Journey to Mecca tells the story of Ibn Battuta (played by Chems Eddine Zinoun), a young scholar who leaves Tangier, Morocco in 1325 on an epic and perilous journey, traveling, often alone, some 3,000 miles to the east, to Mecca (Makkah), located in modern day Saudi Arabia.Ibn Battuta is besieged by countless obstacles as he makes his way across the North African desert and the Middle East. Along the route he meets an unlikely stranger, the Highwayman (played by Hassam Ghancy) who becomes his paid protector and eventual friend. During his travels he is attacked by bandits, rescued by Bedouins, and forced to retrace his route by a war-locked Red Sea.Ibn Battuta finally joins the legendary Damascus pilgrimage Caravan with thousands of pilgrims bound for Mecca for the final leg of what would become an 18 month long journey to Mecca. When he arrives in Islam’s most holy sanctuary, he is a man transformed. We then experience the Hajj as he did over 700 years ago, and, in recognition of the Hajj’s timelessness, we dissolve to the Hajj as it is still performed today, by millions of pilgrims, in some of the most extraordinary and moving IMAX® footage ever presented on screen. Ibn Battuta would not return home for almost 30 years, travelling to over 40 countries and revisiting Mecca five more times to perform the Hajj. He would travel three times farther then Marco Polo. Ibn Battuta’s legacy is one of the greatest travel journals ever recorded. A crater on the moon is named in his honour.