June 01, 2017 Abu Muneer Ismail Davids
Tags: food

There are various kinds of food available in Makkah and Madinah. You will find food and fruit from just about every country you can think of. Some of the more common ones are: Indonesian, Pakistani, and Turkish.

There are also many “brand name” foods to enjoy: Pizza-Hut, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Burger King, Hardees, etc. That's if you are not boycotting certain products.

Cappuccinos, doughnuts, cream cakes, burgers and chips (French fries) are all readily available. Hungry yet? We guess the diet will have to wait a little bit longer!

If your package has an option to include food, we advise you take it if it does not cost too much extra. In most packages the food cost is minimal. You can always buy your favourite burger when you get tired of the hotel food.

If you plan to do your own cooking, don't forget to check whether your accommodation provides cooking facilities. We hope you like chicken as you will have plenty of it during your trip. Remember this point! You can also eat at the restaurants located in certain hotels. These are relatively more expensive.

There are many small shops that also sell groceries including essential toiletries and household items, such as detergents and toilet paper. Each shop has different stock. In some cases you can buy milk, cereals, tin foods, fruit, vegetables, cheese etc., from one small shop.


Diet and Diabetic food         

Diet drinks are available in most shops. They are sometimes called Pepsi/Coke light and not “diet”. In the bigger supermarkets, such as Bin Dawood in the Makkah Towers (Hilton) building, you will find a small variety of diet and diabetic food items.  Artificial sweeteners are also available in most shops. There are many juice shops selling freshly squeezed juice.

Before you get into the habit of having a fresh mango or strawberry juice every morning, a word of caution. These juices are made with fresh fruit, but they add at least one cup of sugar as well as a small tin of condensed milk. This is to make it sweeter. The only true fresh juice is the orange juice. Do not be disappointed, the supermarkets do stock 100% real fruit juices.

Take a break from the diet and enjoy the trip.

Diabetic pilgrims should take special care as most things, including most bread, contain sugar.


Food during the Hajj days

Not all packages provide food over the days of Hajj. Check with your agent, as it may cost extra. The most common food provided is meat and rice and meat and rice. Normally there is no food provided in Muzdalifah.

If you can, try water, date and fruit diet for the Hajj days. This will reduce your need to visit the toilets.