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Discover the best places to visit in Jeddah, a diverse and cosmopolitan city in the Makkah Province that's very popular with tourists.

The Best Places to Visit in Jeddah

Top recommendations, top hotels:.

  • The Ritz-Carlton Jeddah Hotel
  • Jeddah Hilton
  • Centro Salama Jeddah by Rotana

Top Restaurants:

  • Nobu - Jeddah
  • Le Comptoir de Nicole - Jeddah Yacht Club
  • Karam Beirut - Lebanese Restaurant - Jeddah

Top Activities:

Explore new jeddah corniche on the red sea, jeddah yacht club and marina, explore old jeddah, al balad, explore other cities of saudi arabia, jeddah is different.

Jeddah is the perfect blend of old and modern. From the magnificent Old Jeddah, Al Balad district to the new five star luxury Jeddah Yact Club and Marinia , Jeddah has the best of both worlds. One of Jeddah’s most notable features is its close proximity to the Red Sea. The picturesque Jeddah Waterfront offers a great picnic spot where visitors can relax, enjoy the breathtaking views of the Red Sea and discover the famous Al Rahma mosque, otherwise known as the Floating Mosque. Jeddah is rightly referred to as the ‘Mermaid of the Red Sea’.

The motto of the city is ‘Jeddah is Different’. This is in line with the truly diverse and cosmopolitan nature of the city, which features spectacular events like the Formula 1 Grand Prix. Once you visit Jeddah, you get to truly appreciate the distinct vibe of the city. It is a lively and interesting destination that will offer you much to do. Its rich history and historical significance will make you want to spend more and more time here and revisit the famous Jeddah sign.

According to the Ministry of Hajj , Jeddah was founded as a small fishing village around 2500 years ago. The port city has held great significance not only due to commerce and trade but also due to the fact that during the period of Caliph Uthman bin Affan, it served as a port for pilgrims heading to Makkah to perform Hajj.

The city was fortified in the 16th century by the Turks. A stone wall was built to defend the city against the Portuguese. Since Jeddah remained under Ottoman rule until 1915, there is a strong Turkish influence visible in the city architecture. 

The long seashore is one of the most prominent features of the city. Benefiting from this abundant seashore, the city of Jeddah built a 20 mile, three-part corniche. The New Jeddah Corniche offers breathtaking views of the Red Sea and also offers many recreational facilities that visitors can benefit from. Keeping in line with the motto ‘Jeddah is Different’, even the geography of the region offers a break from the endless sprawling desert of Saudi Arabia. The beauty of the Red Sea enchants visitors and beckons them to come back for more.   

Jeddah is the 100th largest city in the world by land area. It is situated on a coastal plain in the lower Hijaz mountains. The climate of the city is classified as arid and it retains its warmth even in the colder months.

Cultural Life

The province of Makkah is a perfect blend of rich, centuries-old culture and traditions along with modern architecture and a lively way of life. You can find old souks as well as skyscrapers that are reaching for the clouds. 

Visitors seeking old architecture will thoroughly enjoy visiting  Old Jeddah, Al Balad . You can get the feeling of travelling back in time by strolling through the narrow alleyways and soaking in the magnificently coloured Mashrabiat and Rawashaan. UNESCO added the historical Al Balad district to the list of World Heritage sites.

Being a multi-ethnic cosmopolitan city, Jeddah has a great traditional cuisine that takes its influence from various cultures. Fast food fans would be thrilled to know that the famous Albaik chain originated and is headquartered in Jeddah. You can also find hundreds of the best Restaurants in Jeddah on Welcome Saudi.

Popular Attractions

There is no shortage of things to do and sites to visit in Jeddah. If we start from museums, you can visit the Nassif House Museum and the Matbouli House Museum . The Jeddah fountain, also known as the King Fahd’s Fountain is a popular attraction. The jet of water rises to an incredible height of 853 feet. At night this stream of water is illuminated and offers an unforgettable sight. 

New Jeddah Corniche and the Jeddah waterfront offer great spots where you can spend the entire day just soaking in the magnificent sights of the sea. There are numerous activities offered in these areas. Tourists can enjoy the fresh seafood and do some shopping. You can also take a look at the aquatic species that prowl the Red Sea in the purposefully designed Fakieh Aquarium. If you are looking for beautiful fine dining restaurants then you can try the Restaurants at Jeddah Yacht Club .

One of the most historical places in Jeddah is the Baab Makkah or Makkah Gate. This open-air market truly comes to life after sunset. You can catch a glimpse of the true essence of Jeddah city by strolling around these souks. The gate itself (Baab Makkah), is a great work of architecture and is a popular attraction for visitors. Whether you’re looking for history or enjoyment, you never run out of places to go in Jeddah.

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The best things to do in Jeddah 

By Nicola Chilton

Best things to do Jeddah Saudi Arabia

With its Red Sea coastline, cosmopolitan history, spectacular old town and fantastic food, Jeddah is a city that perfectly encapsulates the tapestry of life in Saudi Arabia . Whether you’re in town for a short getaway or a longer visit, here are 10 of the best things to do in Jeddah.

Al Balad

1. Go back in time in Al Balad

Jeddah’s old town of Al Balad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site , is beguiling, and one of the city’s main visitor draws. With many buildings up to 400 years old, the neighbourhood is undergoing a major restoration project to conserve the traditional architecture, including the distinctive ornate wooden roshan balconies. Visit during the daytime for the best photography opportunities, or in the evening when the area is at its most lively, the narrow streets filled with families out for a stroll, friends drinking coffee and shoppers heading to the souqs.

2. Savour some of Jeddah’s oldest restaurants

As one of the most multifaceted cities in Saudi Arabia, Jeddah is a wonderful foodie  destination, with so many culinary influences finding their way into the city’s cuisine. It’s also a great place to try some traditional restaurants, many of which are located around Al Balad. For seafood, head to Al Bassali, where they’ve been frying fish and prawns since 1949. The menu has expanded in the decades since, and you’ll now find grills and tajins too, but you can’t go wrong with the fried prawns, heated with the same secret mix of spices they’ve been using since day one, and even more delicious when dipped in tahini. Go after 4pm and you’ll also find people queuing up for hot-from-the-frier samosas and doughnuts. And try to save space for some masoub , a typically Jeddawi dessert made from bread, banana, honey and nuts that has Yemeni roots. Carnivores will love Naji Al-Harbi’s kebabs, a place that's been feeding hungry Al Balad residents since 1950, and for something more adventurous, Ba’issa is the place to try sheep’s head.

3. Discover Jeddah’s art-covered roundabouts

A vintage Mini Cooper on top of a flying carpet. A giant mosaic-covered octopus rising from roiling surf. A concrete block with cars poking out. Modigliani-esque metal sculptures of camels. These are just some of the roadside oddities to keep a lookout for as you drive around Jeddah. The city’s roundabouts are known for their artistic quirks, many dating back to the 1970s and 80s when there was a major push to incorporate public art into the urban landscape. Do a city-wide safari while hunting for them.

Jeddah Corniche

Jeddah Corniche

4. Stroll or cycle along the seafront Corniche

Jeddah’s seaside Corniche is a popular place for a stroll in the evening, with locals gathering for seafront walks towards the King Fahd fountain that shoots water more than 300 metres into the air. Or pick up a rental bicycle in the section of the North Corniche between the Shangri-La and Sheraton Hotels and ride down the street’s pedestrianised centre.

5. Shopping, from souks to malls to concept stores

Jeddah provides ample opportunities to pick up fabrics and leather sandals, and the souks around Al Balad have a vast array of both, alongside spices, sweets and fragrances. If you’re in the market for an abaya or kaftan, Serafi Mega Mall is jammed with shops selling seasonal and traditional styles at very affordable prices, ranging from the conservative to the colourful. To see where the city’s style crowd shops, head to one of Jeddah’s concept stores, such as Homegrown Market in the Ar-Rawdah district, where you’ll find more than 150 brands offering fashion, accessories and homeware. Also in Ar-Rawdah, multi-brand streetwear store Crowdless is the place for athleisure and sneaker finds. It’s also right next to the hugely popular Adani Bar, a contemporary cafe serving Yemeni spiced tea. Sit down for a cup, and order a tuna, tomato and caper toastie or a melted cheese sandwich filled with blueberry jam.

6. Head to the Jeddah Yacht Club and Marina for an al fresco dinner

Near Jeddah’s floating mosque and the Formula 1 track, Jeddah Yacht Club is home to a growing community of yachties, as well as several outdoor restaurants that make for lovely al fresco dining spots in good weather. Le Comptoir de Nicole’s flavours are straight out of Nice, with dishes such as: Provençal pissaladière with stewed onions, olives and anchovies; buttery sole meunière ; and, a truffle mafaldine pasta that’s so good you won’t want to share. Over at Mashi no Mashi, the Japanese menu features Wagyu gyoza and sliders alongside substantial slurpable ramen bowls. And at Madeo, Italian favourites such as lobster spaghetti and porcini pizza are accompanied by excellent craft mocktails.

A shipwreck off the coast of Jeddah

A shipwreck off the coast of Jeddah

7. Snorkelling and diving in the Red Sea waters

With its Red Sea location and year-round warm waters, Jeddah provides an enviable opportunity to explore the underwater world that lies offshore. There are a number of Jeddah-based operators who can arrange dive trips, and many hotels can also organise snorkelling excursions. Turtles, sharks, and a huge variety of fish inhabit the waters here, as well as hard and soft corals and, for expert divers, shipwrecks.

8. Head to Hayy Jameel for art, cinema and community theatre 

A sister to Dubai ’s Jameel Arts Centre, Hayy Jameel opened in Jeddah in 2021 and offers dynamic arts and culture-based programming throughout the year. With a strong community vibe and spaces that encourage socialising and the sharing of ideas, Hayy Jameel draws visitors with art exhibitions and education spaces, a cinema showcasing Saudi, Arab and international feature films, shorts and documentaries, as well as the first community theatre in Saudi Arabia. There’s also a cafe, concept store and a baking academy, alongside occasional pop-up farmers’ markets.

Fountains at Park Hyatt Jeddah

Park Hyatt Jeddah

9. Treat yourself to a spa day at the Park Hyatt Jeddah

Sitting right next to the water on the Corniche, the Park Hyatt Jeddah is the place to head when you want a break from the city. The spa facilities here – separate for men and women – offer relaxing and restorative treatments, along with extensive wet facilities and powerful underwater jets in the aquamedic pools which pummel aching muscles and are great prep for a massage. But the real highlight here is the large outdoor pool exclusively reserved for women. Surrounded by shade-giving palm trees and a row of sunbeds, spend a couple of hours here and you’ll feel wonderfully recharged and ready to get back out into the city again.

10. Join a cool crowd for coffee at City Yard

Centred around the Shirvan City Yard Hotel, a minimalist style haven that combines traditional Saudi design elements with contemporary colour schemes and textures, the City Yard neighbourhood is the place to come to hang with a cool, young Jeddawi crowd. Head to Meraki Artisan where a passionate team makes specialty coffee, best served with their deliciously tempting chocolate shots. To continue your sweet fix, right around the corner is L’Eclair de Génie for eclairs that are works of art, in flavours including salted caramel, pistachio and passion fruit with berries. And before you leave, stop by Musa and Palm to pick up dates stuffed with unusual flavour combinations like peanut butter and apple, and goat cheese and cherry tomato, all wrapped in beautiful packaging.

Corniche at sunset with King Fahd's Fountain, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Middle east

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The historic crossroads of pilgrims and traders, and the traditional gateway to Mecca, Jeddah is the most fascinating of Saudi Arabia's major cities, with a cosmopolitan and liberal air not present anywhere else in the Kingdom. Visitors will love the city's World Heritage Red Sea architecture, its bustling souq, the laid-back coastline that's home to fantastic dive sites, and its diverse, world-class cuisine.

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Al Shafee Mosque

Al Shafee Mosque

Beautifully restored and maintained, this historic mosque, one of the finest in Jeddah, is named after one of the four great imams of classical Sunni…

Matbouli House Museum

Matbouli House Museum

With so many traditional houses closed in Al Balad, this privately owned museum in a beautiful three-storey property with stunning Hejazi mashrabiyya …

Corniche

Once a smelly, unpleasant stretch of coastline, the corniche in northern Jeddah has been transformed into a pleasant walkway and leisure space. There are…

Jeddah, SAUDI ARABIA:  Saudi women shop at a grocery in the Souq al-Alawi market in the old town of Jeddah 29 December 2005. The market is the biggest market in Saudi Arabia where hundreds of thousands of Muslims from different countries have so far arrived for the annual pilgrimage to Mecca which begins on January 7. AFP PHOTO/BEHROUZ MEHRI  (Photo credit should read BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images)

Souq Al Alawi

This souq runs off Al Dahab St and is the most extensive in the Kingdom. The market stalls cut into the heart of the old city and buzz with the activity…

Al Tayibat City Museum for International Civilisation

Al Tayibat City Museum for International Civilisation

This privately owned four-floor collection has displays ranging from pre-Islamic artefacts, exquisite Islamic manuscripts, old coins and weaponry to…

Al Rahma Mosque

Al Rahma Mosque

This mosque in the north of Jeddah sits on stilts and seemingly floats on the Red Sea. Visitors come to wander in the open courtyard and enjoy the cooling…

Naseef House

Naseef House

One of Jeddah’s best-restored old coral houses, Naseef House belonged to one of Jeddah’s most powerful trading families and was later a royal residency…

Bab Makkah

The Mecca gate was historically the most important gate for Jeddah, Arabia's official pilgrim port. It stands at the start of the road that led to Islam's…

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Jeddah, the ‘bride of the Red Sea’ has many tourist attractions, picnic spots, places to visit, and things to do that you need weeks to explore. Here are some places to visit in Jeddah .

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Jeddah Yacht Club

If you want to enjoy a luxury dining experience in restaurants or a Yacht, Jeddah Yacht Club is the place to go in Jeddah. They have decorated it so beautifully that you enjoy every minute spent there.

Winter blues got you down? Lift your spirits by indulging in delicious ice cream while enjoying the refreshing sea breeze and breathtaking scenery. It’s the perfect way to warm your heart and soul during the chilly season!

  • Jeddah Yacht Club location .
  • Entry Ticket: Free.

Jeddah Yacht Club - Places to visit in Jeddah

Jeddah Waterfront

The best gift of MBS to Jeddah is probably building Jeddah Waterfront, which has become the most frequent picnic place for families. You can use the following location, park your car there and walk through the bridge to the waterfront.

  • Jeddah Waterfront Location .

Jeddah Waterfront - Places to visit in Jeddah

Al Shallal Theme Park 

Al Shallal Theme Park is probably the best theme park in Saudi Arabia and therefore tourists who come to Jeddah, pay a visit to this place. I personally love going there with my family when the weather is good.

  • Al Shallal Theme Park Location .
  • Al Shallal Theme Park Timing: 5 pm to 1:30 am.
  • Entry Ticket to the Theme Park: SR 35/person.
  • Al Shallal Theme Park Wristband (all rides free): SR 75/person.
  • Check the discounted deals on cobone.com

Al Shallal Theme Park - places to visit in Jeddah

Fakieh Planetarium

If you have even a little bit of interest in space, you should visit Fakieh Planetarium to enjoy the 3D experience of 30 mins space movie. Although it is not too big and doesn’t have much to offer other than a few astronauts standing here and there, the movie show was captivating.

  • Fakieh Planetarium Location .
  • Fakieh Planetarium Ticket: SR 29 to SR 41.
  • Fakieh Planetarium Website .

Fakieh Planetarium - tourist places to visit in Jeddah

Atallah Happy Land Park

Atallah Happy Land Park is the 2nd biggest theme park in Jeddah with many adventures and thrilling rides and therefore, you should visit at least one of them.

  • Atallah Happy Land Park Location .
  • Entry Ticket: SR 30 and then SR 10 for each ride.
  • Wristband: SR 90 (all outdoor rides are free).

Atallah Happy Land Park - jeddah tourist places

Fakieh Aquarium + Dolphin Show

Fakieh Aquarium along with the Dolphin Show is value for money activity and a must-visit place in Jeddah especially if you are with children. They have a variety of fish in the aquarium which is a treat to watch.

  • Fakieh Aquarium Timings: 1 pm to 1 am.
  • Fakieh Aquarium Price: SR 65 – under 2 years free.
  • Dolphin Show Price: SR 70 – under 9 months free.
  • Fakieh Aquarium Location .

Fakieh Aquarium - things to do in Jeddah

Parasailing

Don’t miss out on the ultimate adventure in Jeddah – try parasailing! Experience the thrill of soaring high above the water and taking in the stunning views. Make your trip unforgettable with this must-try activity.

  • Book Parasailing in Jeddah.
  • Parasailing price: SR 250.

Parasailing in Jeddah

Water Village

Water Village is a reasonable water park that should be visited if you are with children. Some people say that it is not value for money but I believe that the prices are reasonable.

  • Water Village Price: SR 125/person who swims and SR 40/companion.
  • Water Village Location .

Water Village - places to visit in Jeddah

Paintball Jeddah

If you are looking for some adventurous things to do, Paintball Jeddah is the place to visit. It is an excellent place to have fun and bond with friends. Keep in mind that bullets hurt even though you are wearing a protective vest.

  • Paintball Jeddah Location .
  • Paintball Jeddah Price: SR 100/120 bullets and SR 170/240 bullets.
  • Paintball Jeddah Timing: 5 pm to 12 am.

Paintball Jeddah

Jumpowlane is a cool and comfortable hangout place for families and friends in Jeddah. This place primarily offers Bowling, Billiards, Trampoline, and an indoor mini-golf course. You could also order snacks, coffee, or soft drinks.

  • Bowling Price: SR 25.
  • Trampoline: SR 45 for 30 mins/ SR 70 for 1 hour.
  • Football: SR 25/30 mins.
  • Mini Golf: SR 45/adult and SR 35/child.
  • Billiard: SR 25/30 mins.

Jumpowlane - jeddah tourist places

The Escape Hotel

If you are a horror lover, you would love to visit the Escape hotel in Jeddah. In this hotel, you along with your team are locked in one room with only one goal i.e. ESCAPE .

You and your team must discover the elements in the room which help you crack the codes, and solve the puzzles. The clock is ticking, you have 60 minutes to earn freedom and checkout — alive!

  • The Escape Hotel Ticket: SR 135/person.
  • The Escape Hotel Location .
  • The Escape Hotel Timing: 5:30 am to 1:30 am.
  • Book your tickets online.

The Escape Hotel - adventure place to visit in Jeddah

Durat Al Arous

If you are looking for a private beach resort in Jeddah, book a resort at Durat Al Arous and enjoy with the elite class of the city. You can book a villa there from booking.com .

There’s nothing that would not be in Dural Al Arous for instance cafes, coffee shops, hotels, resorts, theme parks, a golf club, an equestrian club, recreation parks, and a yacht marina.

Durat al Arous - picnic places in jeddah

Khalil Museum

Al Tayebat International City also known as Khalil Museum is a cultural place to visit in Jeddah. It looks like a small city from the inside. 

Balconies made from dark wood and in combination with white-colored walls look really nice. I definitely recommend this place.

  • Al Tayebat International City Location .
  • Entry Fee: Free. 
  • Timing: 8 am-12 pm / 5 pm-9pm (Friday Off).

Khalil Museum - places to visit in Jeddah

Dhaban Marine Park

If you are looking for a place to barbeque in Jeddah, visit Dhaban Marine Park. It is a big park with plenty of rides for children, a designated barbeque area, plenty of parking, lushgreen grass, many trees, and a private beach.

  • Dhaban Marine Park Location .
  • Entry Ticket: SR 11.50/person.

Dhaban Marine Park - places to visit in Jeddah

Asfan fort, situated 70 km from Jeddah is a historic place to visit. The fort was built during the ottoman empire to protect the route from Makkah to Madina.

The place provides a perfect place for the BBQ these days as it is not allowed within the city. However, do not expect any grocery store or washrooms nearby.

  • Asfan Fort Location .

Asfan Fort - jeddah tourist places

Al Fahad Shipwreck

If you are looking for a serene picnic spot, Al Fahad Shipwreck around 100 km from Jeddah is the place to visit.

The Ship, originally called the MV Free Enterprise III, was built in 1966 in the Netherlands, sold in 1986 to an Egyptian company that renamed it Al Fahad, and the vessel foundered in 2004 due to engine problems.

  • Safety Tips to visit Al Fahad Shipwreck .
  • Al Fahad Shipwreck Location .

Al Fahad Shipwreck - picnic place in Jeddah

King Fahad Fountain

King Fahad Fountain is the tallest fountain in the world which provides a beautiful scenic view and a great picnic point for Jeddah families and tourists to visit.

This fountain was built in 1980 and raises the water to about 260 meters or 853 feet above sea level.

  • Jeddah Fountain Location .

King Fahad Fountain - things to do in Jeddah

Red Sea Mall

If you have time to visit only one shopping mall in Jeddah, go to Red Sea Mall i.e. the biggest mall in the city. Here you will find almost all the main brands, an extensive food court, a children’s play area, and a VOX cinema.

  • Red Sea Mall Location .
  • Top 8 Best Shopping Malls in Jeddah .

Red Sea Mall - places to visit in Jeddah

Al-Balad is the old downtown of Jeddah and if you want to smell the real feel of the city, do visit this tourist place. There is not a specific point to visit as you can roam around the old city, see old buildings and enjoy.

  • Al Balad Location .

Al Balad - jeddah tourist places

Grave of Hawwa

There is a cemetery in Jeddah called Hawwa Cemetry. It is believed that Amma Hawwa عليه السلام or mother eve is buried here. Although the location of the grave is still unknown, tourists do visit this place in Jeddah.

  • Hawwa Cemetery Location .

The grave of Hawwa - things to do in Jeddah

Nassif House Museum

This UNESCO World Heritage site dates back from its construction in 1876 until 1881 by the elite family of Omar Nassif Efendi. If you want to travel to old times while living in Jeddah, Nassif House Museum is the place to visit.

  • Nassif House Museum Location . 
  • Nassif House Museum Timing: 8 am to 11 pm.

Nassif House Museum - Historical place to visit in Jeddah

JetSki/Speed Boat

If you are interested in water activities, you can visit the Obhur area of Jeddah and rent a speed boat or JetSki there. A jet ski costs around 350/hour while the rate of speed boat varies upon its size.

  • Red Sea Marina Location .

King Abdullah Economic City

If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, visit King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) situated 125km away from Jeddah. The city offers a different way of lifestyle with beautiful beaches, water activities, private resorts, hotels, and a perfect picnic place in Jeddah.

  • Register your visit to KAEC  beforehand.
  • Entry Fee: Free.

King Abdullah Economic City - picnic places in jeddah

Bikini Beach in Saudi Arabia

Pure beach is located in the King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) of Jeddah where women are not allowed to wear anything except bikinis. Men are also required to wear only beach attire.

Entry Ticket

  • SR 400/person (single).
  • SR 250/person (family).
  • SR 125/person (below 16).
  • Pure Beach Website .

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Jeddah Flagpole

Although the Jeddah flagpole is not a site to visit as you can see it while driving around the city, you should not miss it. It is the world’s tallest flagpole with a height of 171 meters.

  • Jeddah Flagpole Location .

Jeddah Flagpole

Bicycle Roundabout

You can visit the bicycle roundabout in Jeddah while roaming around in the. The bicycle sculpture is the largest in the world with a total height of 15 meters. It is designed by Spanish architect Julio Lafuente.

  • Bicycle Roundabout Location .

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Always awake, scintillating and sparkling, Jeddah is never tedious and dull – those who’ve lived in Jeddah can testify to that.

Jeddah is undoubtedly the most vibrant city in the Kingdom. With works of modern art all over, an amazing Corniche road boasting of unparalleled views of the Red Sea, people from all walks of life and countries, a culture that is an incredible fusion of many different ones and a place where new activities or points of interests spring up every other day. Enough said, Jeddah can keep one entertained for long.

But the question remains as to what are the best things to do in Jeddah?

As per reader reviews and suggestions on Trip Advisor these are the ‘20 Top Things To Do In Jeddah’.

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Are you planning a trip to the Middle East and looking for the best things to do in Jeddah? If so, then you need to look no further than right here!

Jeddah, a vibrant city located on the Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia, offering an exciting blend of ancient history and modern attractions .

Whether you’re a culture enthusiast, an adventurous traveler, or simply looking for a relaxing getaway, Jeddah has something for everyone !

From exploring the bustling souks and indulging in local cuisine to diving into the crystal-clear waters of the Red Sea and admiring stunning architecture, there’s no shortage of things to do in Jeddah.

Join me on a journey of discovery and uncover the best experiences this dynamic city has to offer!

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Where is Jeddah?

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Jeddah is a major urban center of western Saudi Arabia, and one of the top Middle East destinations to visit.

It’s the second-largest city after Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia. Also, the largest city in Makkah Province and the largest seaport on the Red Sea.

Did you know that Jeddah is the principal gateway of two of the holiest cities in Islam, Mecca , and Medina?

The city is a mix of monuments, open-air art sculptures, cafes, shopping districts, and the largest waterfront area filled with restaurants and resorts.

If you are planning a trip to Saudi Arabia , try something different by visiting Jeddah city and experiencing the beauty of ancient architecture mixed with the latest luxuries.

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Jeddah has a hot and dry type of climate. Rainfall is sparse and temperatures can soar high in summers.

The best time to visit Jeddah would be in January and February when the temperatures are relatively cool.

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The city of Jeddah has numerous hotels ranging from luxurious to economical, depending on the choice and budget of travelers.   

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Most chains of hotels in Jeddah provide small minivans called ‘water taxi’, which are quite inexpensive and will take you around the place.

TIP : It’s better to fix a price with the taxi driver for the trip in advance and not to opt for the meter method of payment. It will cost you less.

Another word of caution : Use only officially recognized taxis (with the sign TAXI) to avoid getting into trouble with the authorities.

Buses can be a great way to enjoy the local flavor of the city and enjoy the haunting Arabian music if you don’t have a tight schedule for the day. Meet the locals, talk to them and become a traveler instead of a tourist.

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Best things to do in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Yes! Being on the coast of the Red Sea, the flora and fauna are similar to what you can see on the Red Sea’s Coast in Egypt . If you like scuba diving , Jeddah is one of the best spots!

Scuba Diving is one of the best things to do in Jeddah

The corals are untouched and a sight to behold as you get underwater to experience the most amazing feeling ever. The water temperatures vary with the seasons, so pack a swimsuit to dress accordingly.

Looking for what to do in Jeddah? Then visiting Jeddah’s Souq should be one of them.

Immediately south of King Fahd Rd, the marketplace is divided into subsections, each populated by different immigrants.

Breathe in the delicious scent of coffee and let the colors of mixed cultures and languages fascinate you.

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Going to Jeddah and not buying nuts and dates is not possible .

Try Khayyam Al Rabie Est to get some of the finest choices of dates and nuts for discounted prices. Do you know the store has fairy lights and stocks around 50 different varieties of dates?

Al Balad gives you a taste of the ancient marketplace, multi-stored brick and mud-buildings that sell just about everything.

Experience the magic of the Floating Mosque or check out the entrance of Mecca. The city is full of places to see and explore.

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Are you a book lover by any chance? If yes, then don’t miss the Jarir Bookstore, one of the most interesting places to visit in Jeddah .

It boasts of the city’s widest collection of books. Read about the cultural heritage and grab some latest releases from your favorite authors.

Jeddah has several restaurants and cafes that cater to region-specific taste buds with extra care and attention.

If looking for things to do in Jeddah at night or where to eat in Jeddah , and fancy some Indonesian food, Wong Solo, near the start of Al Balad, is the perfect place for you.

Trying out local dishes is one of the fun thing to do in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Of course, if you want a quiet meal, stay away from the lunch buffet (10 A.M. to 2 P.M.). But if you love the mad rush and are looking to interact with other tourists, you know when to go.

Experience the Middle Eastern style dining in Al Nakheel Restaurant. Designed as a traditional tent, it allows the sea breeze to enter from the sides.

Evenings are undoubtedly the best time to enjoy some of the finest choices in their menu. One of the best things to do in Jeddah for expats too!

Street food is something you cannot miss in Jeddah . Hop over to the Balad Street Food for some mouthwatering shawarma or falafel wraps for just SR4. Or try out some Middle Eastern dishes like Kabsa, Madfoon, or Matazeez.

Imagine ice-skating indoors while the sun blazes outside. Wouldn’t it be a wonderful experience?

Shop, dine, play, and watch live shows in 6D theatres. One of the best things to do in Jeddah with family!

Are you a fan of roller coaster rides? Do you want to gather courage and try one?

This park has the largest double-looped roller coaster on the Asian Continent. What a way to make the world go upside down, literally.

Now, you could be a fan of forests and wildlife instead. Where do you find a forest in a desert city?

Try the Amazon Ride in the park that is spread over 1,800m² with a lagoon and has a waterfall of 15m high. See the life-size figures of animals with full sound and light effects. It sure would be a novel experience.

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Don’t we all love to buy things, small and big, cheap and expensive like gifts, treasures, and memories?

Jeddah has more than 25 shopping malls which have amazing food courts. The malls are both new and old, and you can try to hop over to as many as you can within your schedule or have lunch in one of the popular restaurants in Jeddah .

Al Rahma Mosque is one of the unique Jeddah tourist places to visit! Its entire foundation is under the sea, a feature that scored it the floating mosque nickname!

Al Rahma Mosque is one of the best places to visit in Jeddah

An icon of the city, the mosque stands in sheer beauty in a great location of Jeddah’s waterfront spiraling through the skies with its white minaret.

Besides floating on the sea, the architectural details of this mosque are equally impressive!

From the white marble exterior, the stained-glass roof, and the beautiful touches of Islamic art on the inside, this Islamic and contemporary architectural mosque is one of the best places to see in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Also known as Jeddah Fountain, King Fahd’s Fountain is one of the most impressive tourist attractions in Jeddah.

Marvelling at King Fahd's Fountain is one of the fun activities to do in Jeddah

With a height of 260 metres (853 ft), King Fahd is the highest fountain in the world and is listed in the Guinness World Records for the same honor.

The fountain is beautiful all day long but it fully comes to life at night when over 500 high-light LEDs are lit creating an awe-inspiring moment.

If you want your breath to be taken away, this is one of the fun places to go in Jeddah!

Are you an outdoor enthusiast and looking for where to go in Jeddah? Look no further than Moon Valley.

Located in Jabal al Jadib, Moon valley boasts beautiful landscapes and rock formations that any outdoor lover would love to explore.

The place also offers camping opportunities for those who want to sleep under the stars.

Whether you’re an avid hiker or want to admire the city’s beautiful landscapes, hiking Moon Valley is one of the fulfilling Jeddah activities you have to participate in.

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Looking for more fun places in Jeddah to add to your list of things to do, below are more suggestions of what to see in Jeddah.

  • South Obhur Beach . One of the best places to visit in Jeddah for a relaxing afternoon.
  • Khuzam Palace . This is one of the historical places to see in Jeddah.
  • Fakieh Planetarium . One of the fun Jeddah places for people interested in space.
  • The Escape Hotel . This is one of the most thrilling things to do in Jeddah
  • Asfan fort . Another historical place to visit in Jeddah.
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As you can see, there are lots of activities and things to do in Jeddah, that truly make this a destination city.

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24 Top Tourist Places To Visit In Jeddah

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Offering a perfect blend of the old and new, Jeddah is one of the most beautiful cities located in Saudi Arabia. It is truly a cosmopolitan hub and the second-largest city in the country. It is well-known as the commercial city of Saudi Arabia owing to its vicinity to the two holiest places that is Makkah and Madinah. Jeddah is known as the traditional gateway to the sacred city of Makkah for Muslims around the world. There are a number of tourists places to visit in Jeddah .

From vibrant markets to beautiful beaches, well-preserved architectural marvels to historical landmarks, and wonderful museums to soul-stirring religious sites, this city welcomes all types of travellers from across the globe to discover its mesmerising attractions. Jeddah doesn’t disappoint anyone, be it families, couples or solo travellers. The ideal months for visiting Jeddah are between November and March, during which the best places to visit in Jeddah look all the more beautiful and serene.

Top Religious Sites to Visit in Jeddah

1. Al Rahma Mosque: Al Rahma Mosque is built on the coast of the Red Sea and is one of the most beautiful and popular tourist places to visit in Jeddah . It is a magnificent religious site constructed on stilts that seems to float and hence the name, the Floating Mosque. Featuring incredible architecture, this mosque is a beautiful blend of classic Islamic architecture and contemporary art. The mosque’s windows feature Quranic verses in Arabic script.

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2. King Saud Mosque: One of the top places to go to in Jeddah is King Saud Mosque. It is well-known for its majestic domes. Sprawling over an area of 9700 square meters, this holy site’s largest dome has a width of 20 meters, while its minaret has a height of 60 meters. It is named after Saudi Arabia’s second king, King Saud and is the largest one in the city. Situated in Al-Sharafiyah district, this religious site was designed by an Egyptian architect named Abdel-Wahed El-Wakil.

3. Island Mosque: Also designed by Egyptian architect Abdel Wahed El-Wakil, the Island Mosque is another must-visit place in Jeddah. Situated near the Red Sea Corniche, this mosque is one of Jeddah’s most beautiful places of worship. This mosque features a simple, yet stunning, design and a rectangular prayer hall.

4. Corniche Mosque: As the name suggests, the mosque is situated along the Jeddah Corniche. It is the winner of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 1989. It is amongst the best religious places to visit in Jeddah that features classic Islamic architecture and looks absolutely stunning at dawn and dusk.

Historical Landmarks in Jeddah

5. Al Balad: Jeddah’s historical area, Al Balad is best known for tight-knit lanes, maze-like streets and traditionally constructed buildings. Once known as the gateway to Makkah, Al Balad is a UNESCO Heritage Site. It is home to buildings that are nearly 500 years old, including Al Nassif House, Al Qabal Mosque and Al Jamjoom House. Al Balad also features marketplaces and old shops wherein one can find some of the most magnificent souvenirs and antiques.

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6. Abdul Raouf Khalil Museum: One of the best historical places in Jeddah, the Abdul Raouf Khalil Museum showcases the city’s approximate 2500-year old history. From displaying archaeological collections of the Ottoman Empire to showcasing pre-Islamic history to exhibiting rare artefacts related to Saudi heritage, this museum is worth adding to Jeddah’s sightseeing itinerary.

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7. Khuzam Palace Museum: It is located within the magnificent Khuzam Palace in the south of Jeddah and showcases artefacts from the Stone Age era, various items belonging to pre-Islamic cultures as well as artefacts that demonstrate the rise of Islam. The museum also has an Islamic Hall, which showcases the beginning of the emigration of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) from Makkah to Madinah. There is a Jeddah Hall as well that displays the city’s development over a period of time via old maps and images.

8. Athr Gallery: One of the best places to visit in Jeddah to discover contemporary art, this amazing gallery was founded in the year 2009. It supports artists, both amateur and professional, from the Arab region and hosts diverse exhibitions from time to time.. It is one of the best tourist attractions in Jeddah that brings you the best work of different artists under one roof.

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9. Khuzam Palace: Situated in the Al-Nuzlah al-Yamaniyah quarter, Khuzam Palace was the home of King Abdul Aziz, who was Saudi Arabia’s foremost monarch. This palace is quite iconic as during the 1950s, its gate was featured on the country’s currency note. Khuzam Palace is also home to a museum that showcases historical artefacts belonging to the Stone Age, in addition to featuring a collection displaying Jeddah’s culture.

10. Jeddah Lighthouse: Having a height of 436 feet, the Jeddah Light is the world’s tallest lighthouse. Situated on the northern side of Jeddah Seaport’s entrance, this active lighthouse is one of the most popular places to visit in Jeddah. Although there is a ban on tourists’ entry in the seaport, one can get breathtaking views of the tower from nearby locations, including Corniche Commercial Center as well as Central Fish Market. This architectural marvel, built in 1990, is absolutely breathtaking at night.

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11. Globe Roundabout: This giant and eye-catching metal globe sits where Assalam Street and King Abdul Aziz Road intersect. Its strategic location makes it a must-visit tourist attraction in Jeddah. Saudi Arabian flags surrounding this globe make it look all the more attractive. Designed by the Spanish architect Julio Lafuente, this beautiful sculpture illuminates at night featuring green and blue lights.

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12. Jeddah Flagpole: Jeddah Flagpole is situated in the middle of King Abdullah Square and stands at 561 feet height. Awarded Guinness World Records title for the tallest unsupported flagpole across the globe, it was erected in the year 2014. Hoisting the official flag of Saudi Arabia, the flagpole is easily visible from various tourist attractions in Jeddah. It is even equipped with high-tech cameras and a lighting system.

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13. King Fahd’s Fountain: Or the Jeddah Fountain is amongst the most fascinating and popular tourist attractions in Jeddah. Donated by King Fahd to the Saudi Arabian city, this fountain was built between the years 1980 and 1983 and was inaugurated in 1985. This majestic fountain is situated on the western coast of the country and it illuminates at night as it is lit up with more than 500 spotlights. This much-loved landmark is also known to be the tallest fountain across the globe.

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Must-visit Places in Jeddah for Family

14. AlShallal Theme Park: One of the must-visit places in Jeddah with family, AlShallal Theme Park enjoys a wonderful location on the Jeddah Corniche. It sprawls over an area of 60,000 square meters and is suitable for all types of visitors, be it couples, kids or adrenaline junkies. The theme area of this amusement park is a hot-favourite amongst visitors. Featuring a game arcade and a host of party rooms, another one of the park’s key features is the Amazon ride that sprawls over an area of 1800 square meters. AlShallal theme park also has shops and dining facilities, thereby making it a complete entertainment package.

15. Al-Saif Beach: Al-Saif Beach is one of the best beaches in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and a popular tourist spot in Jeddah. Well-known for family picnics, water adventures and swimming, the beach has a peaceful and calm ambience, which makes it a favourite amongst the visitors. Here, one can indulge in water sports or witness the mesmerising sunset at dusk or even enjoy a long walk along the shores.

16. Jeddah Waterfront, Corniche: Well-known for its stunning beauty, Jeddah Waterfront is one of the must-visit tourist attractions in the city. It is situated along the beautiful Red Sea and features a winding pier, sculptures, swimming bays, leisure activity areas, lush-green parklands and pavilions. The renowned Al Rahma Mosque is also located here, which draws millions of devotees annually. Travellers can indulge in a range of water sports or go biking on the 4.2 km stretch of the Corniche or even witness the mesmerising sunset while enjoying a long walk down the pier. Also featuring a range of cafes and restaurants, Jeddah Corniche is undoubtedly one of the best tourist attractions in the city.

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17. Silver Sands Beach: One of the most beautiful beaches in Jeddah, Silver Sands Beach is a private beach located along the Red Sea. Azure blue waters coupled with long sandy stretches of the coastline and mesmerising views of the plush environment make this beach an attractive tourist destination. Here, visitors can simply relax in the sun on the comfortable beach chairs or look forward to enjoying some water sports or take a dive in the cool turquoise waters before heading to the onsite café for a light meal and drinks.

18. Moon Valley: Moon Valley , one of Jeddah’s famous attractions, is an ideal spot for camping. It is situated in Jabal al Jadib and is well-known for its peculiar rock formations coupled with its stunning landscape. It is frequently visited by nature lovers, adventure junkies and photography enthusiasts. Famous for stargazing and hiking, Moon Valley is worth adding to Jeddah’s itinerary.

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19. South Obhur Beach: Offering a perfect blend of fun and adventure, South Obhur Beach is one of the most amazing public beaches in Jeddah, situated on the eastern coast of the Red Sea. It has a diverse range of beach activities and has a host of cafes and eating joints in close proximity.

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20. Fakieh Aquarium: Among the top tourist places to go to in Jeddah, Fakieh Aquarium is the only public aquarium in the entire Saudi Arabia. Featuring marvels of the Red Sea’s underwater environment and over 200 aquatic species brought from oceans and seas from across the world, it is one of the must-visit tourist attractions in Jeddah. It also organises dolphin and sea lion shows, which are hot-favourites amongst kids.

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Best Places for Shopping in Jeddah

21. Souq Shatee: Jeddah city is quite renowned for traditional souks, among which Souq Shatee is quite famous among locals and tourists alike. One of Jeddah’s famous marketplaces, Souq Shatee is located on the King Abdulaziz Road and features a range of regional shops coupled with a few of the well-known global showrooms. Here, one can find a range of products, like apparels, jewellery, souvenirs, abayas, toys, footwear and accessories.

22. Red Sea Mall: Featuring a 5-star hotel, this mall has a total of 18 entrances, thereby paving way for a hassle-free entry. It is home to a range of international brands, amazing eating joints, office space and movie theatre.

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23. Al Salam Mall: One of the biggest shopping malls in Jeddah, Al Salam Mall is home to a number of outlets, thereby making it a one-stop shop for fulfilling all your shopping requirements. It is located on Prince Majid Road. The in-house food court has a host of food joints and cafes, thereby helping visitors enjoy delicious meals following a great shopping experience.

24. Mall of Arabia: A major entertainment centre, this mall attracts a lot of visitors from every age group. Mall of Arabia also features an indoor games park, which is a major attraction for kids. Also it has an array of international as well as popular local brands under one roof.

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The beautiful city of Jeddah is an ideal holiday destination that is home to a diverse range of tourist attractions, from cultural to historical to religious to natural. This vibrant city ensures a memorable getaway for tourists. Adding the above-mentioned destinations to the Jeddah itinerary is sure to make the entire experience all the more pleasing and fulfilling.

FAQs About Best Places To Visit In Jeddah

Which are the top tourist places in jeddah.

Also known as Saudi Arabia’s cultural capital, Jeddah is home to beautiful tourist attractions. Famous for holy sites, beautiful beaches, magnificent structures and cultural landmarks, there is no dearth of things to do in Jeddah. Visitors can go stargazing at the Moon Valley, be at one with Allah at Al Rahma Mosque, explore the historical Al Balad region or satisfy their innate shopaholic at one of the many malls and marketplaces in the city.

Which are the best places to eat in Jeddah?

Apart from being home to attractive tourist destinations, Jeddah is also quite renowned for its amazing food culture. The city has a large number of cafes and restaurants that not only serve delicious traditional dishes but are also known for offering gastronomic international cuisines. Some of the famous restaurants in Jeddah are Byblos, Mataam al Sharq, Al Baik, KUDU, Moon Shell, Toki and Shobak.

Which are the top mosques in Jeddah?

Jeddah is home to a number of beautiful and important mosques. A few of them that you must see are the Al-Rahma or the floating mosque, the Island mosque, the Corniche mosque, Khadija Baghlaf Mosque, and the Jaffali Mosque.

Are there any museums in Jeddah?

Yes. Tourists can visit the Abdul Raouf Khalil Museum, Khuzam Palace Museum, Al Tayebat International City, and Nassif House Museum.

Are there any natural wonders in/around Jeddah?

Yes, the Obhur Beach and Moon Valley are two of the naturally beautiful places to visit in Jeddah.

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What to Do in Jeddah: 12 Modern Things to See in Saudi Arabia

Create an exciting itinerary and discover what to do in Jeddah by visiting 12 modern tourist attractions. As the second-largest city in Saudi Arabia, Jeddah is home to a variety of amazing museums and historical landmarks, but it also is famous for its modern attractions – and an astonishing number of Guinness World Records! Plan a trip to Jeddah and set some sightseeing records of your own.

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1. Spend a family day riding roller coasters at one of Jeddah’s THEME PARKS

Enjoy a night of rides and games at Al Shallal Theme Park , one of the most popular amusement parks in Saudi Arabia. This family-friendly park features thrill rides, gentle rides for kids, boat rides, arcade games, and a skating rink. There are also many shops and food stalls around the park as well as two full-service restaurants. The park opens every day at five o’clock in the evening and stays open late into the night with the rides lit up against the night sky.

Located on Corniche Road and featuring more than 100 rides, Atallah Happy Land Park is one of the largest amusement parks in Jeddah . Load up the family to enjoy a day of thrilling rides, video games, bowling, rock climbing and even ice skating. Atallah Happy Land Park also features a musical fountain, a 6-D theater and plenty of food choices.

Step into an African safari at Jungle Land Theme Park (Mersal Village) , one of Jeddah’s premier entertainment venues. Enjoy live lion shows, circus performances and a variety of amusement park rides. Mersal Village is located on the northeast edge of Jeddah, just a 10-minute drive from King Abdulaziz International Airport .

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2. Shop for souvenirs at MALL OF ARABIA

With three floors and hundreds of stores to choose from, it’s easy to spend a whole day shopping at Mall of Arabia . The mall features a modern white interior, fun art installations, and colorful LED lighting. Browse the many shops to find the best things to buy in Jeddah from designer fashion outlets, large department stores, electronic stores, beauty stores, and more. A giant food court on the ground floor holds a mix of Saudi Arabian and international cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy a full meal or light snack.

Check In to Mena Airport Hotel Jeddah , Step Out to Mall of Arabia

What to do in Jeddah-modern things to see-Mena Airport Hotel Jeddah

3. Relax in the sun at SILVER SANDS BEACH

Soft white sand and gorgeous turquoise waters await at Silver Sands Beach , a private beach along the Red Sea. Visitors will pay about $40 USD for entrance which includes access to the beach, use of the washrooms and change rooms, and access to various beach chairs for lounging in the sun. There is also a small cafe serving drinks and light meals. While this private Jeddah beach can get crowded on the weekends, it’s a great spot to soak up the sun, swim, snorkel, and dive in the impossibly blue waters.

Check In to Rosewood Jeddah , Step Out to Silver Sands Beach

What to do in Jeddah-modern things to see-Rosewood Jeddah

4. Marvel at the incredible sight of KING FAHD’S FOUNTAIN

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Jeddah is King Fahd’s Fountain , the tallest fountain of its kind in the world. The fountain blasts a stream of water from the Red Sea into the air to a maximum height of over 800 feet. While the water jet can be seen during the day from many places throughout the city, it is best appreciated at night when it is illuminated by hundreds of spotlights. This unique fountain is one of the top modern things to see in Jeddah.

Check In to Park Hyatt Jeddah Marina Club and Spa , Step Out to King Fahd’s Fountain

What to do in Jeddah-modern things to see-Park Hyatt Jeddah Marina Club and Spa

5. Swim with the dolphins at FAKIEH AQUARIUM

Tourists of all ages will enjoy a trip to Fakieh Aquarium , Saudi Arabia’s only public aquarium. This aquatic zoo in Jeddah houses over 200 marine species including sharks, stingrays, sea lions, and seahorses. Visitors can also enjoy a live dolphin show or even the opportunity to swim with the friendly dolphins for an extra fee. After the aquarium tour, pick up a fun souvenir at one of the many retail shops then enjoy fresh seafood at Blue Ocean Restaurant.

Check In to Sheraton Jeddah Hotel , Step Out to Fakieh Aquarium Jeddah

What to do in Jeddah-modern things to see-Sheraton Jeddah Hotel

6. Worship at the beautiful AL RAHMA MOSQUE

During high tide, the incredible Al Rahma Mosque appears to be floating in the Red Sea. The mosque was built at the edge of the Jeddah Corniche, a 30-kilometer stretch of coastal land filled with tourist attractions. While it does feature traditional architecture and Islamic art, this floating mosque also has a modern sound and lighting system for worship. The mosque is one of the best places to visit in Jeddah and is best viewed around sunrise or sunset with the light streaming through the stained glass windows.

Check In to Staybridge Suites Jeddah Alandalus Mall , Step Out to Al Rahma Mosque

What to do in Jeddah-modern things to see-Staybridge Suites Jeddah Alandalus Mall

7. Take a picture with JEDDAH FLAGPOLE at SAUDI FLAG ROUNDABOUT

At over 500 feet tall, Jeddah Flagpole holds the Guinness World Records title as the tallest unsupported flagpole in the world. It sits in King Abdullah (Bin Abdulaziz) Square at the Saudi Flag Roundabout and flies the official flag of Saudi Arabia. The flagpole can be spotted from many vantage points throughout the city and makes a great background landmark for tourist selfies. The tallest unsupported flagpole in the world is one of the best things to see in Jeddah , and it is just one of more than 30 Guinness World Records held by the city!

Check In to Elaf Suites Al-Andalus , Step Out to King Abdulaziz International Airport

What to do in Jeddah-modern things to see-Elaf Suites Al-Andalus

8. Enjoy a quick and delicious meal at AL BAIK

Whether it’s your first trip to Jeddah or your 50th trip, a quick stop at an Al Baik location is a must. This major Saudi Arabian fast-food chain opened in 1974 and serves a variety of fried chicken and seafood dishes along with crispy fries and their signature sauces. While there are hundreds of traditional restaurants to sample in Saudi Arabia, this modern classic is always worth a visit. Be sure to put Al Baik on your list when considering what to do in Jeddah .

Check In to Crowne Plaza Jeddah , Step Out to Al Baik

What to do in Jeddah-modern things to see-Crowne Plaza Jeddah

Photo credit: Tahir mq

9. shop, eat, and relax at red sea mall.

Another of the city’s most popular malls is Red Sea Mall , located near Jeddah Corniche . In addition to hundreds of local and international shops and restaurants, the mall is also home to the world’s largest indoor fountain, a cinema with 12 screens, a supermarket, and an arcade. Red Sea Mall is a great spot to shop for souvenirs or spend a relaxing afternoon window shopping. The giant fountain and gorgeous glass skylights make this mall of the best modern things to see in Jeddah .

Check In to Elaf Jeddah Hotel -Red Sea Mall , Step Out to Red Sea Mall

What to do in Jeddah-modern things to see-Elaf Jeddah Hotel -Red Sea Mall

10. Take a quick trip to BICYCLE SQUARE

When considering what to do in Jeddah for fun, be sure to plan a quick stop to Bicycle Square near King Fahd Road . Bicycle Square (also known as Midan Addarajah) is a roundabout featuring a 50-foot metal sculpture of a bicycle. The sculpture was first installed in 1982 and remains one of the city’s most famous and eye-catching art installations. You can take a quick drive by Bicycle Square or park to view the sculpture up close and take pictures.

Check In to Ascott Tahlia Jeddah , Step Out to Bicycle Square

What to do in Jeddah-modern things to see-Ascott Tahlia Jeddah

11. Approach the Seaport to view JEDDAH LIGHTHOUSE

Located on the north side of the Jeddah Islamic Seaport , the Jeddah Lighthouse is the world’s tallest lighthouse. The active lighthouse stands 436 feet (133 meters) tall and according to Guinness World Records “surpasses in structural height any other traditional and non-traditional lighthouse in active use.” While tourists are not permitted to enter the seaport, they can get a picturesque view of the lighthouse, as well as boats coming and going from the pier, from nearby tourist spots like Central Fish Market and Corniche Commercial Center . Jeddah Lighthouse is particularly stunning at night.

Check In to Staybridge Suites Jeddah Alandalus Mall , Step Out to Jeddah Islamic Seaport

What to do in Jeddah-modern things to see-Staybridge Suites Jeddah Alandalus Mall

12. Visit the eye-catching GLOBE ROUNDABOUT

Round out your tour of the top tourist attractions in Jeddah with a trip to Globe Roundabout , located at the intersection of Assalam Street and King Abdul Aziz Road . The giant metal globe sits in the middle of the intersection surrounded by Saudi Arabian flags. At night, the black and silver globe is lit up with blue and green lights, displaying a map of the world. Visit Globe Roundabout at night to take a selfie with your home country on the globe. Interestingly, this giant globe was designed by the same Spanish architect (Julio Lafuente) who designed the bicycle sculpture in Bicycle Square and other large art installations in Jeddah .

Check In to Velvet Hotel , Step Out to Globe Roundabout

What to do in Jeddah-modern things to see-Velvet Hotel

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One day in Jeddah Itinerary [+ what to do for 2 days]

Jeddah is the perfect introduction to Saudi Arabia.  Known affectionately as the “Bride of the Red Sea”, this port city is indeed adjacent to the Red Sea.  Jeddah is the city where many traders have visited over the centuries and where many pilgrims heading to Makkah (Mecca) arrive in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  The city is easy to navigate for Western visitors – everyone spoke excellent English with us or found someone who did, and the city and its inhabitants are friendly and open to tourism visitors.  We didn’t have a lot of time in the city, so here’s our one day in Jeddah itinerary.

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We visited Jeddah on a long layover.  With a Stop Over Transit visa (which I wrote about here ) available from Saudia Airlines and the Saudi Tourism Authority, you have the opportunity to spend up to 96 hours in the Kingdom.  Our stopover was for 3 nights and included a free transfer from the airport to our hotel and one free night in a hotel (the great Crown Town Hotel is the one we selected from their list – we then paid for 2 extra nights in the same hotel).

We arrived from Tunis, Tunisia at Jeddah International Airport (JED), met our transfer at the tourism booth at airport arrivals, and picked up the excellent introduction to Jeddah guide from them too (make sure you collect one it has some great ideas and places to go!) and then we headed to our hotel for a good night’s sleep before embarking on exploring Jeddah.

Jeddah tourism brochure

Getting Around Jeddah

Before I get into where to head for your one day in Jeddah, you’ll need to consider how you’re going to get around.  The historic old town area of Jeddah might be relatively small, but even from there to the Fish Market is a good 30-minute walk.  It was 33 degrees (91.4 F) when we visited and, while on our one day Jeddah itinerary we did walk nearly 11 kilometers (6.83 miles), I don’t recommend it, and we certainly came nowhere near getting to most places on foot.

You’ll need to either rent a car, take a taxi, or use a ride-sharing service to explore Jeddah in a short time.   We simply tapped up an Uber for all our transport.  It was simple, worked really well and all our drivers were great.  Regardless of how you get around Jeddah, if you’re flying out of the airport, then I wrote about the options available when going from Jeddah to the airport here.

If you’re going to use ride shares like Uber, then you’ll need a local SIM card – I wrote about the best options for Saudi Arabia Sims.

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Al Balad Jeddah

Take a tour of the Al Balad Historical Area

Take a tour in an air conditiond vehicle with an English speaking guide of the historical area of Jeddah, Al Balad. Get to explore the alleyways and souks.

Uber isn’t the only rideshare in town, there are others, like Careem and MyTaxi.  There’s the benefit that you don’t need cash for an Uber – you can read my article here on cash, paying for things, and all things money in Saudi Arabia.

Don’t forget if you rent a car, then you’ll have the added complications of finding somewhere to park, which isn’t always easy or quick here in Jeddah.

You can find all these great places to see in Jeddah on the map that I’ve included later in this article.

Get a great breakfast in Jeddah

Our hotel included breakfast in our rate, and so we were able to explore many of the superb Saudi Arabian breakfast items.  And a strong cup of coffee too.  However, if you don’t get breakfast included, then it’s worth making a stop at one of Jeddah’s breakfast hotspots.  The cuisine in Jeddah is VERY internationalised and you can find pretty much any cuisine you want.  But you’re in the Kingdom, so it’s worth checking out where you can get traditional breakfasts.

My favorite breakfast item was “Foul Medames”.  Mashed fava beans with seasoning, mixed with olive oil and lemon juice.  Served with warm pita bread it’s a gloriously moreish and filling breakfast. 

Foul Medames Saudi Breakfast

Try also Mana’eesh – savory pastries like flatbreads topped with herbs and spices (aka za’atar), and sometimes cheese and meat – eat hot from the oven.

Taybat Al Hejaz is one of the top places to eat a traditional breakfast in Jeddah.  Breakfasts here are good value for money and it’s always packed with locals. 

Head to the Fish Market in Jeddah

The central fish market in Jeddah is a wonder.  It’s about a 30-minute walk from the historic old part of Al Balad in Jeddah, although I don’t recommend walking.   It’s clean, and there are some incredible-looking fish here.  Many of the species are caught locally (Balad) and yet more come from further afield.  Local fish are cheaper.

Fish at the Jeddah Fish Market

Our Uber driver, Abdul, who picked us up from the fish market was delighted with Nigel’s name.

“It’s the same”, he said, “as one of our fish.”  The “najil”.  Yeah, we can see that.  So Nigel now responds to “Red Grouper” as well as his given name.

There’s a restaurant here, where you can take fish that you buy in the market and get it cooked.  It wasn’t open when we visited, but you may be luckier!

  • Address of the Fish Market in Jeddah:  As Salamah, Jeddah 23436, Saudi Arabia
  • Opening Times of the Fish Market in Jeddah:   05:00 to 22:00 (best in the morning)

Rehydrate in Jeddah

Jeddah is hot, hot, hot.  And even with the limited walking that we did it was easy to get dehydrated.  There are shadows to hide in within Al Balad, but it’s worth making a plan to stay hydrated.  Water, of course, is important, but so too is a drink called Sobia.  It’s a traditional drink in Saudi Arabia made of barley, cinnamon, cardamom, and sugar and it helps your body to retain water.  It’s particularly popular during the holy month of Ramadan.  And yes, I liked it!

Red Sobia and White Sobia

It’s a cold drink and while it’s available in white, red, or brown, with the red coloring coming from a strawberry flavor and the brown from tamarind, we could only find the red and the white.    Try it at the café of the same name, Sobia, in Al Balad.  I’ve marked it on the map.  Drinks cost 11 SAR each, and you can pay here with cash or card.

  • Sobia Café, Al Balad Jeddah Address:   6890 Barhat Amru Ibn Hilal, Al Balad District, 3192, Jeddah 22236, Saudi Arabia
  • Sobia Café Opening Times:   10:00 – 23:00 (Fridays 15:00 – 23:00)

Explore the Ancient Gates of Jeddah in Al Balad

Marking the traditional entrances to the old town area of Jeddah, Al Balad, (it translates to “the City” in English) are the ancient gates of Jeddah.  The wall that originally surrounded the old City was built by Hussain Al-Kurdi, one of the Mamluk Princes, to protect the city from the marauding Portuguese on the Red Sea.  Originally there were six gates along the city walls.  The walls are no longer standing, they were torn down in the 1940s, but you can find a rebuilt Old Jeddah Gate, by Allegiance Square and the Bab Sharif Gate in the south. 

The most famous of the gates, however, is the Bab Makkah Jeddah.  Jeddah has for centuries been known as the gateway to Makkah (Mecca).  This three-arched gate is a historic monument in the oldest area of Jeddah.  The gates are lit at night, so if you’re exploring Al Balad then it’s particularly atmospheric.  There was also an amazing cool breeze blowing as we stood underneath it, and that at the time was a major win!

The Makkah Gate Jeddah

See our map for the locations of the Jeddah Gates

Check out the UNESCO World Heritage Al Balad in Jeddah

Al Balad dates back to the 7 th century when the city of Jeddah was founded by fishermen.  This oldest part of Jeddah is found now in Al Balad.  Al Balad has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2014 and the buildings date from the 16 th century.   They are unique, built from coral limestone brought from the Red Sea.   The woodwork of the “rawasheens” – the ornate woodwork bay window coverings is also protected in this part of the city.   This decoration came about following the opening of the Suze Canal in 1869 – when rich merchants began decorating the traditional coral limestone buildings in this way.

Historic Al Balad Jeddah

There’s much restoration going on in Al Balad, to preserve these buildings, and you’ll need to gaze up and look closely to see some of the more ornate and beautiful history here.   There are two museums of note here in Al Balad.  They’re usually open on an evening from 17:00 until 22:00 – as you’ll most likely be eating at this time on your one day in Jeddah itinerary, I’ve included them in the second part of this article, adding a second day.

Rawasheens in Al Balad

Take a late lunch in the Red Sea Mall of Jeddah

Now you’ll kill two birds with one stone with this activity in Jeddah. Food and escape from the heat.  Eating in a mall at lunchtime in Jeddah is a great way to escape the heat of the day and honestly, by now you’ll be more than ready for a little air conditioning.   When we visited Jeddah the temperature was hovering around 33 degrees (91.4 F) and I was positively melting.  I’m not a big shopper, but the cool of the mall was very, very welcome.

Oh, and we were there also to buy a GoPro before we visited the next country on our trip, the Maldives.  We tend to eat our main meal of the day in the evening (and here in Saudi when it’s cooler that makes a lot of sense), so we were able to snack and have coffee in the mall.

The Red Sea Mall is also a good place to stop off on the way up to see the next stop on your Jeddah itinerary, the famous floating mosque of Jeddah.

Once you’re done with drinks, snacks, or lunch, you’ll want to head outside again, and pick up your transport (we recommend using Uber for a short trip in Saudi Arabia).

  • Address of Red Sea Mall, Jeddah:   Ash Shati, Jeddah 21146, Saudi Arabia
  • Opening Times of the Red Sea Mall, Jeddah:   09:00 to 12:00 (midnight).  Fridays 13:00 to 01:00

Discover the Al Rahmah Mosque aka the floating mosque of Jeddah

You’ll find the Al Rahmah Mosque, also known as the Fatima Al Zahra Mosque, or the floating mosque on the more northerly part of the Corniche in Jeddah.  Jeddah’s Corniche is the road that hugs the coast for 30 kilometers (86 miles). 

The Al Rahma Mosque Jeddah

The Al Rahma mosque was built in 1985 over the water of the Red Sea.  It is bright white with a turquoise dome.  Sunrise or sunset are said to be spectacular here (the day we visited the sun dipped nicely behind a big cloud at the end of the day).   There are decorative inscriptions, and stained glass, and the dome is held up by 8 pillars.    You can check the prayer times in Jeddah here.

  • Opening Times of Al Rahma Mosque Jeddah:   24 hours (but avoid prayer times)
  • Address of Al Rahma Mosque, Jeddah:   Corniche Rd, Ash Shati, Jeddah
  • Cost of Entry of Al Rahma Mosque Jeddah:   Free

Watch the Sunset on the Corniche in Jeddah

The Corniche in Jeddah is a coastal road, it includes recreational areas, pavilions, sculptures, and the highest fountain in the world (more on this soon), and it also leads you to the Saudi Arabia Formula One track!

While the streets of Jeddah might seem deserted during the day, apart from any tourists wandering around, it is as the sunsets that you’ll see the locals coming out.  Watching the sunset on the Corniche, on Jeddah’s Waterfront is a great place to see a slice of local life.

Sunset from the Jeddah Corniche

Families bring tea, and blankets and sit and watch the sunset as the day starts to cool a little.  It’s a great place to watch the sunset here in Jeddah and it’s very family oriented too.

Stand on a Formula One Track in Jeddah

The Formula One Track in Jeddah is in the north of the city, not far from the airport.  It’s said to be the fastest Formula One track on the circuit and has 27 corners, the most of any of the tracks around the world.

When there are events on the Jeddah Waterfront (the Jeddah Yacht Club is located here), they fence off the track, so you can actually walk across it.  Now that’s kind of cool!

On the Saudia Arabian Grand Prix Track in Jeddah

The first Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was held here in 2021 – won by Lewis Hamilton.  This is currently the second longest F1 track in the world (the longest is Spa in Belgium), and races only take place here at night, on this 6.175 kilometer (3.83 miles) track.  The max speed that’s been reached here is 322 kilometers per hour (200 miles per hour), although the cars tend to average a mere 240 kilometers per hour (150 miles per hour) !!

Have a drink overlooking the Corniche in Jeddah

Saudi Arabia is a dry country.  So you won’t be sipping a Gin and Tonic overlooking the water here.  What you should drink is juice or coffee.  The country is famous for both.  And I have to admit, the juices here were amazing.  So, so strong and tasty. 

The coffee is also distinctive as it is usually lightly roasted and flavoured with saffron, cinnamon, cardamom or cloves. It is served in small amounts and unsweetened but is usually served with something sweet such as local dates.

Don’t miss the King Fahd Fountain in Jeddah

The best view we had of the world’s biggest fountain was on our flight in – we flew into Jeddah on Saudia Airlines from Tunis (here’s our review of the business class flight ).  We sat on the left and got great views of the city and also the fountain.

The fountain usually doesn’t come on until the evening, when it’s also lit up and it’s a great spectacle.  Unfortunately, later when we wandered past after dinner, this area of the Corniche was closed (we visited during the Red Sea Film Festival, and this area was roped off for VIPs!)

The King Fahd Fountain Jeddah

The King Fahd fountain jets water up to 260 meters and is the world’s tallest fountain.  It’s named after King Fahd bin Abdulaziz, who ruled the kingdom from 1982 until 2005.  The fountain was opened in 1985 and is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records (it beats the second-tallest fountain in Seoul by 58 meters).

Water coming out of the fountain reaches 375 kilometers an hour (233 miles an hour) and it uses seawater from the Red Sea.   The fountain base is designed as a mabkhara – an Arabian incense burner and while it is using seawater, the water passes through a series of filters first, before reaching the pump, to protect it from rust and corrosion.  There are 500 LEDs that light it up at night.

Eat Local Specialties in Jeddah

Jeddah has heaps of restaurants that you can find all over the world, so make sure you find one that serves local food and local specialties.  Jeddah is famous for seafood and fish and also Hejaz cuisine.

You can find great well-priced seafood and friendly staff at the Saedi Restaurant on the Jeddah Waterfront.  Pick the fish, or seafood that you want – the prices per gram or kilo are clearly displayed and you do get to pick the specific fish.  It’s weighed and then cooked as you like it (grilled or fried, with an amazing glaze of local herbs and spices).  If you don’t like spice then let them know.  Saudi food usually makes good use of 4 main spices – cardamom, black lime, cloves, and cumin – so it’s not spicy hot, but spicy moreishly tasty.  Your fish here is served with bread, and dips, and salads are on request.  (We LOVED this place).  Even better it was within walking distance from our hotel, the Crown Town , and so after dinner, we spotted the King Fahd Fountain and then had a slow (it’s hot remember!) amble home.

Grilled Prawns from Saedi Restaurant

For a somewhat pricier meal, again on the waterfront, head to Al Nakheel .  This is where to come for the specialty dish of Saleeq Chicken and Milky Rice.  If you’ve never tried a savory rice pudding, then you need to come here.  It’s tasty, interesting, and worth the trip.    You may have to specifically ask for this dish, as we couldn’t find it on the English menu, but they were happy to serve it to us. We came here on our second night in Jeddah.

Saleeq Chicken with Milky Rice

English speakers were harder to find here, but our waiter was fabulous, and we were assigned to one of the super Sri Lankan staff, with whom we chatted about recent trips to Sri Lanka and his hometown of Negombo. 

Make this a 2 day Jeddah Itinerary

Our trip to Jeddah, via Saudia Airlines and the stopover visa gave us 70 hours and 20 minutes to explore the city.  Which is a little more than one day right?  So what I’ve covered above we actually did in two short days.  We took the opportunity to escape in the heat of the day to either our hotel room or to the air conditioning of the Red Sea Mall.   However, it’s easy to fit it all into one day.  And if you do that, then you’ll have time to explore further. 

Here are my suggestions on what to see on your second day in Jeddah

Go to the Aquarium in Jeddah

The Fakieh Aquarium in Jeddah is the first marine exhibition in Saudi Arabia and here, within a stone’s throw of the Red Sea you’ll find more than 200 species, 85% of which are native to Jeddah’s coral reefs.  You’ll walk through tunnels as the marine life swims around you, and get to see life that simply doesn’t exist anywhere else on the planet!

  • Fakieh Aquarium Address: Al Kurnaysh Br Rd, Al Nawras,  Next to, Al Kuranaysh Rd, Jeddah 23413, Saudi Arabia
  • Fakieh Aquarium Opening Hours:   10:00 – 23:00 (Fridays 12:00 – 23:00)
  • Fakieh Aquarium Entrance Fee:    Adults SAR 80, Children SAR 70

Visit the museums in Al Balad

If you’re adding a second day to your visit to Jeddah, then you’ll have time to fit in seeing them on the second day.  I’ll include another local restaurant that you shouldn’t miss that’s within walking distance of Al Balad, but first the museums.

The Matbouli House Museum is an old traditional home in Al-Balad District now operating as a museum.    You’ll find the traditional rawasheens and wooden ceilings as well as stairwells and uneven floors here.

  • Matbouli House Museum Address: Al Balad District, Jeddah 22236, Saudi Arabia
  • Matbouli House Museum Opening Times:   17:00 – 22:00
  • Matbouli House Museum Entrance Fees:   10 SAR

Located in an 1800s house, the Nassif House Museum displays the traditional crafts and architecture – which have been retained despite several renovations.  The house was built in 1880 and is a glorious 106-room coral stone mansion!

The artwork in the house dates to the 19 th century and there’s a library here housing more than 16,000 books!  This was once the home of King Abdulaziz AlSaud, so you’ll be walking the same halls as royalty!  

  • Nassif House Museum Address: Al Dhahab, Al-Balad, Jeddah 22236, Saudi Arabia
  • Nassif House Museum Opening Times:   17:00 – 22:00
  • Nassif House Museum Entrance Fees: Free

Nassif House Museum

Map of Things to Do in Jeddah

You can see the full map of Jeddah’s things to do here .

Map of how to spend 1 or 2 days in Jeddah

Eat More Local Specialities in Jeddah

I’ve got two more super offerings for local food for you here in Jeddah.  The first is a chain.  And it’s one that the Saudis love more than KFC.  That’s right.  It’s not just the Koreans who’ve adopted fried chicken as a staple food, it’s also the Saudis.

The Al Baik chicken shops are beloved by Saudis.  This fried chicken comes with its own secret spice mix.

Next up is a little street food, (although this is street food in a café setting) and this is within easy walking distance of Al Balad – so you can eat before heading to the museums or afterward.  Naji Al Harbi serves tasty, juicy kebabs with yogurt sides and is a firm favorite in the area.

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Final Words on a Perfect Jeddah Itinerary

I really didn’t know what to expect on our visit to Jeddah.  Clearly, this is a conservative country, so I wore long loose trousers and a long loose blouse the whole time I was there.  I didn’t wear, nor did I feel the need to wear a headscarf, although I had one in my bag at all times.  For us, an agenda that fitted into one day in Jeddah was the perfect amount of time but actually having two days in Jeddah meant that we could take it a lot easier in the heat.  We loved the opportunity to explore the food here over the time we were here and it was a great introduction to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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8 Best Things to Do in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Imagine a city brimming with tales from the past, thrilling events of the present, and a plethora of intriguing places to explore. Welcome to Jeddah, a city like no other, where the old and the new live in perfect harmony. Every corner holds fascinating insight of time-gone-by. The streets are modern, but still carry rich history, and the ancient sites offer exciting options for everyone. If you’re wondering about the best things to do in Jeddah, you’re in for a real treat!

However, if going alone sounds a bit daunting, it’s no problem at all, we at Tourist Saudi Arabia have got your back. Our amazing guides and local experts have tailor-made tours to provide you the safest and most exciting experiences. Use this guide of 8 things to do in Jeddah and get ready for your thrilling journey!

Where is Jeddah?

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Jeddah, the radiant cornerstone of Saudi Arabia’s Makkah Province, gleams with vitality on the country’s western periphery, along the majestic Red Sea. As the largest city in the region, Jeddah’s dynamic attractions and strategic location have made it a must-visit on many Jeddah Tours . 

Nestled close to the sacred towns of Mecca and Medina, it often prompts visitors to ask, “How old is Jeddah?” The answer lies in the city’s heart – historic Jeddah – where a rich tapestry of history mingles with the cityscape. This intriguing fusion beckons all who seek to discover its marvels and embark on an unforgettable journey.

When in the Year Should You Travel to Jeddah?

Jeddah, including its old town, offers a warm climate throughout the year. However, for a more comfortable experience, planning your visit between October and May is suggested as temperatures are more relaxed during these months.

Best Things to Do in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

1) go scuba diving in jeddah.

Red Sea Private Boat Tour from Jeddah

Immerse yourself in the beautiful world beneath the waves on a private Red Sea boat tour where you’ll dive into the crystal-clear waters of the Red Sea. Encounter a mesmerizing tableau of marine life, like vibrantly-colored fish, corals, and sea turtles. Glide through the aquatic realm and take in the breathtaking wildlife therein. See why Jeddah’s Red Sea resembles a dynamic, living art gallery ready to captivate and enthrall your senses. It’s more than a scuba diving venture, it’s an enchanting journey beneath the sea’s surface.

2) Tour Old Jeddah’s Al Balad

Jeddah Old Town

Another excellent thing to do in Jeddah is to voyage back in time through ancient, winding lanes of Al Balad, the historic heart of Jeddah. As you stroll along, gaze upon the centuries-old buildings, each telling a story of their own, etched in their weather-beaten yet still majestic facades. Feel the pulsating rhythm of the city’s past seeping through these structures, whispering tales of bygone eras. Let the aroma of traditional Arabian cuisine wafting from local eateries draw you in as you sample some of the region’s delectable dishes.

Engage with the welcoming locals, learn about their customs, and soak in the culture. Consider joining an organized tour to ensure a comprehensive and well-informed exploration of this treasure trove. Several excellent Al Balad tours are available, expertly crafted to give you an insightful and memorable journey through this historical gem.

3) A Haven for Bibliophiles: The Jarir Bookstore

Travelers to Jeddah will love the vast collection of books, electronic gadgets, and office supplies that can be found at the Jarir Bookstore. Right in the heart of Jeddah, this haven is perfect for book lovers and vintage-enthusiasts alike. From classic literature to graphic novels, the diverse range of books ensures there’s something for every reader. The tech section is equally impressive, offering the latest devices and accessories. Additionally, the store boasts a comprehensive selection of art supplies, making it a one-stop shop for creative minds. With its relaxing ambiance and inviting layout, the Jarir Bookstore offers a delightful retail experience in the bustling city of Jeddah.

4) Join a Jeddah Food Tour

Venture on a culinary escapade while exploring tours from Jeddah , a delightful blend of cultural immersion and cuisine tastings. Start your journey with traditional Arabian foods such as Kabsa or Mandi, or the sweet street food of Mutabbaq, a stuffed pancake. Sample new delicacies from numerous high-end restaurants and food stalls. Round off the day with a visit to a local coffee shop, sip on aromatic Saudi coffee while indulging in delightful conversations. The culinary scene in Jeddah, much like the tours from Jeddah, serves as a symphony of diverse flavors that promises to satiate all food enthusiasts. Consider this immersive private cooking class tour in Jeddah .

5) Explore Atallah Happy Land & Al-Shalal Theme Parks

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Relish in a day of amusement and endless entertainment at Atallah Happy Land Park, a perfect destination for children and adults alike. This park – replete with electrifying rides, interactive games, enticing eateries, and spectacular live performances – offers great activities for everyone. Whether you prefer the adrenaline rush of roller coasters or a carousel’s enchanting charm, there’s something for every visitor.

More adventure awaits at the Al-Shalal Theme Park, a seven-story entertainment paradise. Not only is this the largest theme park in Saudi Arabia, but in the whole Middle East! You’ll find it on the Jeddah Corniche. With numerous attractions, including an ice-skating rink, roller coaster, a pirate-themed ship area, and a vast array of restaurants and shops – this is a great entertainment stop. Daredevil travelers, couples, and families will have a fabulous time here.

6) Go Shopping in Jeddah

Another great thing to do in Jeddah is to wander the shopping scene while keeping an eye on the majestic Jeddah Tower as it nears completion. This bustling city is a retail paradise, with great shopping centers and elegant malls boasting an array of luxury brands at every turn. In addition, the awe-inspiring Jeddah Tower – planned to be the world’s tallest building – will grace the cityscape soon and satisfy those questioning, ‘When will the Jeddah tower be finished?’ You can also take advantage of local markets carrying traditional handicrafts, artisanal products, and unique souvenirs.

7) Visit Al Rahma Mosque in Jeddah

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See Al Rahma Mosque, known for its unique architecture and stunning views of the Red Sea. With its floating-like structure directly over the sea, this mesmerizing mosque symbolizes a beacon of faith, reflecting its tranquil beauty on the calm waters below. It’s a spiritual and architectural marvel worth experiencing during your Jeddah visit.

8) Conquer the Peaks: Hiking in Moon Valley

Embark on an adventurous hike through the mesmerizing landscape of Moon Valley. It’s an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise with towering peaks and panoramic views. Moon Valley is located in Jabal al Khadib, where you can explore beautiful vistas and rock formations.You can choose to camp under the stars or simply spend the day here. It’s one of the most fulfilling things to do in Jeddah, whether you’re an avid hiker or want to admire the beautiful landscape.

The Journey Ends, But the Memories Last Forever

The trip to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, promises a delightful blend of history, culture, adventure, and entertainment. After an immersive journey through Jeddah’s cultural richness, modern attractions, and lovely gastronomy, it’s apparent why it remains a must-visit destination. Whether diving in the Red Sea, wandering in Al Balad, or exploring local cuisine, Jeddah is sure to charm every visitor. Yet, this is merely the tip of the sand dune. Check out our other articles for more fascinating Saudi Arabian adventures.

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Jeddah Season 2024: Here’s what we know so far

Exciting events on the horizon….

Mark your calendars, folks. The much-anticipated Jeddah Season is making its grand return this weekend under the slogan “Once Again”.

The city is already buzzing with excitement as preparations are underway to transform iconic locations into entertainment and cultural celebration hubs.

Here’s what we know so far about Jeddah Season 2024.

According to the official Instagram account of Jeddah Season , the opening ceremony will be held on Thursday June 27 at 9.30pm at the Art Promenade area of the Jeddah Waterfront.

Planning to head down? You can look forward to fireworks, drone shows, and talented roaming acts and performers.

This year’s festival, which will run until September, will showcase a variety of entertainment, tourism, and cultural activities. Events will be held in several designated areas, including the City Walk, which offers a diverse mix of interactive experiences, motor and skill games, Arabic plays, concerts, restaurants, cafes, and retail stores.

But what’s really exciting is that the season will bring visitors on an ultimate adventure at the new Warner Bros. Discovery: Celebrate Every Story – hence the cartoon characters that have been popping up on its Instagram…

Held for the first time in the Kingdom, this family-friendly attraction will feature a host of interactive games and entertainment shows catering to fans of all ages. Visitors can look forward to entertaining experiences that celebrate renowned stories and characters under one roof, with a localised adaptation that will come with a Saudi Arabian twist. So, get ready to be whisked away on a trip down memory lane.

That’s not all. Jeddah Season 2024 will also host numerous events at Imagine Monet and Prince Majid Park, as well as international concerts.

The full event calendar, which has yet to be unveiled, includes activities such as live artistic and cultural performances, entertainment, sports, and tourism.

Watch this space as soon as we have more updates.

Jeddah Season 2024, June 27 to Sept. @jed.calendar

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Another tourist has been caught carving their name on Pompeii remains

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A tourist has been busted carving his name on a wall in Italy ’s ancient city of Pompeii.

The man was stopped while engraving the letters ‘ALI’ in the House of the Ceii, an ancient villa that probably belonged to the magistrate Lucius Ceius Secundus.

The preserved city in southeast of Naples , at the base of Mount Vesuvius, is one of the most significant proofs of Roman civilisation.

It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most popular tourist spots in Italy, attracting more than 2.5 million visitors every year.

As such, this latest act of vandalism on light plaster has caused a lot of outrage.

The man has so far been identified as a tourist from Kazakhstan, but he is yet to be named.

Photo shows the name written in one of the walls of the archaeological excavations in Casa dei Ceii

He was stopped on Saturday by security and reception staff while scribbling his name.

The Italian authorities have said he will be made to pay for restoration work to be carried out on the wall to remove the graffiti.

The exact cost of the damage is yet to be determined while an investigation into what happened is ongoing.

What happened to the tourist who carved his name Into Rome’s Colosseum?

A tourist went viral in June 2023 after being caught on camera carving names into the wall of the Colosseum.

The clip sparked outrage on social media, drawing criticism from Italy’s culture and tourism ministries.

Authorities set about hunting the perpetrator, and quickly identified him as Ivan Dimitrov , a 27-year-old fitness instructor living in Bristol.

The accused wrote a letter of apology to Rome’s mayor, Roberto Gualteri, after allegedly carving his and his girlfriend’s names into the almost 2,000-year-old landmark with a key.

Mr Dimitrov said he was unaware of how old the iconic Unesco World Heritage site was.

It was last reported in July 2023 that Mr Dimitrov faced legal proceedings.

The park director, Gabriel Zuchtriegel, described this as an ‘uncivilised’ act, adding: ‘Thanks to the new law supported by Minister Gennaro Sangiuliano, the perpetrator of the crime will have to pay for the restoration of the wall.

‘Well done to the ministry collaborators and the Ales company who promptly intervened. Excellent collaboration with the police, who we thank for their promptness.’

Meanwhile, Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement: ‘In Italy, our citizen was detained for illegally writing an inscription on a historical building.

‘After completing all the necessary formalities with law enforcement agencies, he was released.’

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Nashville tourism leaders unveil bold plan to manage rapid growth with safety

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  • Colin Reed of Ryman Hospitality Properties and Deana Ivey of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. co-chaired the strategic planning group.
  • The plan focuses on Nashville's reputation, public safety and the financial impact of the tourism industry.
  • The city's tourism industry is expected to continue to grow quickly over the next decade.

Nashville needs to undergo big changes to get its house ready for more visitors over the next decade and to maintain Music City's ascent, according to a sweeping new long-term strategy from its chief tourism executives.

"The Music City Strategic Plan," released to The Tennessean Thursday morning, calls on Metro Nashville to increase policing, asks bar owners to deter raucous behavior and challenges hospitality industry leaders to show support for improvements, among other recommendations.

"We have a great destination, but we also need to take care of it," said Deana Ivey, the president and CEO of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. "And we want to make sure that growth continues. The plan is our roadmap to tell us what we need to take care of."

The report says Nashville's reputation is threatened by "alcohol overconsumption, drug use and brawling," among other concerns.

Facing the challenges of ever-growing Music City tourism

It outlines eight objectives to push back on the problems and create several advisory groups and marketing campaigns to move the recommendations forward.

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Ivey co-chaired the report's strategic-planning groups with Colin Reed, executive chairman of Ryman Hospitality Properties, operator of some of Nashville's most famous brands including Opryland. Dozens of downtown business leaders took a hard look at the city to help develop the plan — from Garth Brooks' honky-tonk partner Max Goldberg and Metro Planning Director Lucy Kempf, to Titans President Burke Nihill and Fifth Third Bank executive Kevin Lavender.

"I think it tells a really powerful story about where we are as a city, how fragile and important this music-based entertainment is, and how the global growth is taking place as these artists are connecting with consumers all across the planet," Reed said. "And how this will stimulate future growth in this wonderful town."

The group has been meeting since late 2022 to address the biggest challenges facing Nashville's tourism industry. Their plan comes the same week as the Davidson County Medical Examiner's office released Riley Strain's autopsy report , revealing the 22-year-old visiting college student's excessive alcohol intoxication contributed to his accidental drowning after he left friends on Lower Broadway on March 8.

The tourism report found that: "A thriving hub in the heart of Nashville, the Downtown Tourism District has faced considerable challenges recently. Current issues on Broadway, such as overconsumption, overcrowding, and noise pollution, damage Nashville’s reputation as a warm, welcoming city."

It calls for more Metro Nashville police officers, added family-friendly attractions and, among other things, creates a Music City Local Host Committee of hospitality CEOs to attract big events, advise government leaders and raise private funds for events at the new Nissan Stadium.

The strategic plan is backed by some of the most influential voices in Nashville's hospitality industry. In the working group were leaders representing organizations like the Nashville Downtown Partnership, the Nashville International Airport, the Country Music Association and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Uniting state, local politicians around tourism growth

Tensions reached a fever pitch last year between Nashville's Democratic-leaning political leaders and Tennessee's Republican elected officials.

After Metro Nashville Council members rejected a bid for the 2024 Republican National Convention in 2022, state leaders lashed out against what they said was bad local fiscal management. Last year, state officials attempted to take over the Metro Nashville Airport Authority Board of Commissioners and sought to cut the number of Metro Council members from 40 to 20 .

Reed said the simmering tension is bad for tourism.

"We’re going to be sitting down with state leadership to present the impact of our industry. I’m hopeful we can have a calming effect," Reed said. "It’s about the education of these folks so they truly understand the power of this industry and where it is going."

Ivey said improving the experience for tourists downtown and maintaining Nashville's positive reputation is a top priority.

"If we don’t take care of our business and keep the city safe and clean, all that can go away," Ivey said. "It can go away quickly and the spigot could be turned off. That would be a real problem for this city."

They proposed new marketing campaigns highlighting the positive while also encouraging hospitality leaders to do more to curb the problems.

The city saw a record 16.8 million visitors in 2023 , and direct visitor spending amounted to $10.56 billion, up 6% from the year prior. The hospitality industry employs more than 70,000 people locally.

That's a dramatically different picture than just a decade ago.

"We’ve evolved," Reed said. "The things we are thinking about today as an industry are very different from the things we thought about a decade ago."

Moderate projections show that, within a decade, the number of tourists visiting Nashville could swell to more than 20 million people a year. Those tourists would leave behind hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues for Davidson County and the state of Tennessee, according to the report. Annual direct visitor spending could reach as high as $20 billion in 2034 if the growth of tourism keeps its current historic pace.

Growth in the hotel industry has also soared, resulting in increased revenue from the city's lodging taxes. The most aggressive revenue growth has come from the hotel occupancy tax, which has soared more than 262% over the past decade.

Hotel room supply has grown 59% since 2013, and more than 13,000 hotel rooms are currently in various stages of development , in addition to the approximately 40,000 that already exist.

Beyond downtown: Spreading the wealth with new housing, transit

While downtown's Lower Broadway is the most concentrated tourism hub, Nashville's distinct neighborhoods are increasingly on the list for visitors.

Neighborhoods like East Nashville, Germantown and the Gulch are especially popular for repeat visitors, and areas outside of downtown are noticed for their culturally diverse businesses and attractions.

That's why the strategic plan recommends the expansion of family-friendly attractions and increased support for Nashville's racially and ethnically diverse business owners.

"I think people misunderstand, or they assume, that the only tourism that is here are the people who are drinking on Broadway," Ivey said. "They don’t realize that there are visitors throughout all the neighborhoods."

Attracting a growing number of international tourists is a key priority as well. The report recommends additional global marketing focused on "ensuring an authentic and welcoming Nashville experience."

Reed said when it comes to supporting city-led efforts to expand access to public transportation and affordable housing , some of the dozens of hospitality leaders who contributed to the plan should be willing to throw support to the work.

"I’m very hopeful that these people will be supporting initiatives from elected officials," Reed said.

The report itself stresses the importance of robust attainable housing near the downtown core for the city's hospitality workers and creative community who work near downtown every day.

"We are pleased to hear that Mayor O’Connell will be proposing a transit initiative in 2024 and the industry will look forward to doing its part to advocate for greater investment in affordable public (transportation) for the benefit of our workforce and our visitors," the report says.

Reducing crime and improving the city's reputation

While overall crime only rose 1% from 2019 to 2022, violent crime jumped from 21% to 25% — mostly in areas frequented by tourists, the report states.

"We must combat a mentality that 'tourism at all costs' is healthy for our city’s growth and progress," says the report.

Solutions proposed are more security cameras, better street lighting, stricter rules for vendors and training for hospitality workers to help sexual assault victims and to intervene in dangerous situations , among others.

And it argues police staffing and pay, which starts at $45,000, should be increased.

"MNPD currently is roughly 200 officers short of budgeted officer staffing levels, the minimum headcount necessary for effective performance," the report states. "MNPD is struggling to attract, recruit, and retain police officers. This pay scale is problematic in a city experiencing significant cost of living increases. According to one analysis performed in 2022, the average compensation for the MNPD ranks ninth among police departments in Tennessee."

While downtown Nashville's problematic reputation is based in some fact, the area gets a bad rap considering its outsized economic contribution to the county, the report says.

"Hospitality is the second largest industry in Nashville and Tennessee, directly employing more than 70,000 residents," states the report. "Music City’s reputation, major events and new state-of-the-art hospitality assets are sources of pride and enjoyment for Nashvillians."

The report recommends a "communications campaign" focused on the hospitality industry's large economic impact and highlighting its community assets like restaurants, sports arenas and concert venues.

"Despite these benefits, in recent years, many residents have blamed the tourism industry solely for the angst many feel due to the city’s recent growth challenges," it states.

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    Al Balad. Grave of Hawwa. Nassif House Museum. JetSki/Speed Boat. King Abdullah Economic City. Bikini Beach in Saudi Arabia. Jeddah Flagpole. Bicycle Roundabout. Jeddah, the 'bride of the Red Sea' has many tourist attractions, picnic spots, places to visit, and things to do that you need weeks to explore.

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    Coordinates: 21.626174, 39.113796. 1. King's Fountain. Jeddah in a way is incomplete without its imposing fountain and maybe that's why it features on the top of this list. Holding the record for being the tallest fountain in the world, the King Fahd Fountain is the most prominent landmark of the city.

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    Atallah Happy Land Park, one of the most popular Jeddah attractions. 7. Al-Shalal Theme Park, one of the fun things to do in Jeddah. 8. Go on a shopping spree in Jeddah. 9. Visit Al Rahma Mosque, One of the beautiful Places in Jeddah. 10. Marvel at King Fahd's Fountain.

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    16. Jeddah Waterfront, Corniche: Well-known for its stunning beauty, Jeddah Waterfront is one of the must-visit tourist attractions in the city. It is situated along the beautiful Red Sea and features a winding pier, sculptures, swimming bays, leisure activity areas, lush-green parklands and pavilions.

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    Create an exciting itinerary and discover what to do in Jeddah by visiting 12 modern tourist attractions. As the second-largest city in Saudi Arabia, Jeddah is home to a variety of amazing museums and historical landmarks, but it also is famous for its modern attractions - and an astonishing number of Guinness World Records! Plan a trip to Jeddah and set some sightseeing records of your own.

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    The chic Ash Shati spot has promisingly juicy sliders, a lively atmosphere with a DJ and funky décor for a quick 'gram update. Catch the games, cheer with the fans and fuel up on fun bites. Don't forget to sip on the signature pistachio latte. Open Tue-Sun 8am-4am; Mon 8am-2am. Ash Shati, themonkeyslounge.com.

  17. What to Do and See in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

    Yachting and Cruising the Red Sea. Living and working in Jeddah offers many opportunities to enjoy one of the best water bodies in the world. Besides scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, and windsurfing or kite surfing, one of the better things to do in Jeddah is to take boat trips up and down the Red Sea and its inlets.

  18. One day in Jeddah Itinerary [+ what to do for 2 days]

    Jeddah is the city where many traders have visited over the centuries and where many pilgrims heading to Makkah (Mecca) arrive in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The city is easy to navigate for Western visitors - everyone spoke excellent English with us or found someone who did, and the city and its inhabitants are friendly and open to tourism ...

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    Jeddah, the radiant cornerstone of Saudi Arabia's Makkah Province, gleams with vitality on the country's western periphery, along the majestic Red Sea. As the largest city in the region, Jeddah's dynamic attractions and strategic location have made it a must-visit on many Jeddah Tours.

  20. Time Out Jeddah

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  28. Dubai Summer Surprises returns for 2024, bringing big sales, huge

    The programme, led by the Government of Dubai and Dubai Tourism, promises 65 days of fun, huge discounts and even big prizes. It will kick off with the Dubai 12-hour sale on Friday June 28 with up to 90 per cent off on some of the city's most popular brands between 10am and 10pm.

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