The city’s extraordinary transformation from a laidback fisherman’s town to the bustling metropolis it is today, makes Jeddah one of the most beguiling cities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Standing testament to the bygone glory and enthralling history of Jeddah lies the fascinating Al Balad district with its quaint souks, historic buildings, and unique coral architecture. On the other hand, giving an urban edge to the city are the ritzy, state-of-the-art landmarks such as the enlivening Jeddah Corniche and the soaring King Fahd’s Fountain. With a perfect blend of old and new working wonders for city, there is no dearth of incredible places to visit in Jeddah.
Following is a list of 6 Places to Visit in Jeddah that are an absolute delight for travellers.
The Floating Mosque (Ar-Rahmah Mosque)
Majestically jutting out from the Rea Sea, along the North Corniche, this beautiful mosque is often referred to as the “Floating Mosque”, since its extraordinary location gives out an illusion as if it is literally floating on water. One of the most spectacular tourist attractions in Jeddah, the Floating Mosque is accentuated with a classy white marble exterior, which is why is some also refer to the mosque as “White Mosque”. Try catching incredible glimpses of the mosque at dawn, glittering against the entrancing backdrop of the sea waning into the horizon.
Stretching for several kilometres along the coast of the Red Sea, the Jeddah Corniche is one of the most iconic landmarks of the city. Giving out spectacular views of the azure ocean, and dotted with plenty of recreational avenues, the Jeddah Corniche is a perfect place for tourists to spend a day or two. Revel in an idyllic stroll along the picturesque promenade, and enjoy pit-stops at the various attractions on the way, including attractive cafes, restaurants, various sports and entertainment venues, mosques, fishing and picnic areas, beautiful monuments, and the most important of all – King Fahd’s Fountain.
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Red Sea Mall
Boasting of a convenient location between the Red Sea coast and the King Abdulaziz International Airport, the Red Sea Mall is the most interesting place to be at, especially if you have shopping on your mind. Probably one of the best malls in Jeddah, the Red Sea Mall spans across an area of approximately 242,200 square metres, and houses a humongous number of stores catering to almost any and every shopping need. Designated kids’ areas and food courts are a few added bonuses of this brilliant mall.
King Fahd’s Fountain
There are ordinary fountains, extraordinary fountains, and then there is the King Fahd Fountain of Jeddah. Rising out from the waters like a shimmering jet, the King Fahd fountain in special in the sense that it is tallest fountain in the world! Visible from almost every vicinity of Jeddah, the fountain jets water to a height of over thousand feet, at a speed of over 200 miles per hour! The best part is, the fountain uses salt water from the Red Sea, ensuring no fresh water is wasted. Watching the fountain at night, illuminated with hundreds of twinkling spotlights, is a sight you’re never going to forget.
Al Tayebat Museum
Almost like a city in itself, the Al Tayebat museum is an absolute must-see, and one of the best places to visit in Jeddah. Spread across a sprawling area of 10,000 square metres, 300 rooms, and 12 buildings, this museum beautifully showcases the rich history of Jeddah and its revolutionary transformation from a laidback fisherman village to the buzzing, modern-day metropolis it is today. Constructed in a traditional Hijazi style, the museum houses and extraordinary selection ranging from ancient Islamic manuscripts, to old coins, weaponry, pottery, exquisite furniture, tribal costumes and much more. Definitely one of the best places to visit in Jeddah!
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Nothing echoes Jeddah’s rich heritage and old world charm better than Al-Balad, the ancient, 7th century historic centre of Jeddah. Translating into “The City”, Al-Balad showcases the charm of Jeddah’s bygone days in the most beautiful manner, giving eager, history-loving visitors a glimpse into the city’s sublime ancient gems. Besides the fascinating old-world architecture, there’s plenty to admire here, including traditional souks, historic mosques, quaint alleys, as well as the old gate and walls of Jeddah.
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