Jeddah is the second-largest city in Saudi Arabia after the capital city, Riyadh, and represents the economic and tourism capital of the country. It is located in the region of the coast of the Red Sea and is considered as the major urban city of western Saudi Arabia. Jeddah was named a Gamma world city by the Globalization and World Cities Study Group and Network (GaWC).
Jeddah is known for its diverse cultures. This is reflected by the wide variety of available restaurants, such as local restaurants, Italian, French and American restaurants. In addition to that, Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, and other Asian foods are also available and popular in Jeddah.
Many options are available to spend enjoyable moments in Jeddah. Scuba diving, swimming, horseback riding, desert hiking, camping trips, tennis, and team sports are some examples.
Places to visit in Jeddah
Balad (Old Jeddah)
It is located in the city center which represents an open air historical museum of the city. It is the historical area of Jeddahcontains many ancient buildings and traditional souqs (markets). In 2014, it is added to the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites.
It is an integrated entertainment zone, where you can enjoy the beauty of the beach and all the available facilities and services, such as boat trips and scuba diving. King Fahd fountain is one of the main landmarks of Jeddah Cornish, which is the tallest water fountain in the world.
Shopping in Jeddah
Jeddah is an excellent place for shopping with many available international brands. It contains many upscale department stores, boutiques, and shopping malls which provide the luxury shopping experience. You can find many world-famous brand names like Armani, Prada, Versace, Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Gucci and much more. The shopping malls have everything under one roof. It is worth noting that there is no VAT on products.