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Mecca
Mecca Flag

مكة المكرمة
Makkah al-Mukarramah

Makkah
The Holy City of Mecca
Nickname(s): 
Coordinates: 21°25′0″N 39°49′0″E / 21.41667°N 39.81667°E / 21.41667; 39.81667Coordinates: 21°25′0″N 39°49′0″E / 21.41667°N 39.81667°E / 21.41667; 39.81667
CountryFlag of Saudi Arabia.svg Saudi Arabia
ProvinceMakkah Province
Founded byProphet Ismā'īl
(Islamic Tradition)
Government
 • MayorOsama al-Bar
 • Provincial GovernorKhalid al-Faisal
Area
 • City760 km2 (290 sq mi)
 • Urban
850 km2 (330 sq mi)
 • Metro
1,200 km2 (500 sq mi)
Elevation
277 m (909 ft)
Population
 (2012)
 • City2,000,000
 • Density4,200/km2 (2,625/sq mi)
 • Urban
2,353,912
 • Metro
2,900,000
 Mecca Municipality estimate
Time zoneUTC+3 (AST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (AST)
Postal Code
(5 digits)
Websitewww.holymakkah.gov.sa
A view of Makkah during the Hajj, with Mt. Arafat in the distance.

Mecca or Makkah (called Mecca in older texts, officially: Makkah al-Mukarramah; Arabic: مكة المكرمة) is a city in Saudi Arabia. As of the 2004 census, 1,294,169 people lived there. The city is 73 kilometres (45 mi) inland from Jeddah, in the narrow sandy Valley of Abraham. It is 277 metres (909 ft) above sea level. It is 81 kilometres (50 mi) from the Red Sea.  view more...


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