Why You Should Visit Jeddah
The city of Jeddah is Saudi Arabia’s second-largest and a busy commercial center offering a wide selection of bustling markets, restaurants and cafes. Situated along the Red Sea, one of the best places in Jeddah is the Corniche which stretches nearly 30km along the coast and offers many beautiful beaches and amenities. Those interested in the heritage of the city won’t want to miss out on a visit to al-Balad, the old town of Jeddah. Here there are many old souqs to lose yourself in, while the old town is also home to many of the city’s most interesting historical buildings.
Families will enjoy a day out at Sail Island water park when it’s hot, while Atallah Happy Land Park and Al-Shalal Theme Park are two other excellent family-friendly attractions. Those visiting Jeddah in the summer will want to explore everything that the Jeddah Ghir festival offers such as art shows, markets, culinary delights and much more.
When to Visit Jeddah
Jeddah remains hot all year round, although temperatures become particularly hot between June and August when they are on a par with the UAE. Those who want to avoid the brunt of the heat will find that the winter period between November and March to be ideal when temperatures cool down a bit. As the primary gateway into Saudi Arabia for those making the Hajj pilgrimage, travelers are strongly advised to avoid visiting Jeddah during this period as the city becomes extremely busy.
Flights to Jeddah
Jeddah is served by King Abdulaziz International Airport, the country’s busiest located 20 km from central Jeddah. There are flights from Dubai International Airport with Emirates, flydubai, Flynas and Saudia, while travelers coming from Abu Dhabi International Airport can fly with Etihad Airways, Flynas and Saudia. Additionally, there are flights from Sharjah Airport to Jeddah with Air Arabia and Flynas and from Ras al Khaimah Airport with Air Arabia. King Abdulaziz International Airport has three terminals, one of which is dedicated to Hajj pilgrims.
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Jeddah Travel Information
Almost all citizens will need a visa to enter Saudi Arabia except those from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) which includes nationals from the UAE. However, the country is aiming to implement a tourist visa scheme in the near future to encourage visitors. If you are not a national of a GCC country you will need to apply for a visa before traveling - make your application well in advance just to stay on the safe side. The currency used in Saudi Arabia is the Saudi Riyal which can easily be obtained at a currency exchange before flying into the country.
* This information is correct as of March 2019
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