so finally, on August 12th, we left Malaysia for Jeddah - on a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight.
kitorg pegi under UTAS travel & tours. okla kot..my mom took this travel agent because they're able to get us hotels which are near to Masjid Nabawi in Madinah and also in Masjidil Haram in Mekah. unlike Tabung Haji, mmg service they provide sgt2 bagus (in fact sesiapa yg baru 1st time nak pegi Umrah, i mmg highly recommend pegi under Tabung Haji Travels because they look out for you very well) - but the minus point is that dorg tak sediakan hotel yg dekat dgn masjid. takla jauh sgt actually, utk org muda2 bole je jalan..my mom lak mmg nak hotel yg less than 100 metres drp pintu masuk masjid tu because of her knee Osteoarthritis - tak larat dia nak jalan jauh2 kan. kali ni, jemaah yg pegi Umrah under UTAS travel ada 23 org in total, tak ramai sgt.
ni view i amik drp dlm plane otw to Jeddah. nampak desert terbentang luas kat bawah tu.
sampai2 je kat airport Jeddah, it was almost dusk. tgh2 beratur kat immigration tu, azan maghrib berkumandang plak. pak2 arab customs tu plak awal2 lagi dah cabut pegi berbuka. penyudahnye kitorg sume terus duduk atas lantai kat depan immigration tu, and broke our fast with some food that we managed to tapau from the flight.
as soon as we were done with immigration + stuff (which took us almost an hour!) - we wheeled our trolleys out to where our bus had been waiting to take us to Madinah on that same night. usually, sesiapa yg pegi Umrah/Haji ni, mmg akan mendarat kat Jeddah. and from there, sama ada they take a bus or a flight to Madinah pulak. kalau naik bus mcm we all, it took about 6 hours in total. mmg sgt penat..dgn lenguh kaki dlm 8-hour flight tu pun tak lega lagi, ni kene naik bus pulak kan.
on day 3 in Madinah, we went on a visit organised by UTAS - tempat2 yg dilawati termasukla tanah perkuburan Baqi', Masjid Quba', pasar kurma, bukit Uhud & sepatutnye kitorg pegi melawat kilang al-Quran jugak, tp kilang tu belum bukak lagi masa ktrg smpai.