Arab News said markets in central Madinah are seeing a noticeable increase in activity as pilgrims from Iran, Turkey, and other nationalities have begun arriving to the city and visiting markets to purchase various goods.
The increase in visitors to the city has boosted competition among shops situated near the Prophet’s Mosque and surrounding areas.
According to Mohammed Ezzaldin, the manager of a shopping mall, shopkeepers are racing to meet the needs of customers and to obtain the highest possible sales. “Iranian visitors are the most active in the market as many buy large quantities of various items since prices are much lower than those in their home country,” he said.
Shopkeeper Mustafa Mahmoud said sales in the coming period are expected to be 30 percent greater than last year. Meanwhile, Mohammed Rashwan, head of the Chamber of Commerce and Trade in Madinah, noted that both shops and customers benefit from the trade at the markets, particularly as goods are cheaper due to the absence of taxes.
“All service sectors, including malls, restaurants and hotels, are thriving these days due to the large influx of pilgrims and visitors,” he said, noting that more than 5 million pilgrims are expected this year.
Local hotels in Madinah, in cooperatoin with local tour operators, have also arranged city tours to historical sites for the benefit of those who come to Madinah to visit the Prophet’s Mosque.
British Hajj Travel offers you a chance to fulfil your dream by visiting the holy cities of Saudi Arabia and perform Umrah at any time during 2015.