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By Air

Jeddah is served by King Abdulaziz International Airport.The airport has four passenger terminals.One is the Hajj Terminal, a special outdoor terminal covered by enormous white tents, which was constructed to handle the more than two million pilgrims who pass through the airport during the Hajj season.The Southern Terminal is used for Saudi Airlines flights, while the Northern Terminal serves foreign and other national airlines.A new plan for the extension of airport is being laid.The Royal Terminal is a special terminal reserved for VIPs, foreign kings and presidents and the Saudi Royal Family.A portion of the airport was used by Coalition B-52 heavy bombers during Operation Desert Storm in 1991.

By Train

Jeddah does not have any rapid transit system, but a rail system connecting the city to Riyadh is now under construction.The Haramain High Speed Rail Project will provide a high-speed rail connection to Mecca and Medina.

By Road

Highway 40, which begins in Jeddah, connects the city to Mecca, Riyadh and Dammam on the east coast.

By Ferry

The Jeddah Seaport is the 32nd busiest seaport in the world as of 2008.It handles the majority of Saudi Arabia's commercial movement.

By Bus

Also 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.However, make sure before booking your seat that you don't have a "by air only" entry visa.Most bus companies in Amman are located in Abdali.Ticket price is around 25 JD, some companies have daily trips to large cities like Jeddah.

Key places to visit
Jeddah Regional Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography, Al-Balad, King Fahd's Fountain, Kingdom Tower, Prince Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium, Tahlia Street, King Abdullah Street


Places to Visit

Jeddah Regional Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography

is a major museum in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.The Museum is in the historic Khuzam Palace in the Al-Nuzlah al-Yamaniyah quarter in the south of Jeddah.The building was constructed as a royal palace from 1928 to 1932 under the supervision of Muhammed bin Laden.Dar Al-Arkan Real Estate (DAAR) have been commissioned to develop the area on the 11th October 2008 by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques (the Royal Court).The collection ranges from artefacts of the stone age attributed to the Acheulean period found in nearby Wadi Fatimah over items of several pre-islamic cultures and items illustrating the rise of Islam to relicts from the time the palace was used by the royal family.A second collection holds ethnographic items portraying the recent culture of the region.


is the historical area of Jeddah, the second largest city of Saudi Arabia.Balad can literally be translated as the City."Balad is the historic center of the City of Jeddah.Balad traces its history 2,500 years back as a fishing village when the Quda'a fishermen tribe settled there.Al-Balad was founded in the 7th century and historically served as the centre of Jeddah.Al-Balad's defensive walls were torn down in the 1940s.In the 1970s and 1980s when Jeddah began to become wealthier due to the oil boom, many Jeddawis moved north, away from Al-Balad, as it reminded them of less prosperous times.Al-Balad had insufficient parking space for large cars.Its stores did not sell expensive designer clothing.Poor immigrants moved in place of the Saudi population.The municipality of Jeddah began historical preservation efforts in the 1970s.In 1991 the Municipality of Jeddah founded the Jeddah Historical Preservation Society to preserve the historical architecture and culture of Al-Balad.In 2002 $4 million United States dollars were earmarked for the preservation society.

King Fahd's Fountain

is a major landmark built in the 1980s and listed by the Guinness World Records organization as the highest water jet in the world at 312 metres (1,024 ft).It can be seen from a great distance.The fountain was donated to the City of Jeddah by the late King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz, after whom it was named.Located in the coast of Jeddah, west coast of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.The fountain jets water 312 metres (1,024 ft) above the Red Sea.It was donated to the city of Jeddah by King Fahd, hence its name.The fountain is visible throughout the entire vicinity of Jeddah.The water it ejects can reach a speed of 375 kilometres (233 mi) per hour and its airborne mass can exceed 18 tons. It was constructed between 1980 and 1983 and began operating in 1985.The fountain uses saltwater taken from the Red Sea instead of freshwater.It uses over 500 spotlights to illuminate the fountain at night.On March 27, 2010, the fountain's lights were turned off in a support for Earth Hour 2010.

Kingdom Tower

is a supertall skyscraper approved for construction in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia at a preliminary cost of SR4.6 billion (US$1.23 billion).It will be the centerpiece and first phase of a US$20 billion (SR75 billion) proposed development known as Kingdom City that will be located along the Red Sea on the north side of Jeddah. If completed as planned, the tower will reach unprecedented heights, becoming the tallest building in the world, as well as the first structure to reach the one-kilometer mark.The tower was initially planned to be 1.6-kilometre (1 mi) high; however, the geography of the area proved unsuitable for a tower of that height. The design, created by architect Adrian Smith, incorporates many unique structural and aesthetic features. The creator and leader of the project is Saudi Arabian Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, the wealthiest Arab in the Middle East and nephew of King Abdullah. Talal is the chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), the largest company in Saudi Arabia, which owns the project and a partner in Jeddah Economic Company (JEC), which was formed in 2009 for the development of Kingdom Tower and City.Reception of the proposal has been highly polarized, receiving high praise from some as a culturally significant icon that will symbolize the nation's wealth and power, while others question its socioeconomic motives and forecast that it will actually have negative financial consequences.

Prince Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium

is a stadium in the port city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.The stadium is located in the south east of Jeddah, between King Abdulaziz University and the industrial city. It is bound in the east by the Jeddah-Makkah expressway and in the south, Stadium street.The stadium was constructed in 1970, and has a capacity of around 23,000 spectators and is part of a municipal sports complex that includes an indoor arena and an aquatics center.The stadium consists of two main stands. The covered west stand, is fully seated and has an enclosed VIP box and media suites in a central tribune. The arch shaped east stand is terraced, and curves along the running track.A single large scoreboard is located on the northern edge of the east stand.It is only now that the whole stadium will be seated.The exercise will reduce the capacity to 20,000 spectators and it is projected that it will be done by the end of year 2009.

Tahlia Street

is an important fashion and shopping street in the mid-town of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.It contains many upscale department shops and boutiques such as Prada, Gucci, Versace, Cartier, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren or Giorgio Armani.As the Champs-Elysees St. for Paris, Tahlia St. believed to be the heart of Jeddah and Saudi Arabia's wealthiest district.This commercial street is often the destination soccer-fans who drive up and down waving club scarfs and sounding their car horns to celebrate victory.An identically named street in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh, Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz St. has been nicknamed Tahlia Street by the residents as it coincidentally shares many similarities with the original Tahlia in Jeddah.

King Abdullah Street

is one of the most important streets in Jeddah that starts at King Fahd road by the waterfront in the west of Jeddah and ends all the way at the eastern end of the city.It is famous for hosting numerous corporate offices and commercial developments. Due to the economic boom in this region, there is a central business district planned which would be one of the biggest CBDs in the Middle East.

Right Time to Visit

December - February
June - October


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