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Cheap Flights to Jeddah with Jazeera Airways

Discover Jeddah

Jeddah is the second largest city in Saudi Arabia, with a population of approximately 3.4 million. It is also the commercial capital of the country. For centuries, it has been the point where pilgrims, traders, and travellers converge. This explains why the city is so cosmopolitan in nature. Jeddah is a relatively relaxed city with an easy going social life buzzing with shopping districts, cafes and restaurants. There’s opportunity aplenty for the enterprising.


This is a city with a colourful history and over the years has gained importance as being the annual gateway for the millions of pilgrims proceeding to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina. The highpoint of Jeddah is the Corniche, which is surrounded by offices, beach resorts, shopping malls, and hotels. Further to the north you’ll see several compounds which play host to a vibrant social scene.
 

Essential Facts

Time
09:56
Date
12/12/2019
Time Zone
+03:00
Weather
27°C
Language
Arabic
Currency
SA Riyal
Electricity
220v/60Hz
Best Time To Visit
October

Things To Do

Al-Rahma Mosque (Floating Mosque)

Al-Rahma Mosque (Floating Mosque)

Popularly known as the White Mosque, this is nothing short of an architectural wonder. Its beauty lies in the impression it creates that it is floating as its marble exterior sticks out of the water, and is particularly stunning at night.
 

Corniche (Waterside Promenade)

Corniche (Waterside Promenade)

Where else can you see a seaside promenade lined with peculiar sculptures? The 35km-long Corniche is where everyone comes for a few hours by the sea to picnic and enjoy the refreshing breezes.
 

Fakieh Aquarium

Fakieh Aquarium

The aquarium displays a wide range of fish, including sharks, turtles and other colourful marine life from the sea around the region and the world. There’s an entertainment arcade for kids too, and even an ice-skating rink.
 

Shopping

First stop for shopping in Jeddah is the popular Mall of Arabia. Locals find it a convenient place for shopping, entertainment and eating. The shops sell goods ranging from international brands to lesser known labels available in the boutiques.

But there’s nothing better than wandering through the narrow alleys of Souq Al Alawi and explore the colourful traditional clothing and textiles mixed with the aromas of exotic spices and herbs. There are endless number of street stalls where you can strike a real bargain either in arts and crafts or traditional jewellery. This is by far the largest souq in the country.

The Red Sea Mall on King Abdulaziz Road is extremely large and houses a variety of stores, restaurants and cafes. The old favourite is the Tahlia Centre which is popular for its beauty products. This is the place for abayas and glittering jewellery and beauty accessories.
 

Food And Drink

Food And Drink

You’ll find practically every imaginable cuisine in Jeddah and eating out is part of the social culture here. Your best bet is to drive to the Al Rawdah area in North Jeddah where there’s an entire street packed with restaurants. Don’t miss the iconic Yildizar restaurant with its delectable blend of Lebanese and Turkish food all served in an attractive atmosphere. It’s well known for its delicious grills and sea food fare.

Change direction and go to Saudia City. Here you can sample authentic Pakistani food and Filipino specialities. The low prices will amaze you. You can’t go wrong with the ever popular (and cheap) shawarma. Consists of shredded layers of beef/chicken roasted on spit then served with salad, garlic spread and other sauces in a pita bread. If you want something a little more familiar you’ll find fast food names including McDonald's, Subway, and other well-known brands throughout the city.

Things To Know


Visa Requirements

 
  • Citizens of all countries require a visa to visit Saudi Arabia except the citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council members -- Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and United Arab Emirates.
  • All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months.
  • Visitors to Saudi Arabia must obtain a visa in advance unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries.
  • A special visa category exists for pilgrims coming to Saudi Arabia on the Hajj. Applications are encouraged to be done via licensed travel agents.
  • For more details on visa visit: http://www.saudiembassy.net/services.

  Getting Around

 
  • The most common way to get around the city is by Taxi. They are a quick and affordable way to move around. There are two types – the cheaper, regular yellow taxis and the white taxis.
  • A highly recommended company is Makkah Taxi. Typically, a taxi trip from the town centre to the airport is around SR80. Inner city short hauls are around SR20.
  • Buses are incredibly cheap but most of them don’t run to a schedule.
  • The more reliable ones are the smaller, privately-run buses.
  • Most hotels have a shuttle minivan service for guests from the hotel to the city centre.
  • You can take a boat and get away from the city for a while. A nice way to take in the views of the Red Sea.
  • Boats are available at the marina in Obhur in the north of Jeddah. A one-hour ride should cost approximately SR200 but try negotiating for less.

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