Where the past and present combine, Jeddah is a captivating port city along the Red Sea that blends the old with the new. A gateway for pilgrimages to the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina, the city boasts a mix of ancient mosques and towering, modern skyscrapers. Jeddah is a modern commercial hub, with a cosmopolitan and diverse approach to life where visitors can still learn about the region’s past.
This forward-thinking city is home to the contemporary Corniche waterfront, high-end shopping malls, bustling souqs, beautiful mosques, diving sites in pristine coral reefs, and seafront restaurants serving the finest Middle Eastern cuisine.
The city’s historic district Al Balad (translated as ‘The Town’) is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site that dates to the 7th century. Retaining its traditional charm with buildings made from coral, Al Balad is home to the city's oldest mosque, Masjid Shaffie and the old pilgrimage road, also known as Al Dahab Street, where you can meet with street vendors as you search for trinkets, nuts, spices, fabrics, and more.