Jeddah is a popular and historically rich city, with a variety of interesting activities, culture-filled festivals and events, and commercial centers, making the perfect balance between old and current lifestyles. The population of Jeddah is approximately 4.1 million, therefore it is the second-largest city after Riyadh, it is also known as the bride of the red sea because of its location along the eastern coast of the Red Sea. It serves as the main gate for the pilgrims to perform Umrah and Haj.
Jeddah is the commercial center of Saudi Arabia and the main port that lies close to the Suez Canal which makes it the popular stop-off for ships. Jeddah also collects the financial imports from Saudi Arabia cities, especially Mecca and Medina which makes it a financial hub along with having the most significant business centers in the country. It is also known as the arty city which has the best art galleries, such as Hafiz Gallery, Athar Gallery, and Rochan Gallery.
The weather in summer can be extremely hot while the temperature in winter is warm, rain usually falls in December, so we advise you that the winter season which is from November to March is considered the best time to visit Jeddah.
Jeddah does not have any public transport, so you have two options, renting a car or taking an Uber or Careem rides and both accept cash.
The main airport of Jeddah is King Abdulaziz International Airport (IATA: JED, ICAO: OEJN), It is the most important airport that is the gateway for hajj and umrah to the Holy Mosque in Makkah, It’s 510,000 square meters in size and can accommodate 80,000 passengers.
The city of movement that never sleeps, it offers a variety of places you must see in Jeddah and explore from the richness of its past and the historical and archeological landmarks to the modern-lively city and its beaches, parks, and art galleries.
We present to you places to visit in Jeddah, such as, in modern Jeddah we have:
Jeddah Corniche, located along the coast of the Red Sea, makes you catch the charming view and the beauty of the beach, the sunset, and sunrise along with the sound of the running waves.
King Fahd's Fountain, also known as Jeddah Fountain which considered as the tallest fountain in the world with a height of 853 feet above the sea.
Floating Mosque commonly called Al-Rahma Mosque and White Mosque, surrounded by the sea. It is one of the must-sees in Jeddah especially during the ebb and flows as you will feel it looks like it is floating. The mosque is a mix of modern and old architecture and Islamic art.
Fakieh Aquarium is a wonderful place that makes you experience the underwater environment of the Red Sea as it represents home to over 200 species of sea animals.
In the old Jeddah we have:
Al-Balad is one of the oldest areas in Jeddah, so you will be fond of the old buildings from the inside and outside that it houses several museums, neighborhoods, and historic mosques, such as Uthman ibn Affanz, Souk Al-Jamaa, and Al-Mazloum neighborhood.
Abdul Raouf Khalil Museum, Located in the downtown district, is a home of a large collection of artifacts belonging to the Ottoman Turks.
Khuzam Palace Museum, Located in southern Jeddah, was converted into a museum in 1995 that consists of 6 exhibits artifacts from pre-Islamic cultures along with some pieces from the stone age.
Jeddah has a variety of unique and exceptional malls that you will be fond of, many of them made in historical buildings and others are designed in traditional colors and architecture.
They are aligned with all types of people, you can live the experience in Red Sea Mall, Aziz Mall, or Boulevard and enjoy roaming in the stores and discover the brands and great sales. However, if you want to spend time with your family you can try Stars Avenue Mall or Al-Balad Shopping Area. Other malls offer plenty of fun for children, you will be able to play and enjoy your time with your children in the playgrounds or playrooms like Mall of Arabia or Serafi Mega Mall.
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Whether you are looking for a luxurious stay or a beach life with all the superb facilities, you will find Park Hyatt Jeddah - Marina, Club and Spa with an infinity pool overlooking the Red Sea, and you will easily reach Jeddah Corniche and King Fahad Fountain. You can also stay in Rosewood Jeddah that features a panoramic Red Sea views and a rooftop swimming pool and be near Fakieh Aquarium and Al Shallal Theme Park.
However, if you want a mid-stay hotel and to be closer to the center of Jeddah, you can stay in Centro Shaheen Jeddah by Rotana and be nearby Haifa Mall, Crystal Hall, and Souq Al Alawi. Also, have a stay in Ascott Tahlia Jeddah and easily catch Athr Gallery, Coral Mall and, N2 Mall.
If you are on a tight budget and want to enjoy your trip, try Dar Al Wedad Hotel that is 1.7 km only from Mall of Arabia and 4 km from Rawaea Almaktabat Park. Additionally, you can stay in Al Eairy Furnished Apartments- Jeddah 2 and be close to Al Andalus Mall and Jeddah Mall.
But if this is your first time to visit Jeddah and want to experience the city at its best, we would like to recommend you the top picks hotels in Jeddah, such as The Hotel Galleria By Elaf, Mira Waterfront Hotel Jeddah and Boudl Al Tahlia.