City Guide, Jeddah
Jeddah is the second largest city after Riyadh; it is the main port of the Kingdom
on the Red Sea and main gate through which most of the pilgrims arrive by air and
sea to perform Umrah, Haj or to visit the two holy mosques. Jeddah is an industrial
and active commercial center, with modern features, squares and courtyards. It is
an important tourism center, with an eighty kilometer long beautiful corniche on
the Red Sea coast. Jeddah also comprises the King Abdul Aziz University, King Abdul
Aziz International Airport and Jeddah Islamic Port.
The museums at Jeddah with the collection of ancient materials and photos also
attract tourists in large numbers. The Municipality Museum is one of the Jeddah
Museums and is the only building of the period of British Legation in Jeddah. The
traditional design, ancient materials and the interesting historical photos of the
emergence of Jehhad displayed at the museum are loved by the tourists. The other
important museums are Abdul Raouf Khalil's Museum, Castle of Cultural Arts Museum
and Islamic Fiqh Academy. Jeddah also boasts a wide range of options for recreational
activities which includes the amusement parks.
Culture and entertainment
Jeddah has many big and good sculptures. While in Jeddah, do enjoy seeing them
all. There are something like a thousand sculptures. Some especially worth seeing
are the Sadaf Square and the victorious horse square. Sunset at the Jeddah Corniche
is never the same. At the Beach, one can camp, or snorkel in the coral reefs. For
divers, there are the wrecks too. For the children there are pony and camel rides.
The Durrat Al Rous is a massive modern tourist village known for many things
especially fishing, diving and swimming in the Red Sea. It has golden sand beaches
and speedboats, jet ski, wind surfing and refreshments. There are also special children's
playgrounds with life attendants. The Jeddah Fountain is said to be the tallest
in the world, with a height of 261 meters, and is visible for miles around on a
Food and drink
Due to the cosmopolitan character of the city, people will find a variety of
national cuisines in Jeddah. One would find restaurants that offer cuisines of different
countries. Some of them offer Korean, Chinese, Indonesian, Lebanese, Indian, Pakistani,
Turkish, Egyptian and Moroccan dishes.
Jeddah is bursting at the seams with the newest craze in the whole shopping experience: "destination
malls." Saudi Arabia is a shopper's paradise. The real bargains to be had are
at the old souks, and shopping there is a fascinating cultural experience. But on
the other side of the cultural coin are the most modern and upscale shopping malls
one can imagine. Almost all of these unbelievable malls have a full-scale amusement
/ entertainment park, fountains and other water features, and separate men's and
women's facilities for prayer conveniently located right inside. Several of the
malls offer ice skating.