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The city of Jeddah is located in Saudi Arabia’s Makkah Emirate, one of the largest cities in the region and a key economic center for the country. Jeddah is served by King Abdulaziz International Airport, which operates as a major international hub and is the largest airport in Saudi Arabia.

Jeddah is the main gateway for the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina, so it sees a large number of pilgrims traveling through the city on their way to one of these locations. However, Jeddah itself isn’t as tightly bound by religious rules and customs as one would expect. It’s not uncommon to see tourists and locals taking part in the dining, moderate nightlife, and beach activities along the Red Sea coast. Besides the seaside activities, Jeddah is also well known for its interesting old town, known as Al Balad. Here, visitors will find many historic buildings, most of which are currently in disrepair but offer an interesting glimpse into the region’s past. Spend time exploring some of the traditional markets such as the famous Naseef House, which is now something of a museum and cultural center and definitely worth seeing to get a real feel for how the cities’ merchants and locals must have once lived.

There’s certainly plenty to see and do in Jeddah, and the General Directory for Culture and Tourism in Jeddah is a great resource for visitors to this city looking to get the most out of their time in this sprawling metropolis in one of the richest areas of the world.

Find out where even more of the hotels, attractions, and must-see destinations of Jeddah are located by exploring the interactive map on this page.