"life @ the beach" Top 5 Page for this destination Jiddah by TomorrowsAngel

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I've been lucky enough to spend my last four Arabian summers in Jeddah.
Jeddah is more humid than Riyadh, and therefore the summer is more bearable.
Jeddah is on the Red Sea coast which means it has many beaches to snorkel, dive, swim and walk along.
The shopping is really good, in the souks and the more modern malls.
There are heaps of cool modern cafes and restaurants with world-class food and decor.

Jeddah has grown from humble origins, it began about 2,500 years ago as a tiny fishing settlement, in the 16th century, the Ottomans built a stone wall around the town in order to fortify it against attacks from the Portuguese.
Jeddah's early traditions as a trading centre continue today, and it is possible to buy almost anything in its souqs and shopping malls.
Jeddah's status as a trading centre has been maintained down the centuries and many of today's major trading companies have their headquarters there.
Two large, government-owned companies are based in Jeddah, too: the Saudi Arabian Marketing and Refining Company (SAMAREC) and Saudia, which is the national airline. Both these companies employ a huge work force, and their presence exerts a considerable impact on the local economy.

By contrast, industry still plays only a minor part in Jeddah's economy, although one industry which does seem to be thriving is tourism. Increased mobility, as a result of lower domestic air fares and better connecting highways, means that many Saudi nationals are now able to enjoy the delights of Jeddah as a holiday resort. Attracted by the Red Sea, the excellent restaurants and shops and the cosmopolitan flavour of the city, Saudis are now taking several short holidays a year, and Jeddah is an increasingly popular destination. Hotels report an increased demand for accommodation, and builders are finding that the demand for new residences is on the increase, as many wealthy families from Riyadh and other cities in the Kingdom are building holiday homes in Jeddah.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:beaches
  • Cons:none
  • In a nutshell:most liberal and friendly of all the saudi cities
  • Last visit to Jiddah: Oct 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Sep 1, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    The people of Holy Land are requested by me to avoid such waste, dirty management with cruel, character less, mindless, anti islamic women and this women is wife of director darwish waste man slave of his wife

  • Nov 5, 2008 at 5:48 AM

    The mad director drawish and his wife cruel wife maisoon thinks themselves very great with no humanity to the staff and no fear of Allah .

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    Apr 5, 2007 at 1:53 PM

    Great tips. Have only been to the airport during Haj a long time ago. Birthday greetings from Alaska!

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    Feb 5, 2007 at 9:43 PM

    Hello dear "neighbour" :-) Lovely tips here and very good insightful information. I enjoyed your page & my ratings are with you. Greetings from Dubai / Jess

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    Oct 9, 2006 at 6:27 AM

    Hi Bec. Your Jiddah page is amazing and begin to miss the place while reviewing your tips. My stay there was too short and didn't see much. Will be back to your site to see more on the Middle East. Regards from Freddie of Toronto

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    Apr 5, 2006 at 12:29 AM

    Very useful tips. I wasn't there long enough to see much. Indeed the roundabouts are strange. It seems to be a feature of most Arab cities, but none so strange as in Jiddah.

  • Astrobuck's Profile Photo
    Apr 1, 2006 at 9:13 PM

    Great pages...keep up the good work!!

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    May 21, 2005 at 2:01 PM

    i have benn to albilad beach it is waw very nice the red sea is gr8

  • Nov 7, 2004 at 11:31 AM

    I had been to Saudi once. Beards & Burkhas. And is that Pic really of a Beach in Jeddah where i can see a few women in Bikinis? I dont belive this!

  • Oct 19, 2004 at 10:25 AM

    Hi, Very informative and detailed info on Jeddah. Will you have anything on Yanbu, by any chance? Thanks

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