Jeddah for you.

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Photo of Jeddah for you. by Shinjini Majumder

Saudi Arabia isn't exactly on your vacation list and I get it but if you don't keep it after the article, you're definitely missing out on things that are worth not missing out.

I think people fear: the worst and things they don't know enough about. Change both and head Saudi's way sooner than later.

Jeddah, you beauty. Image taken from the Instagram account of @eman_mohd.

Photo of Jeddah for you. by Shinjini Majumder

Where's Jeddah, yo?

Jeddah or Jaddah is the second largest city in Saudi Arabia after the capital, Riyadh.

● It's the commercial capital.

● It is the largest city in the Makkah province and the largest sea port on the Red Sea.

● The city has been termed "most open" and "different" by most Saudi states in an effort to promote tourism in the region.

The area code is +966-12; the language that is commonly used in the region is Arabic although if you're South-east Asian you would find many immigrants. Although English is understood as well, not as well though.

Jeddah streets. Image taken from the Instagram account of @abduowais.

Photo of Jeddah for you. by Shinjini Majumder

When you have to decide on things to see in Jeddah, you'll have to understand that despite being open to tourists, Jeddah is quite popular for the display of cosmopolitanism as compared to the other Saudi states. However, Jeddah boasts of museums, art galleries and it might sound funny but amusement parks. Good ones actually, as I've been told.

Things To Do In Jeddah:

Jeddah being the gateway to Makkah and on the soil of Arabia is expected to have exceptionally celebrated architecture in their masjids. And so, that is where I shall begin.

King Saud Mosque

King Saud Mosque. Image taken from the Instagram account of @_ililiban_

Photo of King Saud Mosque, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia by Shinjini Majumder

The dome. Image taken from the Instagram account of @amr_abari

Photo of King Saud Mosque, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia by Shinjini Majumder

The central Iwan. Picturesque, ain't it? Image taken from the Instagram account of @mostafaallam

Photo of King Saud Mosque, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia by Shinjini Majumder

About: Designed by the Egyptian architect, Abdel-Waheed El-Wakil, the mosque reached completion in the year, 1987. The layout is similar to the Great Mosque of Esfahan in Iran (Jameh Mosque of Isfahan) with four iwans opening to the central court. However, the minaret is modelled from the Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan, Egypt. The mosque is studied architecturally and rightly so, it's a splendor. You gotta be here when here.

Al-Rahma Mosque

The mosque in all the glory. Image taken from the Instagram account of @megayuputri

Photo of Al Rahma Mosque, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia by Shinjini Majumder

Inside the mosque. Image taken from the Instagram account of @fauzanariif

Photo of Al Rahma Mosque, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia by Shinjini Majumder

Scenic, yeah? Image taken from the Instagram account of @liyocentric

Photo of Al Rahma Mosque, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia by Shinjini Majumder

About: Built in 1985, the mosque resides in a very picturesque location. But what fascinates is the architecture of the mosque itself. Also, known as the Jeddah Floating Mosque and Fatima al Zahra Mosque, it is located in the north coast of the Red Sea. You can't really not discuss the floating status while talking about the mosque. The mosque isn't really floating, it only appears so. The base is supported by several strong columns which give the impression of the 'floating mosque' during high tides.

King Abdullah gate

The Grand King Abdullah gate. Image taken from the Instagram account of @emyxrahman

Photo of King Abdullah Road, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia by Shinjini Majumder

The beauty that this is. Image taken from pinterest.

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One of the extensions of the King Abdullah gate. Image taken from the Instagram account of @jeng.wied

Photo of King Abdullah Road, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia by Shinjini Majumder

About: None ends without the direction of the Mecca. The entrance to Mecca from Jeddah would be through the King Abdullah Gate which in itself is such a splendor that you have to spare a while just to marvel at the sheer beauty that it is. With the addition of 2 minarets to the King Abdullah gate, the total number of minarets in all of the Grand Mosque turns 11. The al-Masjid al-Haram or the Sacred Mosque is the largest mosque in the world. And the entrance was structured to fit the glory. You cannot not come here when in Jeddah.

There are several other mosques like Al-Harthi Mosque, Aisha Mosque, Khadija Baghlaf Mosque, Jaffali Mosque etc. And believe me you, they're all marvelous. If you were me, you'd not miss any of the mosques.

So what's there apart from the mosques? Hit the museums first. Then the art galleries and then you go to the other places of interest and then, you chill at malls. Because...? Because why not, why not.

Museums and Art Galleries-

Al-Tayebat International City

Absolutely stunning, no? Image taken from the Instagram account of @nihancc

Photo of Al Tayebat International City, Rayhanat Al Jazirah, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia by Shinjini Majumder

Stunning. Image taken from the Instagram account of @valentina.travel

Photo of Al Tayebat International City, Rayhanat Al Jazirah, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia by Shinjini Majumder

About: The museum is a part of the International Tayebat City of Science and Knowledge. Built in the typical architectural style of old Jeddah, the Hijazi style, the museum is a city in itself. With 360 showrooms showcasing artefacts from the lives and homes from different periods, it doesn't take anything lesser than 4 hours to explore. On weekdays, a group of 10 is the only way to enter the museum. Or the smaller group would have to pay for the remaining members. However, one is free to visit as they like on Saturdays. The fee is 500 riyals for 10 members, 50 riyals per person.

Beit Al Balad

The Beit Al Balad's courtyard. Image taken from

Photo of Al-Balad, Jeddah, Makkah Province, Saudi Arabia by Shinjini Majumder

The Al Balad. Image taken from hikersbay.com

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The Beit Al Balad's courtyard. Image taken from

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About: Another beautiful example of Hijazi architecture, the Beit Al-Balad. It was built in the early 20th century to serve as the headquarters to the British. And so it was from 1915 to the mid-1930s. However, it now stands as museum housing artefacts, photographs and documents that witnessed Jeddah's beauty in the era.

Biet Nassif

Tiles from the old flooring that remains unchanged. Image taken from the Instagram account of @lujainabulfaraj

Photo of Al-Balad, Jeddah, Makkah Province, Saudi Arabia by Shinjini Majumder

A different set of tiles. Image taken from the Instagram account of @lujainabulfaraj

Photo of Al-Balad, Jeddah, Makkah Province, Saudi Arabia by Shinjini Majumder

The wording clearly looked aged and so the tiles. Image taken from the Instagram account of @lujainabulfaraj

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A view indoors. Image taken from the Instagram account of @lujainabulfaraj

Photo of Al-Balad, Jeddah, Makkah Province, Saudi Arabia by Shinjini Majumder

About: As you can see from the pictures, this is basically a really old house which has been preserved through time with much love by the owners. You don't have to be a student of architecture to admire the woodworks and ways of life that were prevalent back in the day. It was built in 1872 in the centre of the city by Mr. Omar Afandi Nassif, one of the prominent families that resided in Jeddah. The house is built from local materials and the woods in the ceilings were brought from India and Indonesia in addition to the woods used from a massive ship that sank in the Red Sea.

Athr Art Gallery

Is this anything but captivating or what? Image taken from the Instagram account of @athrart

Photo of Athr Gallery, Jeddah, Arabia by Shinjini Majumder

Very chic indeed. Image taken from the Instagram account of @athrart

Photo of Athr Gallery, Jeddah, Arabia by Shinjini Majumder

Loved these pieces. Image taken from the Instagram account of @athrart

Photo of Athr Gallery, Jeddah, Arabia by Shinjini Majumder

About: This is a typical chic art gallery that you must expect to find in every city. That space which promotes contemporary and modern art and artists and is quite Western in their display of art. However being true to their Arab roots, you'll not miss the predominant Arabic cultural influences. If I were you, I would surely visit this gallery with a cup of coffee in hand and a lot of time in my pocket.

Malls then...?

Red Sea Mall

Snazzy yeah? Image taken from the Instagram account of @redseamallksa

Photo of Athr Gallery, Jeddah, Arabia by Shinjini Majumder

Expensive stuff. Image taken from the Instagram account of @redseamallksa

Photo of Athr Gallery, Jeddah, Arabia by Shinjini Majumder

Luxury, luxury everywhere. Image taken from the Instagram account of @redseamallksa

Photo of Athr Gallery, Jeddah, Arabia by Shinjini Majumder

About: This is your typical rich people's mall. Every city has its own version of a rich people's mall. This, my friends, is a mall dripping luxury. Do not feel Saudi Arabia is all about moderation. The kingdom is all about living extravagantly albeit in private. I doubt you'd miss your fancy mall back home once here or worse, despise the malls you're used to. Sad life.

Mall of Arabia

Swanky Arabs make malls this Arab. Image taken from the Instagram account of @n_hasanah

Photo of Mall of Arabia, Al-Nuzhah, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia by Shinjini Majumder

Gorgeous eh? Image taken from the Instagram account of @dianafn

Photo of Mall of Arabia, Al-Nuzhah, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia by Shinjini Majumder

Kill me already. Kill me with that food love. Image taken from the Instagram account of @ishiiv_

Photo of Mall of Arabia, Al-Nuzhah, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia by Shinjini Majumder

About: So there are malls that are so swanky that make you feel underdressed even in your fanciest dinner gown (or tux or anything formally fancy). That, my friends, is this mall. It's that kind of place that makes you trip on cash. And I recommend. I would go here. Sell my bus tickets for a cup of coffee and walk around in loafers but have that damned cup of coffee. The Arabs know how to rich right.

I'll end the article with an amusement park because if I were to push people to make their itineraries, I'd include one. And this one's totally worthy.

Al-Shallal Theme Park

Hell yeah. Image taken from the Instagram account of @lamar_1412

Photo of Al Shallal Theme Park, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia by Shinjini Majumder

Tell me you wanna. Just tell me already. Image taken from the Instagram account of @khadijaxxkhan

Photo of Al Shallal Theme Park, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia by Shinjini Majumder

Dayum you. Image taken from the Instagram account of @khadijaxxkhan

Photo of Al Shallal Theme Park, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia by Shinjini Majumder

About: This is one amusing amusement park. Nothing like piggy back rides. From the looks of what's available, it's pretty adult and pretty daunting. I wouldn't say that you should cut out all plans for an amusement park but if you can manage to sleep a few hours lesser, I'd say hit it. Go to this place, get the blood rushing to your head and puke your lunch in some stray dustbin. Or maybe not.

Jeddah, most certainly, is very welcoming to tourists and has a lot to offer. Although a lot of elements seem new and specifically to attract tourists, she still has her old world charm intact. And even if it seems like a tourist-attractive place, I don't see what the harm is.

Jaddah it.
Happy Travels~

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Thanks for blogging on my country Saudi the diamond of the middle east which witness great effort that promote its tourism era
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