Jiddah Travel Guide

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Jiddah Things to Do

  • Old City

    Officially called Masjid al-Shafe'i, this mosque is also known as el-Jame'i al-Ateeq (i.e., the Ancient Mosque). It is Jeddah's oldest mosque and was traditionally the grand mosque, before the city expanded beyond the Mediaeval walls. The exact founding date is unknown, but is generally believed to be in the 7th century AD when Jeddah was...

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  • Corniche

    One of the most beautiful parts of Jeddah, the Northern Corniche meanders its way along the scenic Red Sea shore. It is exceptionally beautiful all day and evening, but especially at sunset as the sun sinks below the Red Sea on the horizon. During the day, many people fish along the Corniche, and in the evening, families take advantage by camping...

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  • Durat Al Arous

    Last year my friend visited this resort and had the time of his life. His recommendition to me before I went there is to arrange for someone to guide me. The number he gave me was 0591544569. This person was very nice and had helped me with the best price on an apartment in which the family and I stayed for two weeks. He also help provide numbers...

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Jiddah Restaurants

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  • Al Baik

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Albaik the best chicken and sea food quick service restaurant in the world.... Guys check it out i was searching around for their website and i actually found the original website for ALBAIk not the eqyptian one ... click on to find out more about them ... www.albaik.com Miss it soo much .... Albaik normal chicken Albaik nuggets and the shrimps...

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  • Chili`s

    5 out of 5 stars

    I almost felt like I was in a different country when I ate at Chili's. I just loved it so much, I would beg all my friends to go there all the time! They play Western music too!! 1) Southwestern Eggrolls (starter) 2) Fajita Quesadillas (Entree)

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  • Apple Bee`s

    4 out of 5 stars

    You won't run out of menu, there's something for everyone. From fine dining to fastfood, from exotic asian cuisine to spicy indian curry dishes, from american steakhouses to european fare, burger & fries to shawarma & kebab, local and international.... you'll find everything in here! Along Andalus street on the way to AlHamra district, almost...

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Jiddah Nightlife

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  • Wedding Receptions&Private Parties

    This is Jeddah`s most elite wedding hall,if you had the chance to be invited to attend a wedding reception there do not hesitate. Wedding reception is almost the only way to dance the night away on live music in Jeddah,take notice in this country weddings are for women only to attend :-( But still it is a chance to meet people and enjoy the live...

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  • Cinamas/Theatres

    There are many theatres inside most of the embassies in Jeddah for foreigners,but for Saudies this is the first,to tell you the truth I was more excited than my kids. There are 3 shows,one at 5p.m.9p.m and 11p.m. We watched Disney`s animated movie"Finding Nemo".it was in it`s origional language(English)with Arabic subtitles. The seats were...

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  • Billiard,Bowling&pool clubs

    If you will take the definition of nightlife the way it is in the western world or other open countries, nightlife in the Kingdom is vitually non-existent. Although, there are stuff that could be enjoyed particularly in the evenings, say, dining out, amusement parks and centers which are mostly for families, walking along the cornische, private...

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Jiddah Transportation

  • Taxis

    they come in all shapes and sizes those white jeddawi taxis. drivers come mainly from south asia though saudis start to take on this job. taxis are cheap compared to london, of course! there's no counter, so you can always negotiate and make a deal. the longest journey should cost you SR70 and that's 3-hour of getting dizzy around jeddah! you can...

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  • Public Buses

    Convenient, mostly new with airconditioning, the big buses are operated by SAPTCO (Saudi Arabian Public Transport Company), they have several routes around the city ending up in downtown Ballad. They also have a vast network of intercity and destinations out of Jeddah to most cities in the Kingdom as well as International routes. Their main bus...

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  • Car Rentals

    As I have described earlier it is extremely cheap and convenient to rent a car in Jeddah keeping in mind you have proper documentation available with you. Gasoline in Saudi Arabia is less than a dollar a gallon. There is also ample parking through out the city and to top it off most of it is free. You must have a valid International License as well...

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Jiddah Shopping

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  • Shopping Malls

    Probably one of the biggest mall in Saudi Arabia, the Mall of Arabia boast an area of more than 260,000 sqm., housing on 3 floors, several famous brands like Mango, Promod, Desigual, Zara, Bershka, H&M, GAP, Next, Banana Rep., electronics shops, home furnishings, supermarket and department stores. There are also restaurant and cafe and everything...

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  • Old Souks(Gabil,Nada,Bab Makkah ect.)

    AL-Basha Market It was located in the eastern port of Jeddah, the most famous shop owner in this market represented the oldest and widly experienced traders of Jeddah, with their commercial relations with villagers and nomads. They sold textiles and various spices, plus sugar, tea corn, rice, lentils, also Bedouins sell things they made such Hebal...

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  • Commercial centers

    From class A to Z...... Downtown Ballad it is! Bargain for Electronics, shoes, clothings & accessories, grocers, personal effects and of course the gold souk! If you have the time, don't miss checking the old Souk Al-Alawi. Located also in the downtown beside the famous gold souk, at the back. Everybody goes to Ballad, shopping, window shopping...

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Jiddah Local Customs

  • Housing Architect.

    Perhaps nothing is a better illustration of the connections between Jeddah and Yemen (and the lack of historical ones between Jeddah and Nejd) than the city's architecture. There are many buildings that are several stories high in the traditional areas of Jeddah, mirroring the same construction technology that allowed for the mud skyscrapers of...

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  • Holy Month of Ramadan

    ... you are either an invited guest in the Kingdom or by circumstance due to lack of opportunities, means, you were not forced directly by the host country to come here, therefore, you are subject to the prevailing laws. You should be aware of the laws and be subject to it, and be sensitive to the Kingdom's local customs & traditions. ... to be...

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  • Mosques/Masjid

    Jeddah one of the famous cities in which the magnificence of the deep rooted past combines with the originality of the present with all its modernity. This allowed Jeddah to preserve its distinguished characteristic as a modern city at par with its equivalent international cities.

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Jiddah Warnings and Dangers

  • Appropriate Clothing

    When in Saudi Arabia you should respect theyr culture and dresscodes. They appriciate it and it?s just plain polite when you go somewhere else to respect the rules there. Women have to cover up in an Abaya, it?s a black gown worn over clothes. Take a scarf to cover your hair aswell since it?s what they like you to do. In Jeddah they sometimes do...

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  • Weather

    We get a sand storm mainly twice a year,when the cool season ends(it`s not really winter)and once again when the summer ends. Here is a picture I got in my e.mail of a sand storm that happend in Jiddah in April 2005. looks scary! it lasted 15 minutes and it was washed away with rain drops,,,then the real heat began!!!

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  • Traffic & Roads

    watch out for the traffic jam during the holy month of Ramadan. it's just beyond your imagination. all those who never leave their home get to leave it in ramadan! as the working day is shorter, starts late and finishes early, so all people leave almost at the same time, so you end up with a massive traffic jam. instead of spending a 15-minute...

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Jiddah Tourist Traps

  • Buildings and Architecture

    What makes Jeddah special is the old city, where History engage with current life. Most tourists will enjoy walking around the old town and its narrow blocks. Watching people from all over walking with their traditional cloths (Specially from Africa and Asia). Shopping for antics and inexpensive products made by locals or imported from...

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  • Driving in Jiddah

    Never drive in Jeddeh with your own car! especially if going for the first time. Personally as I driver, i will never recommend it! No fixed charges for Taxi , each will take you to the same place for a different charge. For me, i used to ask people at the hotel reception how much it will cost to go from here to specific place and they tell me...

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  • NO TOURIST STUFF

    OK. This is what you will not get here:* Postcards* Fridge Magnets* Key chains* T-shirts that say 'My friend went to the Islamic Holy Lands and all I got was this T-shirt'* Alcohol* Spoons, iron on badges, calendars, small idols (or any idols),snow globesYou get the idea. They have oil and religion. They don't need to sell tourist kitsch. Shame....

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Jiddah What to Pack

  • Clothes/Shoes

    Have as many peices as u like, just make sure to keep them light weighted,,, I discovered that the people who deal with luggage in the saudi airport are so inathletic and fragile... and would treat a heavey suit case roughly which might get ur good piece ruined ... ( what a tip ha ?) If it's ur first time to Saudi.... just keep the lower part long...

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  • Weather Gear

    If you are planning on stopping in Jiddah then moving to Makkah for Hajj or Umra,,you might need an umbrella,not for the rain,,but to protect you from sun stroke!! Plus we have many shops that sells umbrellas. Here is a picture of Jiddah from the 13th floor,most houses are coloured with light colours to prevent the heat.

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  • Mafee mushkillaa " no prob"

    Have as many peices as u like, just make sure to keep them light weighted,,, I discovered that the people who deal with luggage in the saudi airport are so inathletic and fragile... and would treat a heavey suit case roughly which might get ur good piece ruined ... ( what a tip ha ?) If it's ur first time to Saudi.... just keep the lower part long...

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Jiddah Off The Beaten Path

  • City Scenes/Streets/sqaures

    you have probably heard of the city scene, gay scene, or film scene. but have you ever watch a car accident scene? then welcome to jeddah. if there is a terrible car accident across the street, people would pull off, park aside, and then watch! i mean it. it's very common and people love it unfortunately instead of helping out. i once saw this a...

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  • DownTown Jiddah

    At first I thought that this mosque was the famous Shafi Mosque, but have since learned that it isn't (unfortunately). It had an interesting square minaret, and for that I decided to add it to my list of sights.

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  • Jiddah Corniche

    well, jeddah might not have green scenery or natural beauty to relax in. but definitely the sea continues to lock me in its dark mysterious secret, when i look twice! i honestly dislike the rocky beaches of jeddah, black and blocking the horizon. but some areas like Durat al Aroos or Obhor beaches as you go further north, the reflection of the...

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Jiddah Sports & Outdoors

  • Health&Fitness Clubs

    A small health club for ladies only,provides aerobics classes by proffestional trainers,from France,Morocco,Algiria and Ukrain. Has sauna and steam rooms,and massage therapy. a small cafe and an out door trrace. This Gym is now closed* This gym is now closed!*

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  • Water activities

    Up and down the corniche you can see jet skiers savouring the chance to get a suntan and stay cool at the same time. If you are out on a boat, jet skiers will surf the boat wake and try and get in all your photos! Jet Ski Rentals can be found at any of the city marinas.

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  • Swimming/fishing

    Arabian Camp in Jeddah offers non-divers a trip to the Farasan Islands and the annual Parrot Fish Festival April 2007. An ancient fishing village, souk and beautiful pristine waters for diving, swimming and fishing, oh and snorkling in the Arabian Red Sea. I love it because they take care of everything. Camping tents, transport, mats, dive...

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  • Buildings/ Projects

    Health sector in Saudi Arabia received extreme importance by the state and witnessed tremendous development. Jeddah had its share of development in health services where there are over 194 government and private hospitals and dispensaries with a total number of 6229 beds.

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  • AirPort / SV Airlines

    King Abdulaziz International Airport The gateway of Jeddah City The airport is at a distance of about 19 kilometers north of Jeddah. Its total surface area is 105 square kilometer. The airport was inaugurated in the year 1401 H - 1981 AD. It has two terminals, one for domestic and one for international flights, the Southern Terminal is exclusively...

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  • Jiddah Sea Port.

    Given its operational capacity, Jeddah Islamic Seaport is one of the largest seaports worldwide. With its modern equipments, facilities and the introduction of a number of measures, this contributed to streamlining and organizing the work procedures under clear cut principles. Jeddah Seaport is now rated among the larges seaports in the world. The...

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