Jeddah is a city located on the coast of the Red Sea and is the major urban center of western Saudi Arabia. It is the principal gateway to Mecca and Medina Islam’s holiest cities. It is also a major commercial center in Saudi Arabia.
Jeddah is a huge city that sprawls along the coast of the Red Sea, connected together by the Corniche, a seaside avenue full of bizarre sculptures and nearly 30 km long. The old city or al-Balad, on the southern side of modern Jeddah, is a crumbling but fascinating warren of multi-story houses made from coral. The main thoroughfare Medina Road starts from the northern side of al-Balad and runs all the way to the city.
Things to See & Do
* Jeddah Corniche – waterfront area
* al-Balad – old city
* King Fahd Fountain
* Souq al-Alawi – busy market street
* Tahliya – main shopping street at the Jeddah Corniche
Cruise Season – Jan – Dec
Currency – Saudi riyal (SR) (SAR)
Language – Arabic
Population – 4,234,000 approx
Land Area – 1,500 km²
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time – GMT plus three hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 966
Port location – The King Saud International Seaport is located in approximately 8 km’s from the city centre.
Transport Links – King Abdulaziz International Airport, is the largest airport in the Kingdom and is well served by airlines from around the world.
There are many bus routes to neighboring countries, especially Jordan. Usually bus trip starts in Syria down to Amman, Jordan then to most Saudi major cities.