Entertainment or tourism – Jeddah has it all

Jeddah or even Saudi Arabia is not commonly thought of as a holiday destination. In fact, most people actually think that the only reason to visit Jeddah would be that you are a Muslim and therefore need to fulfill one of the pillars of Islam – A Once in a lifetime Hajj to Mecca.  Well, that is partially true. One would have to Visit Jeddah to go on Hajj as it is through this city that the gateway to Mecca and Medina open.

Every Muslim has to come into Jeddah and then go from here to Mecca and Medina; it is, therefore, a pilgrimage of Jeddah too that every Muslim goes on when he goes to pray at the Ka’aba.

However, Jeddah is popular for many other reasons apart from the religious one. It is actually an ideal tourist spot as it has a lot to offer tourists – from sightseeing, beaches, five-star resorts, the beautiful Red Sea, shopping Malls, history and culture as well as having some of the best entertainment venues in Jeddah.

WHY JEDDAH?

Jeddah is not a typical “Muslim” city with strict and oppressive laws, even for the women and that is why a lot of the Saudis prefer to live in this city. Even for tourists, there are a lot of places to go to and things to do and therefore when you are thinking of a holiday, Jeddah should definitely be in your shortlisted venues, a place to visit at least once.

WHAT AND WHERE IN JEDDAH

Apart from being the Best Entertainment Venue In Jeddah, there is so much more beckoning to everyone to visit it.

BOULEVARD

A venue of upper-end luxury shopping. It houses the finest selection of global brands for women, men and children of all ages. It houses 36 boutiques, including the flagships Gucci, Armani, and Prada signatures.

The luxurious shopping can be followed by an equally luxurious dining experience; of course, it is all gourmets. Chocolate house Patchi is a favorite for all those with a sweet tooth.

DURRA BEACH

An integrated tourist city located on the northern coastline of the Jeddah Red Sea, the Durra Beach Resort houses 175 well-furnished units, 39 suites and 14 bungalows. Other amenities include three swimming pools, Jacuzzi, sauna, a playground for children, restaurants, a health club, gymnasium and a Riding Academy. Golden sand beaches, fishing, diving, speedboats, windsurfers, jet skis and beach parasols complete the picture. A place with a difference – where everyone can enjoy.

THE RED SEA MALL

A visit to Jeddah would be incomplete if you did not experience the ultimate shopping experience in Jeddah. This mall, known as the sea of shopping and entertainment is yet another venue where there is something to occupy each and every one of you – the best shopping experience of your life, feasting to your heart’s content, entertainment galore for the children and the adults and to complete the day, a relaxing night at the five-star Al Elaf Hotel. A venue for the Mamas and the Papas, the Grandmas and the Grandpas, the young and old, tots and teenagers, all will have fun.

AL SHALLAH THEME PARK

Spread over 600,000 square metres on the Jeddah Cornish, it sees an average of one million visitors every year. It is said to be the best amusement park in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Roller coaster or skating on the ice rink, boating or a meal in one of their themed Chinese and Lebanese restaurants, Al Shallah Theme Park is definitely one that is a must for every visitor to this beautiful city.

THE JEDDAH CORNICHE

Known as the 100km stretch of fun on the Jeddah coast, the Corniche hosts a number of recreational sports facilities, tourism and entertainment venues. The famous King Fahd Fountain is also located here. The northern and central parts of the Corniche are lined with beautiful artwork and sculptures. In fact, Jeddah is famous for having the largest number of sculptures in the world as well as artwork of renowned artists like Moore, Miro and Arp.

Beautiful mosques, such as the Fatima Al-Zahra Mosque, also known as the floating mosque and the Hassan Enany Mosque are also found along this beautiful stretch.

FAKIEH AQUARIUM

The only aquarium in Saudi Arabia, it offers the wonders of the underwater world in the Red Sea. The amazing marine life has been brought in from seas and oceans all over the world.

Visitors are entertained to Dolphin and Seal Lion show every day.

Now that you know that visit Jeddah is much more than an Islamic City, make a note to visit it in the very near future and enjoy delights that are not found anywhere else.

Jeddah – the city of family entertainment and shopping

Jeddah, the second largest city in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is associated with words like Hajj, Mecca, Medina, rich oriental markets, souqs and its rich choice of shopping malls. A major trading city, it also is an ideal city for a family holiday and there are places of Entertainment in Jeddah that are ideal for the whole family.

PLACES FOR FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT IN JEDDAH

Attalah Happyland Theme Park – Spread over 45,000 square kilometers with a beautiful view of the sea, it is one of the oldest, biggest and elegant parks in Jeddah. Special sections have been constructed indoors for the younger children whilst the older children and adults enjoy in the outdoor setup.

Royal Maktabat or Stationery Fantasies Water Park – Located on Sultan Street, it is only for children. It consists of water slides and pools, with a shopping mall attached to the water park. Mothers can monitor their children in a waiting room whilst trained personnel look after the children. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase.

Intenso – With the facility of a snooker table, car racing, and play station game consoling, this place is geared for the older children. It also has a bowling area, as well as a leisure area serving snacks and beverages.

Fayfa zoo and garden – ideal for the nature lovers, it is located on Tahlia Street. The garden has a shop that sells plants and other planting material as well as a zoo and a cafeteria.

Al Shallal Theme Park – This park is rated as one of the best for the whole family. It consists of a beautiful landscape with a lake and a number of restaurants. The Amazon Wood Roller Coaster Ride and the bowling area are a firm favourite of the children.

A POPULAR SHOPPING DESTINATION

A visit to this city would be incomplete if you did not enjoy the experience of Shopping Mall Jeddah. The city has a number of modern shopping complexes which house luxury clothing,  perfume shops, designer brands, interesting souvenirs, and antique shops, such that you can spend the whole day just looking at the products displayed in the windows.

Popular shopping malls Jeddah include:

Mall of Arabia – This shopping centre offers a large choice of different products at very competitive prices.  At certain times of the year, the mall offers designer items at very budgeted prices.

Red Sea Mall – This amazing mall is considered to be the best shopping mall in Jeddah. It is said to be located in the best part of the city and houses almost everything under one roof. Whether it is shopping, eating or bowling, it is the ideal place for the whole family. With something for everyone, hordes of people thring it every day for fun, recreation, shopping, eating or just chillaxing.

Herra International Mall – This is one of the top rated malls in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It houses over 350 shops, including brands like Zara, Next, Boots, Diesel and Mothercare to name a few. It also has a full-fledged food court with eateries like McDonald’s, Subway, Taco Bell and Starbucks serving the clients who walk through their doors.

Whether it is shopping, entertainment, or just a last day by the sea, Jeddah is the place for you. The ultimate holiday paradise for one and all.