Jeddah is many different things to its many millions of annual visitors.
To Muslims, this dazzling port city is the gateway for Haji pilgrimages to the sacred Islamic cities of Medina and Mecca. To business travellers, sprawling Jeddah—the largest port on the resplendent Red Sea—is one of the most important commercial and finance capitals of the region. And to tourists, Saudi Arabia’s second-largest city is a modern Middle Eastern metropolis offering world-class dining, splendid beaches, a fascinating old town, and phenomenal scuba diving.
So explore the winding lanes and lively souqs of al-Balad, the city’s historic old town. Walk the spectacular Corniche, a coastal 30-kilometre stretch lined with huge sculptures, parks, mosques, restaurants, and amusement parks. Above all, expect to experience a city like no other in Saudi Arabia.