The Many Benefits of Zamzam Water

Aside from being one of the most important rites of passage in Islam, Hajj and Umrah are wonderful pilgrimage experiences that enable visitors to discover the hidden secrets and beautiful locations of the holy city of Makkah in Saudi Arabia. One of the most astonishing features of the city is the Zamzam Well located within the Masjid Al Haram, a mere 20 metres east of the holy Kaaba.


Ancient mythology tells the tale of Abraham’s infant son, Ishmael, and his mother Hagar, who were left stranded in the desert, thirsty and tired, when a source of miraculous water sprang up at their feet to satiate them. This became known as Zamzam Water.

Today, the Zamzam Well is one of the most visited places in Islam and considered one of the rewards of Hajj and Umrah. Part of Accor Hotels’ Hajj & Umrah Packages, the visit to the Zamzam Well is one of the tour highlights as Zamzam Water itself has long been considered as one of the purest on earth, with a slew of health benefits associated with it.

1. Zamzam Water enhances energy levels in our cells
The head of the largest medical center in Munich, German scientist Dr. Knut Pfeiffer, has long been studying the effects and benefits of Zamzam Water. One of his most fascinating theories was that the water increases energy levels and strengthens the cell systems of the human body, which he was able to prove with plenty of research and countless trials.

2. Zamzam Water contains no germs or bacteria
While Hajj & Umrah benefits are endless on a religious and personal level, your visit to the Zamzam Well will surely prove to be one of the highlights of your experience. According to Dr. Yahya Koshak, and following a series of tests using ultraviolet tech through Europe and Saudi Arabia, Zamzam Water was found to be completely free of germs and bacteria because of its high levels of fluoride.

3. Zamzam Water is known for its purity
With a perfect bicarbonate amounts higher than the total found in water sourced from the French Alps, Zamzam Water is commonly known to be the purest on the planet.

4. Zamzam Water is rich in Calcium and Magnesium

You might want to take this into consideration on your next Hajj & Umrah procedure. Zamzam Water has been scientifically proven to contain very high levels of Calcium and Magnesium, which can help decrease fatigue. This also provides the water with healing qualities thanks to high fluoride levels similar to conventional medicine properties.

5. Zamzam Water encourages the growth of healthy bones

Because of Zamzam Water’s abundance of Calcium, the water positively affects the human body, especially the bones as they absorb the vitamins and benefit from them for better growth.

The list of Zamzam Water health benefits can go on and on and on. Zamzam Water, after all, has long been regarded as one of the purest and most spiritually-healing bodies of water on earth. So next time you book one of our luxury 5-star hotels in Makkah that are specially designed for Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages, make sure to try the Zamzam Water and experience its qualities and benefits for yourself.

Your Guide to Umrah Rituals

Assalamu’alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh!

 In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

What is Umrah

Umrah is a beautiful spiritual journey taken by every single Muslim to acknowledge Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala – Glory to him, the exalted) as the harbinger of peace and to commune with him to purge the impurities within. Any pilgrim who proceeds on this journey, goes along the path to purifying their soul, heart mind and body from the sins committed in the past to be distinguished from others on Resurrection day.

Essentially, the Umrah means ‘a visit’ to the Holy Kaaba (the Sacred House of God) in Arabic and can be performed by anyone, anytime of the year; unlike Hajj, which is an obligatory pilgrimage to Makkah, performed every year within the first 10 days of the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah.


Umrah Rituals – How to Perform Umrah

The acts of faith performed by all pilgrims during their spiritual journey to the Holy Kaaba are collectively known as the Umrah rituals.

Depending on whether one wishes to perform Hajj after the commencement of Umrah rituals, there are two types of Umrah: Al Umrah Al Mufradah (optional before Hajj) and Umrah Al Tammatu (obligatory before Hajj).

Following are the four acts of Umrah Al Mufradah that involve fulfilling some religious duties and rituals, each anchoring the pilgrim in the right moment towards complete atonement.

Ihram from Miqat – The intention to perform Umrah

Before pilgrims wish to enter the Al Masjid Al Haram (the sacred boundary of Makkah) and move across to perform Umrah, they should wear Ihram in order to make haram and traverse the five different areas of Miqats in the Haram boundary:

  • Dhu’l Hulaifah (Abbyar Ali) is for pilgrims coming from or through Madina
  • Al-Juhfah (near Rabigh) is for pilgrims coming from or through Syria, Morocco, or Egypt.
  • Qarn-al manazil (As-Sail Al-Kabeer) is for pilgrims coming from or through Najd or Taif.
  • Yalamlam (Sa’adiyah) is for pilgrims coming from or through India, Pakistan or Yemen.
  • Dhat `Irq is for pilgrims coming from or through Iraq.

Prior to visiting the sacred boundary of Makkah, pilgrims are mandated to assume a state of Ihram, which is the combined sacred act of Niyyah and Talbiyah necessary to perform Umrah. Niyyah is the innate intention to perform an act of worship, while Talbiyah is a special prayer said in supplication.

To become a Muhrim (a pilgrim that has attained the state of Ihram), a pilgrim must prepare himself for Ihram by following the below steps as instructed by the Prophet (PBUH):

  • Performing ablutions – cleansing the body to attain physical purity, which involves some rituals that are mandatory (Mushtahab) and others, are preferable for Ihram:
  1. Ghusl (Mustahab)
  2. Perfuming the head & beard. (Mustahab)
  • Clipping finger & toe nails (Preferred)
  1. Trimming moustache (Preferred)
  2. Shaving off unwanted body hair (Preferred)
  • Changing into the sacred attire of two-pieced white Ihram sheets (Izar and Rida) for men and ordinary Islamic clothes for women. Both, men and women, should wear the flip-flops or sandals that expose the middle bones of the midfoot.
  • Performing the two Rakats of Salah al-Ihram while covering the head.
  • Pronouncing the Niyyah as the Miqat approaches
  • Reciting Talbiyah repeatedly while traversing the Miqat stations in the sacred boundary of the Grand Holy Mosque until the commencement of Tawaf before travelling to Makkah for the next step of Umrah.

Tawaf – Circumambulation of the Holy Kaaba in worship

After assuming a state of Ihram, the Muhrim performs the obligatory act of Tawaf in the Al Masjid Al Haram. The Muhrim must stop reciting the Talbiyah and start circumambulating the holy Kaaba seven times (as a reminder of the angels that circumambulate the celestial realms of Allah’s house, al-Bayt al-Ma’mur), by setting their right foot in and making Idtiba’a. Men must bare their right shoulder by placing the Rida under their right arm and the lower parts of it over their left shoulder during the entirety of Tawaf.

 They must circumambulate the Masjid Al Haram by starting from the Black Stone and completing it there at with the sincere intention of seeking closeness to Allah. The worship is validated only if the pilgrim recites the prescribed du’aa (supplication) during each one of the seven circumambulations.

Pilgrims can to Istilam (kiss or gesture towards the Black Stone), if he/she can during the circumambulations. Otherwise, they can touch it with their right hand and start moving towards completing the seven anticlockwise circumambulations while reciting du’aa with the holy Kaaba on their left, without any interruptions or distractions.

During the first three circumambulations, only the men must make Ramal (fast-paced walk on entry into the holy Kaaba) and the remaining four are completed by walking (at a normal pace) between the al Rukn al Yamani (the Rukn of the holy Kaaba) and the Black Stone.

The last circumambulation ends exactly where the first one began, to ensure that the pilgrim completed all seven rounds without moving or falling behind a single step or more. And with the seventh round of circumambulation and performance of eight Istilam, the state of Tawaf concludes. At this point, men must cover their shoulders with the upper part of the Ihram sheet.

Upon completion of Tawaf, pilgrims can go behind Maqam Ibrahim (the station of Ibrahim) and perform Salat of Tawaf to offer the two short rak’aa’s and thereafter drink the holy Zamzam water from Well of Zamzam in the basement of the Sacred Mosque while supplicating to Allah.

After drinking Zamzam, pilgrims then proceed to the Multazam, a section of the holy Kaaba between the Black Stone and the door of the Kaaba, to supplicate to Allah and offer du’aa.

Sa’iy – Walking seven times between the hills of Safa and Marwah in worship

Umrah pilgrims intending to make Sa’iy must make their way out of the Al Masjid Al Haram towards the Masaa’ (the place of Sa’iy) which commemorates the struggle Prophet Abraham’s wife Hazarat Hajra went through to search for water for her son in between the hills of Safa in the south and Marwah in the North. In essence, Sa’iy is a great way to spend some time on self-reflection and self-realisation.

Pilgrims start Sa’iy by going up the hill of Safa to see the holy Kaaba from the Safa door. They must face the Kaaba with utmost devotion and love, while raising their hands to supplicate to Allah. They must then descend from Safa and walk towards the hill of Marwah while reciting the supplication Subhan Allah and keep moving until they reach two green pillars between which only the men have to run through while the women walk at a normal pace. When on top of Marwah, praise Allah facing the Kaaba and recite the supplication mentioning Allah.

The procedure continues with pilgrims going from Safa to Marwah and returning back to Safa, until the they complete seven laps in total. Each round is nearly 450m long. The seventh round will end at Marwah where all pilgrims must stand facing the Kaaba and repeat the same supplications that were recited at Safa. Men must perform Sa’iy with their shoulders covered.

After offering two Raka of Nafl (at a desirable time) in the Al Masjid Al Haram, pilgrims should come out of the Holy Mosque with their left foot out and then offer a du’aa.

Halq (shaving the head) or Taqsir (clipping or shortening of the hair for men and women)

Finally, the last step of your journey, shaving or clipping the hair in Mina. Men should get their head completely shaved, or get their hair clipped. While women are forbidden to shave their heads and only allowed to have a lock or strand of their hair clipped. The act of cutting the hair symbolizes one’s detachment from physical appearances and complete subjection to Allah.

All the prohibitions imposed on the conduct of pilgrims by Irham are lifted, upon completion of this last obligatory ritual. They can then remove Ihram sheets and change into their regular clothes.

Discover some of the best 5-star hotels in Makkah near haram abound with amenities perfect for pilgrims, families and business travelers.

5 reasons to stay at the Pullman Zamzam Makkah hotel

The Pullman Zamzam Makkah hotel offers Umrah and Hajj accommodation that combines connectivity and comfort with quick access to the Grand Mosque.

Here are five reasons for pilgrims, families and business travelers to stay at the Pullman Zamzam Makkah hotel.

1. Easy access to the Haram

In the Abraj Al Bait complex, the hotel is a few minutes’ walk from King Abdul Aziz Gate. The hotel’s location makes it convenient to pray at the Grand Mosque at any time.

2. Multilingual concierges

Known as Pullman Welcomers, the multilingual concierges will help to make your stay in Makkah as comfortable as possible. Take advantage of their local knowledge and ask for information about Makkah tours, the best restaurants in the city or anything else you need.

3. Perfect for families

Children under 12 enjoy free accommodation, breakfast and Executive Lounge access when with a parent. Suites have a kitchenette and plenty of space.

4. Facilities for pilgrims

To pray in your room, simply turn on the Haram radio and use the prayer rugs. This 5-star hotel also has a prayer room with a close-up view of the Kaaba.

5. Delicious cuisine

Start your day with a gourmet breakfast featuring a variety of local and international dishes. Two all-day restaurants and a lobby lounge offer authentic dishes in a relaxing atmosphere.

Learn more about the Pullman Zamzam Makkah hotel.

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Elegant Arabic design at the Pullman Zamzam Makkah hotel

Pullman Zamzam Makkah twin room

There are 1315 deluxe rooms and suites at the Pullman Zamzam Makkah hotel


5 reasons to stay at Swissôtel Al Maqam hotel

Looking for the ideal Umrah or Hajj accommodation? Look no further: this luxury Makkah hotel provides warm Arabic hospitality, Swiss standards and easy access to the Grand Mosque.

Here are five top reasons to book a room at the Swissôtel Al Maqam hotel.

1. Easy access to the Haram

Facing the Kaaba, this luxury hotel within the Abraj Al Bait complex is just a few minutes away from the Holy Mosque. Guests have direct access to the main entrances.

2. Contemporary Swiss style

This Makkah hotel features modern design, friendly service and comfortable public spaces. Enjoy a blend of Arabic hospitality and Alpine decor in the heart of Makkah.

3. Sensational room choices

You have many choices: from the classic twin room to the spacious Family Suites with a separate living room, dining room and kitchenette. All rooms come with WiFi, a refreshment center, prayer rugs and Haram radio.

4. Relaxed, refined dining

Al Khairat is an all-day restaurant that serves authentic cuisines from the Gulf region, Europe and the Far East. For relaxing refreshments, try the cozy Masharif Tea Lounge.

5. Easy shopping at Abraj Al Bait Mall

Guests have direct access to world-class shopping at Abraj Al Bait Mall. Find everything you need in one place, from international brands, jewelry and Hajj souvenirs to a popular food court.

Learn more about the Swissôtel Al Maqam hotel.

Swissotel Al Maqam Lobby

Expect Swiss standards of service at the Swissôtel Al Maqam hotel

5 reasons to stay at Makkah Clock Royal Tower, a Fairmont hotel

Everyone recognises Makkah Clock Royal Tower, a Fairmont hotel: it rises 76 stories high in the Abraj Al Bait complex and is visible for miles around. Here are five things that make it the ideal Hajj or Umrah accommodation.

Rising up from the Abraj Al Bait complex, Makkah Clock Royal Tower is a beacon for pilgrims, families and businesspeople from around the world. It also offers some of the closest accommodation to the Kaaba.

1. Closest hotel to the Kaaba

This Makkah hotel is in the central clock tower, a 76-story building visible from anywhere in the holy city. It is directly in front of the Grand Mosque’s main gate, with many of its 1650 rooms overlooking the Kaaba.

2. Easy access to the Grand Mosque

With 56 elevators, Hajj and Umrah pilgrims can easily and quickly reach the Haram, as well as Abraj Al Bait Mall.

3. Superb meetings and events facilities

Makkah Clock Royal Tower has more than 3,200 sqm of function spaces, all equipped with the latest technology. Take advantage of the business center, spectacular ballroom and media room with live broadcasting capabilities.

4. Relaxation and exercise

For relaxation, exercise and spa treatments, this Fairmont hotel in Makkah offers men’s and women’s health clubs staffed by highly trained professionals.

5. Ideal for family travel

Children enjoy free or discounted meals, welcome amenities and access to a fun Kids’ Club.

Learn more about the Makkah Clock Royal Tower, a Fairmont Hotel.


Fairmont Makkah Double Bedroom with Kaaba view

Many of the Fairmont Makkah’s 1650 rooms have Haram views

Fairmont Makkah Reception

The welcoming reception area at the Fairmont Makkah hotel

5 reasons to stay at the Raffles Makkah Palace hotel

If you’re looking for a peaceful, exclusive stay in Makkah, the Raffles Makkah Palace hotel is perfect for you.

With just 214 suites in the heart of the holy city, the Raffles Makkah Palace is an exclusive haven for pilgrimages and business stays. Here are five things to love about the hotel.

1. Butler service

Raffles is known worldwide for its attention to detail. Whatever you want, ask the personal butlers. They anticipate your needs and are available 24 hours a day.

2. Near the Grand Mosque

The hotel is just a few minutes from King Abdulaziz Gate, the main entrance into Al Haram. Staying across from the mosque, guests enjoy close-up views of Islam’s holiest sites.

3. Spacious suites

This 5-star hotel in Makkah features suites and villas spread across 15 levels. Whether traveling alone or with a group or family, you enjoy spacious accommodation. Choose anything from a one-bedroom Signature Suite to the large Royal Villa.

4. Feel of a boutique hotel

With only 214 suites and villas, Raffles Makkah Palace is truly exclusive. Guests enjoy personalized attention and tranquility in the heart of the city.

5. Exceptional cuisine

Fine dining with warm hospitality… The hotel’s restaurants offer everything from Middle Eastern buffets to Mediterranean dishes. For a treat, enjoy afternoon tea and gourmet ice cream.

Learn more about the Raffles Makkah Palace hotel.

Raffles Makkah suite

The Raffles hotel offers luxurious suites with views over Makkah

Discover the Top Things to Do in Makkah

Makkah, the most sacred place in Islam, is the focal point for Islamic religious pilgrimages. Every year, the Saudi Arabian city beckons millions of Hajj and Umrah pilgrims from far and wide to several of its important religious sites that offer interesting glimpse into its formidable connection with the historical past of Islam.

Apart from its rich history and spiritual significance in the Islamic wold, Makkah also offers plenty of remarkable things to do and see for its visitors to partake in.



Kiswa creation for the Holy Kaaba at Al Kiswa Factory


5 amazing Makkah hotels – steps from Al Haram

Every pilgrim wants to stay as close as possible to Makkah’s holy sites. Luckily there are five amazing luxury Makkah hotels to pick from, just steps from the Grand Mosque. Here’s an overview of the best Umrah and Hajj accommodation you can wish for:

AccorHotels offers a collection of 5-star hotels in Makkah near the Grand Mosque. For your once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage, experience the tranquility and comforts of staying in world-class accommodation with easy access to Makkah’s holy sites and Abraj Al Bait.

Fairmont Makkah Clock Royal Tower: a stunning landmark

Located in the Abraj Al Bait complex, Makkah’s Fairmont hotel rises 76 stories just south of the Grand Mosque. Each of the 1,650 rooms and suites offers breathtaking vistas of the holy city. Some directly overlook the Kaaba – the point toward which the world’s faithful pray. The view at night, when the Grand Mosque sparkles with light, is especially inspirational.

This 5-star hotel in Makkah is just a few meters away from King Abdul Aziz Gate, as well as world-class shopping and international restaurants.

Raffles Makkah Palace: classic elegance, personal service

The name Raffles is synonymous with Old World elegance and personal service. Located directly south of the Grand Mosque, the refined Raffles Makkah Palace hotel more than lives up to the Raffles reputation. The suites delight and soothe pilgrims with inspiring mosque views, rich furnishings and personal butler service.

The hotel is well known for its local and international cuisine. The nearest entrance to the Grand Mosque is just minutes away, enhancing your spiritual experience and elevating your stay in the blessed city.

Swissôtel Al Maqam: magnificent views, generous cuisine

A refined blend of clean European design and warm Arabic décor, the high-rise Swissôtel Al Maqam hotel opened in April 2017 in Tower F of the Abraj Al Bait complex. The rooms have magnificent views over the Kaaba or city.

Islam’s holiest sites within the Grand Mosque are easily accessible via two private entrances leading to Um Al Qura Tunnel or Al Khalil Street. Enjoy attentive hospitality, generous cuisine and peaceful accommodation.

Swissôtel Makkah: modern style and service

Contemporary style, perfect bedding, Swissôtel’s signature breakfast buffet, breathtaking Kaaba or city views… guests of this luxury hotel return here again and again. As Swissôtel Makkah is located within Abraj Al Bait, the Grand Mosque is easily accessible via the Abraj Al Bait Mall or directly from Ajyad Street.

Pullman ZamZam Makkah: enjoy the latest technology

Named after the well that sustained the Prophet Ishmael (PBUH) and his mother, the Pullman ZamZam Makkah hotel offers global pilgrims tranquil and relaxing Hajj accommodation. Each room or suite has the latest technology, including online check-in, complimentary high-speed WiFi and in-room Haram audio. All guests enjoy direct access to the Grand Mosque via King Abdul Aziz Gate.

Stay close to the Grand Mosque

Whether you’re in Makkah for Hajj or Umrah, you want to be as close as possible to the city’s holiest sites. More time for contemplation and religious rituals, less time spent traveling between your hotel and Al Haram (the Grand Mosque).

Chefs preparing food in the Swissotel Makkah hotel restaurant

Renowned cuisine at the Swissôtel Al Maqam hotel


Raffles Makkah Palace suite

Many suites in the Raffles Makkah Palace hotel overlook the Haram

5 reasons to stay at Swissôtel Makkah hotel

Why is Swissôtel Makkah so popular with upscale business travelers and pilgrims? With spacious rooms and easy access to the Grand Mosque, it’s easy to understand!

This 5-star hotel in Makkah was the first Swissôtel in the Middle East. Discover why so many guests choose Swissôtel Makkah for their Umrah or Hajj accommodation.

1. Convenient location

Swissôtel Makkah is the only hotel in the city with direct Haram entrance through Ajyad Street. It takes just a few minutes to go from your room to the Grand Mosque.

2. Elegant Umrah accommodation

Each of the spacious 1487 guest rooms and suites features contemporary style and views of the Grand Mosque or Makkah skyline. Enjoy advanced technology, a refreshment center, marble bathroom and Haram audio.

3. Warm hospitality

This 5-star hotel in Makkah prides itself on its multilingual staff and efficient, friendly service. Whether this is your first and 10th pilgrimage, Swissôtel takes care of your every need.

4. Fine dining and a tea lounge

The hotel’s award-winning restaurants serve fresh, delicious meals. Al Ruwad has one of the world’s largest dining rooms, yet the service is warm and personal. For refreshments and rest, enjoy the hotel’s Al Ruwad Tea Lounge.

5. Near Abraj Al Bait Mall

The hotel is close to Abraj Al Bait Mall with its luxury stores, boutiques, supermarkets and food court.

Learn more about the Swissôtel Makkah hotel.

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Relax in comfort in a Swissôtel Makkah suite

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