lounge is also a great meeting space for families. You will find a variety of herbal teas on the menu. The lounge also recommends specific tea blends surrounding the five daily prayers.
At Shahd Al Madina, you may even avail the services of a butler, Al Morafik. He can confirm your flights, arrange transport for ziyarah or to Makkah, or help make your day special according to your wants.
Taiba Suites, also known as Taiba ARAC (an acronym of its parent company: Arab Resort Areas Corp), is located at the edge of the courtyard of the Masjid An Nabawi, across the street from Dal Al Taqwa. The ladies entrance is a 200 metre walk from here. Click here to see it an a map.
As the name suggests, the Taiba is a suite-style hotel. Every suite comes with a separate living, bedroom and kitchen areas. The private kitchens are equipped with a microwave, fridge, an electric kettle, an electric stove/oven and a washing-machine.
You have a choice of suites with one or two bedrooms all the way up to a six-bedroom suite that can accommodate a group of up to 18 people. Some suites have a maid/servant area with their own bedroom and private washroom.
The suites are furnished in a customary Saudi style, which may look dated and minimalist for western travelers. Each suite comes with a desk and chair, couches, a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi with satellite channels.
The bathrooms are spacious and clean. Most have a standing shower, with a separation form the toilet. The smaller suites have a bath-tub with a shower combination.
Madinah Hilton is located at the intersection of King Fahd Rd and Abu Obaidullah bin Jarrah St. It is about 250 meters form the ladies entrance at the Masjid An Nabawi. There are numerous shops and restaurants on the first floor of the hotel. This area is, therefore, always busy and popular. Click here to see it an a map.
The rooms at the Madinah Hilton are luxuriously furnished and modern but with a touch of Islamic design. Each room comes with a dresser, a desk and chair, a mini-bar, coffee and tea makers, a flat screen TV and free Wi-Fi. Available room configurations include a single queen size beds, or two full-size beds as well as suites that feature private bedrooms and separate living areas.
The bathrooms at the Madinah Hilton are amazingly spacious with separate areas for the toilet, sink and standing shower.
The Madinah Hilton serves as an elegant meeting venue with beautiful restaurants and banqueting facilities. The Marmara Restaruant serves a Mediterranean menu alongside traditional Arabic dishes. The Madinah Restaurant features sea-food specialities such as shrimp and lobster. For something light and casual, check out café Najd that serves a variety of tea, coffee, juices and light refreshment.
The Dallah Taibah Hotel is located on Zaid bin Thabit Rd, about a 245 meter walk form the ladies entrance 25 at the Masjid An Nabawi. It offers traditional Saudi hospitality combined with sophistication and luxury. It is one of the best hotels in the city to come back to after an evening of prayers, shopping and sight-seeing. Click here to see it an a map.
The rooms here are cozy, richly decorated and offer ample space to stretch your legs. Each room comes with individual air conditioning control, a flat-screen TV, a safety deposit box and a fridge. Free Wi-Fi is available to all guests throughout the hotel.
The bathrooms are spacious and clean and stocked with toiletries and slippers.
If you are entertaining guests or want something to eat, there is a lounge on the ground-floor, where you can enjoy some hot coffee, tea and cold beverages. While breakfast is not generally included in the room fare, the lounge does offer a buffet breakfast at additional cost.
The Dallah Taibah hotel also has a fitness centre for men that in complete with cardio machines and free-weights of all sizes.
Ruve Al Madinah Hotel, also sometimes spelled as “Rove Hotel Madinah”, is located on Abu Obaidah bin Jarrah St in the heart of the shopping area of Al Bada’ah district. Click here to see it an a map. The hotel architecture features Rawashin, which is a tribute to the wooden lattice covering the windows of buildings in the Hijaz that were once popular before air-conditioners became widespread.
Ruve Al Madinah Hotel has 331 guest rooms that are modern and beautifully furnished. Each room comes with free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV, a safety-deposit box and a desk and chair. You may enjoy the mini-bar stocked with bottled water, soft-drinks, chips and chocolate which are subject to additional charge. Some rooms have a mini-kitchenette that can be helpful to re-heat food items or make tea or coffee on the gas-stove.
The hotel has an on-site restaurant that features a Lebanese menu in addition to pizza and pasta. A buffet breakfast is served in the morning consisting for a variety of breads, cakes, tea, coffee, fresh juices and traditional Arab dishes. Breakfast is not included with the room fare.
While you can take advantage of all-day dining, you can also opt for the 24-hour room service that allows you to try various foods for restaurants nearby.
Dar An Naeem is perhaps the most budget friendly hotel that is closest to the ladies gate at the Masjid an Nabawi, Madinah. The accommodations here are somewhat basic but suitable for families.
The rooms here have a full size bed, a wardrobe, a small desk and arm-chairs. The carpets are clean and there are curtains on the windows that partially block the sunlight.
Some of the bathrooms have been newly tiled and renovated. You will find a shower-tub combination, a hair-dryer and a set of complimentary toiletries for personal use. Some bathrooms (especially in the large capacity rooms) have a standing shower-stall.
The hotel has an on-site restaurant serving traditional Saudi foods. However, there are Indian-Pakistani restaurants nearby for breakfast, lunch and dinner if you prefer so.
Dar An Naeem is located on King Faisal Rd, the innermost of the three ring-roads of Madinah. It is about a 400 meter walk to the Ladies Gate 25. It takes about a 12 minute to walk to the Masjid An-Nabawi, however, a taxi may take you about 3 minutes depending on the direction of the flow of the traffic. Click here to see it an a map.
Al Rawda Royal Inn is a beautiful, classy hotel located on Mus’ab bin Umair Rd, about 250 meters form the Ladies Gate 25 of Masjid an Nabawi. It is located in a busy pedestrian area with lots of shops and restaurants close-by. Click here to see it an a map.
The rooms at the Rawda Royal Inn are beautifully furnished with luxurious fabrics and high quality furniture. Each room comes with a desk and chair, a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi and a coffee and tea maker. You can see the Masjid an Nabawi form some of the rooms but with tall buildings obstructing the view, these rooms may nat be easily available.
The bathrooms are clean and have new fixtures. You will find clean towels, a hair-dryer and complimentary toiletries for personal use.
The Rawdah Royal Inn offers rooms for a family of four or six. Suites featuring up to three private bedrooms are more suitable for groups of upto six and have lots of space to move around and place you stuff.
The on-site restaurant Yasmeen serves a large, all day buffet of traditional Arab, Indian-Pakistani, Oriental and Western foods. It is also open for breakfast where you can serve yourself a variety of teas, coffees, fresh fruit juices and a variety of Arabic-breads.
Al Aqeeq Madinah hotel is located next to Al Rawdah Royal Inn on Mus’ab bin Umair Rd. Click here to see it an a map. This is another hotel, that comes highly recommended for its beautiful rooms and excellent service. As of writing, it is part of the Millennium hotels group that has properties across the Middle-East, Asia, Europe, New Zealand and the United States.
The rooms at Al Aqeeq Madinah are richly decorated to give a sense of solace and comfort, away form the crowds and the noise of the city. Each room is furnished with a desk and chair, a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, and in-room safe and a coffee and tea maker.
Room sizes range form a deluxe for a couple up to quadruple for 5 guests. The hotel also has suite apartments with private bedrooms and spacious bathrooms that have both a soaker-tub and a shower-stall.
The Millennium Al Aqeeq hotel has two onsite restaurants. Al Majeedi restaurant specializes in the flavours of the far-east, while Multaqa serves both traditional Arabic food as well as western favourites.
There is also a VIP lounge where you can relax and enjoy a round of tea and coffee with friends and have light refreshment such as fresh fruit and sandwiches that are served all day.
Leader Al Muna Kareem, also known as Muna Kareem Leader, is a 300 room hotel located near King Faisal Road at the intersection of Abu Dharr Al Ghaffari St. It is a quick 4 minute walk to the Ladies Gate 25 at the Masjid an Nabawi. Click here to see it an a map.
Just next to the hotel is Masjid Imam Bukhari. It is said that the great scholar Muhammad bin Ismail al Bukhari stayed here during his travels, compiling the hadith of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.
The Muna Al Kareem hotel features a polished experience with excellent service and beautiful rooms. Each room is well lighted, luxuriously carpeted and draped. You will find a desk and chair, a flat-screen TV a mini-fridge and a coffee and tea-maker. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the building.
There is an on-site restaurant that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You will find an exquisite buffet serving traditional Saudi dishes as well as Indian-Pakistani, Oriental and Western foods. Room service is also available for and additional fee.
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