Travel and Vacation Guide, Madina | The Oberoi, Madina
Oberoi Hotels and Resorts


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Travel Information

The Oberoi Madina is located in Madina AlMunawara, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The hotel is in the city center and overlooking Masjid AlNabawi AlSharief, (The Prophet Mosque), the most important attraction for visitors of Madina AlMunawara.

Location & Access

By Air

Madina Oberoi is 15 minutes drive from the Madina International Airport. Madina is well connected to many international and all domestic location with daily flights operated by Saudi Arabian Airlines and many international Airlines.

By Road

The drive from Jeddah to Madina takes approximately four hours to cover a distance of approximately 424 kilometres.

Driving Directions

From Airport to The Oberoi, Madina

Take the Airport Road and reach King Fahad Road intersection. Follow the traffic from here to the Abizar Road at the end of which The Oberoi Madina is located, facing Masjid AlNabawi AlSharief.

From Jeddah to The Oberoi, Madina

Follow the Jeddah-Makkah Road (AlHijra Road). This road leads straight into Madina city to Qubaa Road from Jeddah and Makkah. At the end of Quba Road, turn right and enter into the 1st Ring Road that reaches King Fahad Road intersection. The traffic from here flows to the Abizar Road at the end of which The Oberoi Madina is located, facing Masjid AlNabawi AlSharief.

Other Travel Information


There are buses between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Turkey. There is also a car ferry which links Jeddah to Suez, as well as passenger-only services from Jeddah to Port Sudan and Musawwa (in Eritrea). There is no departure tax.


Passports valid for at least six months and visas are required for entry. Visas are issued for business and work, to visit close relatives, and for transit and religious visits. Visas for tourism are issued only for approved tour groups following organized itineraries. Airport and seaport visas are not available. All visas require a sponsor, can take several months to process, and must be obtained prior to arrival. Women visitors are required to be met by their sponsor upon arrival.


Saudi customs authorities enforce strict regulations concerning importation into Saudi Arabia of such banned items as alcohol products, weapons and any item that is held to be contrary to the tenets of Islam. This includes non-Islamic religious materials, pork products, and pornography. Saudi customs and postal officials broadly define what is contrary to Islam, and therefore prohibited. Christmas decorations, fashion magazines, and "suggestive" videos may be confiscated and the owner subject to penalties and fines. It is advisable to contact the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington or one of Saudi Arabia's consulates in the United States for specific information regarding customs requirements


The currency is called Saudi Arabian Riyal (SR) = 100 halala; 5 halala = 20 qurush. Notes are in denominations of SR500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1. Most foreign currencies can be exchanged at commercial banks and money-changers, which stay open longer. MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club and Visa are all widely accepted. Travellers’ cheques are widely accepted although they can be hard to change. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take travellers cheques in Saudi Riyal, Euros, US Dollars or Pounds Sterling and to carry the purchase receipt.


Saudi Arabia's deserts have extreme climates. From mid-April to mid-October, daytime temperatures is around 45°C (113°F) or higher throughout the country. In the dead of winter (December to January) things cool down in the cities: it's only around 15°C (59°F) during the day, and can be colder in the central deserts overnight. In the coastal areas it rains regularly, with high humidity in the summer, but there's very little rainfall in the capital Riyadh.


Tropical or lightweight clothing.


The official language is Arabic. English is spoken in business circles.

Special Events

Saudi Arabia's only holidays are Islamic. The most important of these holidays is Ramadan, a month when everyone fasts between sunrise and sunset to conform to the fourth pillar of Islam. Fasting during Ramadan is mandatory. There are strict laws against smoking, drinking or eating in public during this period. Ramadan ends with a feast, Id-ul-fitr and is concluded with prayers, celebration with friends and relatives and the exchange of gifts. Eid al-Adah, held around March, is the other big feast of the year, and marks the time when people of the Islamic faith make the pilgrimage to Makkah. The only non-religious festival is the Jinadriyah National Festival of folklore and culture, held every February. Saudi National day on 23 September is also a holiday.