Alhamdulillah, finally I arrived at the holy city of Mecca. The feeling is beyond words as I have dream of coming here for years. We arrived from Jeddah at around 9 pm by bus but could not check into the hotel as people were pouring out of the mosque (Kaabah) after prayer. Waited for around an hour and finally walked into the hotel which was not that far anyway.
We took our dinner and went up to freshen up before performing the first umroh at 11 pm and finished by 2 am. We stayed up for subuh prayer and then went back to hotel to rest.
The weather was not so hot as expected but a bit windy at times where dust appear since lots of construction is going on around the mosque. Luckily the taller buildings shielded us. The hotel was not luxurious or big at all but cozy enough for our family of four. The bathroom was quite large probably to accommodate hand washing as well. The most important point is the location is only 300 m from the mosque, beside a yummy ice cream shop and around lots of small shops, laundry and eateries.
A well-known Bin Dawood is nearby where you can get all around the world food there. As well as other things. Inside Hilton towers there are KFC, Baskin Robins, more shops. Basically there is nothing u can miss from home, there are all there. The shop keepers do not speak much English, but they do speak my language - Malay and Indonesia to my amazement. There is no need for me to learn arabic at all.
I did not have a lot of chance touring the shops and sample most of the street food as my days were quite full of prayer and umroh. The rest of the time, relaxing or washing in the hotel room since I have my children with me. Next time, I would do more of those.
I will definitely come back for my pilgrimage and wish to stay longer in Mecca. During the final day I was said to leave Mecca for Medina but pray that I ll be back there soon.