Jeddah is a port city on the Red Sea, it’s a brimming commercial hub and is often used as gateway for pilgrimages to the Islamic holy cities Mecca and Medina. There are many luxury hotels to stay at and lots to do. We have chosen 10 of the best things to see and do in Jeddah.
King Fahd’s Fountain
This incredible fountain blasts a stream of water from the Red Sea to an incredible height of nearly 1,000 feet in the air. The saltwater jet is propelled upward at a speed that can reach more than 200 miles per hour. An impressive feature about this fountain is that the water used comes directly from the Red Sea, so no fresh water is wasted. If you were to measure the total amount of water that was in the air at any given moment, the weight would equal about 18 tons.
Al-Shallal Theme Park
AlShallal Theme Park is spread over an area of 60,000 square meters, in an ideal location on Jeddah Cornish. Per year they have around 1Million visitors. They went into a major transformation over the past few years, with the aim to becoming “The best Amusement Park in KSA. ” AlShallal, is an ideal location for the family to enjoy themselves, be it on the thrill rides of the new Sling Shot or the Roller Coaster, or having a fun skate on the ice rink, or taking a boat ride around the lake. They can also enjoy a dinner in our themed Chinese and Lebanese restaurants.
The historic center of Jeddah, Al-Balad attracts many people every year, eager to experience the sight of old-world architecture dating from the 7th century. This sits alongside the leading lights of 21st-century commerce. Populated with historic mosques, modern shopping malls and traditional markets known as souks, there is plenty to explore in Al-Balad.
Nassif House (Bayt Nassif) is situated in the old town of Jeddah on al-Alawi Street. It was built between 1872 and 1881 by Sheikh Umar Effendi al-Nassif, famous in the city of Jeddah. The house is also known as “the house with the tree,” for it opens onto a square with a neem tree, the only tree in Jeddah until the 1920s. The house was designed by a Turkish architect, and is therefore unusual when compared with other historic Jeddah residences.
Our final choice isn’t actually finished yet, completion of this ambitious project is set to finish in 2020. Once it is done however, a true marvel will be introduced to the world in the form of the world’s tallest building. When the 3,280-feet-tall (1,000-meter-tall) Jeddah Tower, in Saudi Arabia, opens in 2020, it will knock Dubai’s iconic Burj Khalifa off its throne as the tallest skyscraper in the world by 236 feet (72 meters). Construction of the landmark is estimated to cost $1.4 billion.