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February 7, 2017

DST – Know The Difference

Hajj Moustafa and the DST staff would like to welcome you home during your stay in Mena.  Hajj Moustafa’s DST staff of over 500 people provide you with exclusive luxury and executive accommodations. These accommodations are built from scratch with 100-150 construction laborers, electricians, plumbers, painters, decorators, HVAC technicians and engineers working around the clock for up to 5 weeks. Once our guests arrive to the newly built location, around the clock staff service and attend to our guests every needs. Hajj Moustafa himself reviews and presides over the accommodations which include, top chef buffet style gourmet catering , continuous religious guidance and instruction from many religious scholars coupled with step by step assistance and logistical  support. Our group leaders and Imams are always on location and easily accessible during your time there.

Attended  Restrooms feature tiled showers and European style commodes. With staff insuring a clean and comforting environment is prevalent.

Hot and Cold beverages are in plenty and available 24/7 . With this excellent environment and guidance, a pilgrim feels very comfortable and is able to focus on the purpose of their  trip – ‘Ibadah and the remembrance of Allahu Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala 

Program 4 Mena tent

Program 4 Mena tent

Mena Open Buffet

Mena Open Buffet

DST private Mena Bathrooms

DST private Mena Bathrooms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While the premier services are invaluable, Dar El Salam has one advantage that makes it shine over all other provider of Hajj services – location!  Location can be the difference between the ability to focus on the core purpose of ‘Ibadah or be distracted from it.  Location means everything, especially during the Manasik of Hajj!

To perform Hajj, it is required of you to stay in Mena; spend the afternoon in Arafat, spend the night or part thereof in Muzdalifah.  It is required of you to go to the Jamaraat  to throw stones for 3 or 4 days consecutively.  The pilgrim asks “How do I get from point to point?”  It’s simple.  Dar El Salam Travel has exclusive camp site, located across from the Jamaraat on King Fahd Road, close to the King Fahd Tunnel.   The location makes it convenient to use the Al Mashaer Train when going to Arafat or returning from Muzdalifah as the train station is just across from the camp on the other side of the Jamaraat,  a short walking distance.  The access building to the various level of the Jamaraat is 5 minutes from the camp, located less than 100 yards from the camp.  Getting in and out of Mena is a short distance – 1.25 miles through the King Fahd Tunnel which is 2 minutes travel by bus or a 15 minute walk if the roads are closed due to the crowd.

Jamarat Entrance as seen from DST camp

Jamarat Entrance as seen from DST camp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The location in Arafat as well as in Muzdalifa is similarly close to the respective train stations, merely minutes walking distance from the camp site.  The facilities in Arafat is excellent and comparable to Mena.  Even in Muzdalifah, Dar El Salam was able to provide a private area exclusively for its pilgrims, with clean carpets throughout the area, hot meals and hot/cold drinks for all its pilgrims. Even the washrooms inside this area was cleaned by Dar El Salam before any of its pilgrims arrived.  This allowed the pilgrims to pray in congregation as they arrived, have a good meal and rest as well as concentrate in their duas and remembrance of Allahu Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala. 

Mena Hall Way

Mena Hall Way

Arafat Tent

Arafat Tent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Given the Hajj is now in the summer months where the daytime temperature is above 110 degrees Fahrenheit, Dar El Salam’s accommodations in Mena and Arafat are fully air conditioned.

Most other travel agencies use the North American camp in Mena.  Where is this camp located?  On the furthest side of Mena, far away from the Jamaraat.  Let’s just say that you have to walk for 45-50 minutes, each way, coming to the Jamaraat and going back to the camp in over 110 degrees Fahrenheit on each of the 4 days in Mena.  Why walk back and forth to the Jamaraat?  Because all the traffic is shut down in the valley on the day of Eid until the end of Hajj.  As for the services in the camp:  all washrooms are common washrooms; all meals are boxed meals; the tents are congested and there is no guarantee that the sleeping furnishings are ‘brand new’.   As for transportation, they use common air conditioned buses as provided by the Mutawwif and the pilgrim does not only have to wait for his/her turn to ride the bus, but once in the bus, they are stuck in traffic for hours, especially when returning from Arafat and Muzdalifah.

Dar El Salam’s goal is to provide clean, comfortable accommodations with hygienic open buffet meals, all located conveniently near the places where rites and rituals of the Manasik of Hajj are to be performed.  The excellent and exclusive facilities are further supplemented with Dar El Salam’s renowned hospitality and services be they religious or logistical guidance and instructions or to stand by the pilgrim in any emergency!

Hajj is a sacred journey, performed once in a lifetime.  Make sure you do it right!  Make sure you travel with Dar El Salam Travel, the MOST trusted Hajj and Umrah company serving the North American pilgrims for over 30 years (since 1985).  It is also the MOST experienced company in providing Hajj and Umrah services.

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