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.
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.
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.
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.
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.