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Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : LOW
Mecca is a holy safe city. The only concerns tourists should worry about are pickpockets and crowds.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH
As a frequently visited tourist destination with more than 15 million visits yearly, it is not surprising that pick-pocketing is common in Saudi Arabia. Particularly pickpocketing has its peak during pilgrimage. There’s been an increase in the number cases of pick pocketing in the area of grand Mosque and in Medina. Excessive vigilance in all public place is recommended.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
Mecca is a place where an occurrence of kidnapping and mugging is low.
SCAMS RISK : LOW
There are almost no scams known in its territory, except of the card frauds. We advise to check your bank statement regularly.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
- Accidents while travelling on the road occur frequently. There is a threat while off-road driving. Ensure cars are well equipped and you carry enough water.
- Outside of the main cities, the roadways vary from very good to poor condition. Many are not properly illuminated during hours of darkness.
- Driving can be dangerous. Drivers displaying varying degrees of skill, aggressiveness, and attentiveness often maneuver erratically and at high speed, demonstrating little road discipline or courtesy
- During the pilgrimage be ready to the overcrowded public transport, traffic jams.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
Saudi Arabia experiences extremely high temperatures, which can exceed 50C. Sandstorms occur on a regular basis. Sometimes, severe thunderstorms may occur. Information on natural disasters can be obtained from the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System.
TERRORISM RISK : HIGH
The likelihood of carrying out the attacks is high, especially in Mecca, as a center of Muslims. The main threat is form Daesh, that were formerly referred to ISIL. Qatif in the Eastern Province encountered 10 attacks since May 2017. We advise to be vigilant all the time.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Overall, female travellers risk in Saudi Arabia seems to be on par with main European countries, Australia, Canada or USA. SafeAround recommends taking normal safety precautious and trying to avoid visiting remote neighbourhoods late at night.