Bayan Perazzo writes about visiting the holy city of Medina:
Despite the fact that religious tolerance is espoused in both the Quran and the Hadith, Saudi Arabians let their personal sectarian ideologies get in the way. Rather than welcoming pilgrims and worshippers into their cities and holy sites, Saudis turn to the pretension and derision made prominent by religious publications, school materials, and the speeches of famous Saudi clerics.
Unlike the holy city of Mecca, where men and woman circle the Kaaba and pray side by side, the mosques in Medina (like many others elsewhere) are segregated by gender. If there is an area allocated for the women to pray in, it’s typically a small, crowded, sub-standard option when compared to the open expanses of the men’s area. In Medina’s Quba mosque, for example, women push and shove to get inside their tiny allocation and must pray in tightly packed clusters.