BismIllah wa as salaamu alaykum wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatuh.
We are a family of six who, by the Blessing and Mercy of Allah, moved to Madinah Munawwarah on October 19th, 2009. Here we are, 5 months later, finding our feet and just starting to get around a bit.
We struggled to find information on life here prior to coming. In fact, it was through a few blogs and some friends that we managed to get what limited information we had when we arrived. No question, it would have been a huge help and preparation if we had known more before coming. So, here it is...the blog on living in Madinah to assist anyone who is trying to find out more specific details. We had to find an apartment, we had to buy a vehicle, we had to seek out healthy foods, clothes, household items, etc. This has put us in a position to inform others of the reality of this blessed place.
If you have questions, please don't hesistate to ask and we will do our best to answer. I will say that we are not immigration specialists. We went through a messy procedure to get our visas and had to sweat and struggle at Jeddah airport to enter the country and transfer flights to get to Madinah. We do not know all the ins and outs of visit visas or how different companies do things, etc. However, if you want to know about housing, cost of living, what to expect, and other things pertaining to moving and living here, then ask away.