Jeddah

Jeddah (جدّة, also spelled Jiddah) is on the Red Sea in western Saudi Arabia. It the kingdom's second largest city, with a population of approximately 3,400,000, and a major commercial center in the country.

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Al-Shalal Theme Park

The park boasts of having the largest double looped roller coaster in the Asian continent. Operational since 2004, the roller coaster at the Theme Park is 34 m high and caters to more than 700 visitors/hr. The two storey entertainment building at the centre of the Park features an ice skating rink and a theme area, a roller skating rink and the Amazon Ride with a jungle theme, complete with life-size figures of animals, light and sound effects. The Amazon Ride is spread over an area of 1800 m2 with a lagoon and 15 m high waterfall. Seven restaurants, party rooms and a games arcade are housed in the entertainment building. The party rooms can be reserved by the public for birthday parties and private gatherings at reasonable rates. The park also has a European village theme area, a Far East village area and a large number of retail outlets for souvenirs and soft toys for the children. The complex has a separate building for car parking which can accommodate 300 cars plus an additional open air parking facility which has an additional capacity of 300 cars.


Desert Sea Divers

The oldest and largest diving outfit in Jeddah, which puts three boats out to sea on a busy weekend. Uses fast and comfortable custom-built dive boats, and all trips include a tasty hot lunch. Gear rental and transfers to/from central Jeddah (SR150 return) extra. Offers on-site accommodation and can also arrange tourist visas to Saudi for diver groups with at least 2 months' notice.

DO   —  +966 2 6561807 —  Obhur


Park Hyatt Jeddah–Marina, Club and Spa Resort

142 rooms and suites with views of the Red Sea, Arab-Andalusian ambiance, walk-in-closet, tea and coffee making facilities. Separate ladies and gents spas and a gentlemen's club. Great views of the Red Sea and King Fahd fountain. This resort is a remarkable engineering feat having reclaimed prime waterfront land from the Red Sea.


Souq al-Alawi

At the heart of the old city, coral houses line both sides of this busy market street. A photography permit is theoretically necessary (inquire at the office behind Naseef house), but in practice nobody seems to bat an eyelid as long as you don't stick your camera in people's faces without permission.

SEE   —  Map


Jeddah Marriott

Older but well-maintained property. Deep pool but for men only, large gym, good breakfast. The main downsides are the mildly awkward location with little of interest nearby and the poor soundproofing, esp. as there are four mosques nearby.

SLEEP   —  +966-2-6714000 —  Falasteen Rd

Qasr Al Sharq

The "Palace of the Orient" is Waldorf-Astoria's attempt to create a "seven-star" luxury hotel in Jeddah. Decoration is opulent, and prices are a splurge. Food is primarily Venetian. All amenities can be found.



Barrio Fiesta

Very popular Filipino eatery offering a gamut of Filipino fare like ''kare-kare.'' Basic fried rice and such for under SR10, but most main courses (SR30-50) come in huge portions designed to be shared.


Khayal

One of the best Turkish restaurants in Jeddah. It offers a variety of Turkish food to its customers. Especially, fresh fruit juices and kunafah (a traditional dessert) are delicious.



Naseef House

The former house of one of Jeddah's main trading families is now being renovated as a museum and cultural center. Great views from the top floors when it's open.

SEE   —  Map

Atallah Happy Land Park

An amusement park with indoor and outdoor rides and attractions, ice skating and bowling, dining and shopping, 6D theatre and live shows.

DO   —  +966 2 699 1157 —  Map

Mall of Arabia

Recently opened and claims to be the biggest shopping mall in Saudi Arabia on Madina St, rivaling Hera'a Mall.

BUY   —  Map

Yildizlar

In front of Saudi American Bank, Al Hamra Area. Excellent Turkish, Syrian, Lebanese, and Palestinian food.

EAT   —  +966 2 653 1150 —  Map

Radisson Blu Royal Suite Hotel

Health club, indoor swimming pool, 83 high end suites, three meeting rooms, free internet access.

SLEEP   —  +966 2 652 1234 —  Medina Rd

Al Khayyat Centrew

Find international designer brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, LV, Fendi, and Dior

BUY   —  Tahlia St

Radisson Blu Hotel

Health club, Oasis gym, 292 rooms, meeting rooms, free wifi throughout the hotel.

SLEEP   —  +966 2 263 0000 —  Medina Rd

Red Sea Mall

It is one of the biggest shopping malls in Jeddah on King Abdulaziz Road.

BUY   —  Map

Star's Avenue

One of the newest malls on Al-Malek Road, featuring a Saks Fifth Avenue

BUY   —  Map

Jeddah Mall

Not a lot of variety but has a great food court to hang out in

BUY   —  Tahlia St

Jeddah International Mall

Oldest Mall in Jeddah, specialising in Gold and Filipino food

BUY   —  Map

Rosewood Corniche

Five star luxury hotel with amazing sea view and amenities.

SLEEP   —  +966 2 257 8888 —  Map

Westin Jeddah

Resort in city center with roomside views of the sea.

SLEEP   —  +966 2 6588200 —  Map

Coral Mall

Rivals Le Mall's Starbucks with a large Bert's Cafe

BUY   —  Map

The Signature Al Murjan Beach Resort Jeddah

Resort hotel right next to the Red Sea.


Al Basateen

A favorite hang out for teenagers.

BUY   —  Map

Intercontinental Jeddah

Luxury resort with all amenities.

SLEEP   —  +966-2-2295555 —  Map

Le Mall

First Starbucks branch in Jeddah

BUY   —  Map

Bubbles

Corniche Jeddah waterfront.

EAT   —  Map

Mega Mall

The best mall for all ages

BUY   —  Map

Durrat Al-Arouse

Jeddah's main resort.

SLEEP   —  Map

Hera'a Mall

located on Madina St

BUY   —  Map

Le Méridien Jeddah

SLEEP   —  Map

Sheraton Jeddah

SLEEP   —  +966 2 6992212 —  Map

Byblos

EAT   —  Map

Hera'a Mall

BUY   —  Map

Jamjoom Center

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About Jeddah

Jeddah has been a port and trading city for centuries, which is reflected in its cosmopolitan mix of inhabitants. Today, it is a major commercial center in Saudi Arabia. It also has many government offices. Jeddah is known in the kingdom for its shopping districts, restaurants and cafes. It also hosts the '''Jeddah Corniche''' (waterfront area), which is the largest in the Kingdom with a great bunch of hotels, beaches and resorts clustered around it. To the North of the city, a string of beach resort compounds are off-limits to the mutawwa (religious police) and are known as party spots where many of the social mores of the rest of the country are flouted, especially by rich, liberal families from Jeddah.


Source: wikivoyage