Madina is located in the North Western part of the Kingdom, approximately 950 km from the capital of Riyadh. Set on a plateau at the meeting point of three valleys, it is situated at an altitude of nearly 600 meters.
It is an important place of pilgrimage for Muslims, because of its religious and historical significance. It was the first city to support the Prophet Muhammad, aiding him in his initial battles, and therefore instrumental in the spread of Islam.
Madina is popularly known as 'The City of Dates', because of the numerous date palms that line its streets – and because of the various delicious varieties of dates available here.