Gold Souks : Al Balad Souk in Jeddah is the most prominent souks in Jeddah. This dazzling little market in Jeddah is a gem so precious not to visit. You can shop your heart out for oud, perfumes, beautiful abayas.
What to wear while in Saudi Arabia ?
Dressing moderately is important. One might feel that this is religious restriction, However it is not just a religious things but a Cultural Tradition as well.
The reports that we see in Media, about Muslim women being forced to wear Hijab. But the US media fails to show or deliberately not show that even Men wear a White Kurta and a Turban. This dress code is not to enforce anything on anyone but is suitable as per the Climatic conditions.
If you are from a Western country, you might take it otherwise. Because it could be a cultural shock to you in the same way as coming to Countries like India or China might come as a cultural shock to any other Traveller. Do not intrude their culture and eventually you will fall in love with the place. I did the same , I too got in the culture and bought a Hijab or a Abaya and donned the same for the whole time.
You can buy various ranges of Abaya from local shops in Saudi. These are not the best quality but the designs and colors are to fall in love with
Food culture and Cuisines in Saudi Arabia
I believe in eating the Traditional food while your stay in the country. I consumed not only the traditional food but also some of the famous Food Chains as well . Saudi Arabia is made of people from different races , culture and regions. This reflects in the cuisine as well. But the Saudi Arabia or KSA ensures to keep intact their traditional food alive to get popular in food tourism.
You can thank the Egyptians for this tasty vegetarian treat . Falafel consists of Boiled Minced Chickpea into Balls. Then it is put in a Flat bread with sauces and eaten like Rolls or sandwiches
It originated from Levantine cuisine. You will get it in any part of the world. I am sure you know what it is !
Kapsa : Rice made with Chicken and Kapsa Spices
It is similar to Baida Roti (in India). But stuffed with minced Chicken or Lamb
Harees or Jareesh
Arab dish of boiled, cracked, or coarsely-ground wheat, mixed with meat. Its consistency varies between a porridge and a dumpling
Maqluba is a traditional Arab dish which consists of of chicken or meat (mostly lamb). Fried vegetables are added, then cooked in layers with rice. I found it similar to Biryani.