Jeddah Travel Essentials


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"Mermaid of the Red Sea"

Jeddah Tourism

Jeddah is the second largest city in Saudi Arabia and a major commercial centre. It is most famous as the gateway to Mecca and Medina, the holiest cities in Islam. Located close to the Red Sea, Jeddah is a resort city and is visited for its shopping malls, restaurants and cafes.

Jeddah is spread along the coast of the Red Sea and is connected by the 30km long Corniche (waterfront area). Al-Balad, or the old city, is located on the southern side, while the main and the modern city starts from the northern side. Al-Balad is one of the top sights in Jeddah and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is dotted with ancient buildings, traditional souks (markets) and the coral houses that Jeddah is famous for. The beautiful waterfront is a great picnic spot offering a breathtaking view of the Red Sea. Also, because of its location, Jeddah is a great place for scuba diving.

The modern or the main Jeddah city is home to marvellous attractions like the King Fahd Fountain, the tallest fountain in the world and the Al Rahma Mosque, which appears to be floating in the red sea. There are also numerous malls, museums and over 1300 mosques scattered throughout.

Must Know Before You Travel to Jeddah

  • Transportation: The most convenient transport in Jeddah is taxis called limousines, which cost around SR10-30. Yellow taxis are also available but are very rare and not air-conditioned. Uber and Careem apps are available
  • Most restaurants have a separate section for families and single men
  • All businesses in Jeddah close for prayer at noon and sunset
  • Eating: Do not eat in public places during Ramadan as most people fast from sunrise to sunset
  • Dress Code: Both men and women should wear loose-fitting clothes, covering the ankles and the knees. Dress modestly, even at beaches
  • Photography: Ask people before clicking their photographs, especially females
  • Nightlife: Jeddah has no nightlife. However, some coffee shops and restaurants remain open till midnight

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Market street in old Jeddah with al-Mimar Mosque in the background
Jeddah Corniche
A Mosque Located in the centre of Balad Area of Jeddah

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What is the best time to visit Jeddah?

Wintertime is the best time to visit Jeddah as well as the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Beginning from October and through to March - the temperatures stay under 30 degree celsius - which is what is considered cool weather in Saudi Arabia!
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What are the places near Jeddah?

The top places near to Jeddah are Riyadh which is 845 km from Jeddah, London which is located 4751 km from Jeddah, Dubai which is located 1692 km from Jeddah, Amsterdam which is located 4514 km from Jeddah, New york city which is located 10258 km from Jeddah

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