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> 2009 New Muslim Umra Tour
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs):
- What is
IslamiCity’s travel study program?
The program provides adult Muslims (young adults/students and older,
life-long learners alike) an opportunity to travel and learn about their
Islamic heritage, as well as interact with their Muslim brothers and sisters
in other parts of the world. This is
not a deen-intensive or intensive Arabic/religious studies program.
The focus is on history, culture and society, relying on the insights and
knowledge of local expert guides and the lived experience of Muslims of the
- Who is the program
The program is specifically designed for adult Muslims over the age of 18,
and teenagers 14 yrs. old and over who are accompanied by a parent or older
relative. The program seeks to strengthen bonds of brotherhood / sisterhood
between participants and their peers in the country visited. Of the earlier
tours organized by IslamiCity the youngest participant was 12 years old and
the life-long learner was 78 years old.
- Why should I
participate in this particular tour?
There are two distinct reasons why you should participate in IslamiCity
Tours. (1) Tours organized by IslamiCity are always educational and fun in
an Islamic environment and context. They are supervised by Muslim experts of
the area. (2) IslamiCity tours are reasonably priced compared to other
tours. We invite you to call a Tour Operator and ask them to quote you for a
comparable tour (Islamic & with a bilingual Muslim guide) to surprise
- How much does the
program cost and what does it include?
By choosing clean and comfortable, but more modest hotel apartment
accommodations and leaving meals to the individual travelers, we are able to
offer this Umrah package at an amazing price. The packages will include airfare from US to the
Jedah. All participants will stay in
comfortable in hotel apartment for the duration of the tour,
and there will be ground transportation throughout the tour. Entrance fees to all monuments & museums will also be included.
The package price excludes (a) food and bavereges (b) tips to the Guide(s) &
- When should I
deposit & what are the payment terms?
You should deposit a non-refundable deposit of US$200 to reserve your
space as soon as possible and no later than March 25, 2009. The
balance amount must be paid by April 1, 2009. This allows us to do the
necessary arrangements. Any questions anytime please feel free to call us
310-642-0006, ext.104 or 714-362-1695 or email us at .
- Why such a heavy
Primarily to offset the liabilities that IslamiCity will be liable
to the service providers; hotels, airlines & the local tour operators.
- How many cities
will we visit?
We will visit 3 major places - Jeddah - Makkah and Madinah. Within each city, we will visit many other
areas (see itinerary).
- Are women mandated
to wear Hijab in Saudi Arabia?
A short answer is
- What are some key Saudi
cultural issues that we should be aware of?
Men & women don't shake hands. Women for the most part wear Hijab except
in downtown Jeddah and some other places. Never criticize food in front of
the host, even in a restaurant. Don't get surprised to see men and women
totally separated in local city buses. Bargaining is in the blood of Saudi
merchants. Don't be shy to get the best deal for yourself.
- What are the
arrangements for daily prayers?
While in Makkah and Madinah, we will safely assume that everyone will make
an effort to pray at Masjid al Haram. As a general rule, the daily itinerary will have
dedicated time allocated for congregation (Qasr) prayers for Duhr/Asr and
Maghrib/Isha. Friday prayers are scheduled to be prayed in Masjid al Haram
in Makkah and Madinah.
- What will the
accommodations be like?
We will be staying in good quality hotel apartments with kitchen. Accommodations will be clean,
pleasant and comfortable. All rooms will have four beds, one for each person
in the room.
- What is the meal
Meals are not included in the price. Allow approximately $20 per day for
food, but it can be done for even less.
- What should I pack?
It does get hot during summer in Saudi Arabia. We suggest you pack
light clothes. Few pairs of jeans with bunch of T-Shirts would in fact do.
Remember that you can bring back some very good & inexpensive gifts.
Make sure you've a good pair of sneakers & sun glasses. Make sure your
favorite toothpaste flavor and a bottle of over-the-counter drugs, such as
Tylenol, Malox etc. is handy. A camera with lots of picture rolls,
preferably 36 exposures or better yet a digital camera to avoid all the
hassles. A journal diary is highly recommended. Hard case suitcases are highly
recommended. For details, please see (Travel Guide).
- What happens when I
get late & everyone is waiting for me in the bus going to wherever?
Unless there's a (provable) legitimate reason others will not forgive you
... We suggest you try to be respectful & value the time of other
participants. Bring along lots of patience, traveling is not as much fun without
- Would I stay with
my best friend in the hotel?
Chances are, yes. But if you don't for any reason, please don't sweat. Take
it easy. You'll be staying with Muslim friends. It is in fact encouraged to
sometimes stay with a person you don't know. This way you will make new
friends and get to know other people while acquiring or sharpening the
skills of traveling and living with others.
- What travel
arrangements need to be made? Do I need a visa?
Participants are required to mail their passport for to IslamiCity for visa
purposes. IslamiCity will gather everyone's passport and get a group visa
from the Consulate in Los Angeles.