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Jeddah is one of Saudi Arabia’s most significant cities – it’s also the second largest by size after the capital city of Riyadh. It’s also home to the Jeddah Islamic Port which is a prominent stop along many shipping routes. Many people also travel through Jeddah every day, and many who come are on their way to the holy city of Mecca. Mecca is located just 40 miles east of Jeddah, making it an easy place to fly into before continuing on the journey.
Jeddah is a prominent resort city and provides a perfect destination for those who want an immersive experience in the culture of the region and enjoying all of it’s luxuries as well.
Jeddah is also considered the most liberal city in Saudi Arabia.
The city is full of history and culture, and is historically and culturally significant itself. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014.
Jeddah is a hot desert city that retains its heat throughout the year including during the winter months. There is usually very little rain and the occasional dust storm.
The best time to visit Jeddah is during the fall and winter months, more specifically between late October and the end of March. The weather during this time is more moderate and easy to manage, whereas the heat in the summer months borders on extreme.
Visit Old Jeddah, or Al-Balad. This historic part of the city unfortunately does not have many of the original buildings, but some were preserved thanks to the Jeddah Historical Preservation Society. You can learn about the history and the early architectural styles of the region when you visit.
If you want to learn more about the architectural heritage of Jeddah, you can’t miss the 19th century homes made from coral and limestone. These structures are intricate and beautiful, and provide an unparalleled photography opportunity
For an adrenaline boost, head to one of Jeddah’s many theme parks. These are family-friendly excursions with rides, boating, skating, arcade games, and more! For a more relaxing alternative, head to the beach. You’ll likely have to pay a fee to use the beach, but that fee goes towards maintenance and the beaches are very clean and safe. The beaches can get crowded on the weekends, but if you’re in Jeddah on vacation during the week, you have the opportunity to experience the beauty of the sparkling sand and turquoise water without too many others around.
When you’re in Jeddah, you’ll have plenty of options when it comes to your meals. The city is famous for its seafood dishes due to its proximity to the sea. There are several other traditional dishes if you’re not a fan of seafood. Matazeez is a lamb and vegetable dish, and Madfoon is another meat and vegetable dish that is cooked in an underground oven.
Jeddah is served by King Abdulaziz International Airport which consists of four terminals including the Hajj Terminal which was specifically built for Muslim pilgrims on their way to Mecca.