Jeddah is not a name that is usually with tourists and holidays. Try Googling exotic holiday destinations and you will get a list that includes Bali, The Maldives, Goa, Hawaai, Dubai, Fiji etc but Jeddah definitely will not be among them. However, that does not mean Jeddah tourism is boring. In fact Jeddah has a lot to offer tourists by way of sightseeing, activities and is the home of some very good shopping mall in Saudi Arabia.
JEDDAH TOURIM AT ITS BEST
Let us look at some of the things that Jeddah has to offer tourists.
BOAT TRIPS AND SCUBA DIVING
Located on the Red Sea, Jeddah offers the most spectacular marine life ever seen. Jeddah is also the best place to learn diving if you are interested. Al Nakheel Beach Al Ghulam Resort is one of the best venues for day and night diving. It has a diving shop and equipment for hire, and facilities for refreshments.
If you want to move out of Jeddah, then Taif is the place to go. It is a 3km drive and in the mountains where you get to see wild baboons. It is much cooler than compared to the rest of Saudi Arabia and the before the invention of air conditioners, the king had his own palace where he could retreat to during the scorching summer months.
A day spent along the Abdul Raouf Khalil will take you through the various civilizations like the Ottoman Turks and anglers who lived in the area. You can culminate your cultural journey at the Andalusia Restaurant where you can entice your taste buds to the finest Moroccan cuisine.
A family restaurant, you can relax and dine on the terrace that overlooks the beautiful waterfront. The open kitchen allows you to watch your menu being prepared. Your ultimate dining experience.
The next thing that Saudi Arabia has in abundance after oil is shopping malls. Jeddah is the ultimate Mecca for shoppers. It has quite a number of malls, which range from the small ordinary ones to the classy luxurious ones, including the largest shopping mall in saudi arabia, the Red Sea Mall. You can shop till you drop at this mall as it has a range of everything of everything. From simple frilly lingerie to designer electrical items, you can get it here. There is an area for children’s’ activities too and as with all malls, a huge food outlet.
See the history of Jeddah unfold at Al Balad and travel back in time. Al Balad has a number of souqs, houses with ancient designs and architecture that reflect the true essence of ancient Saudi culture. The most popular and oldest building here is Al Naseef House, that is filled with the beautiful stories of the past.
Jeddah, the hidden jewel of tourism, is definitely a must for all tourists who are looking for a variety of activities from relaxing to shopping and sightseeing. There is something for everyone in this city, not to forget its nightlife too. Remember Jeddah is a city that never sleeps. Next time you are looking to go on holiday remember to look up Jeddah too.