Fly To Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Jeddah dates is more than 2,500 years old and is located in the desert country, i.e.Saudi Arabia. In 674 AD Jeddah was used as a gateway for Muslim pilgrims making the required hajj to Mecca, and this is what increased the town's significance drastically, making it one of the top tourist destinations around the world.
Jeddah’s long history as a port and trading city has contributed to the cosmopolitan mix of inhabitants its home to today. It continues to be a major commercial centre in Saudi Arabia, well known for its shopping, restaurants and cafés.
The luxurious waterfront area is home to a number of high-end hotels and beach resorts, while private beachfront compounds offer wealthy local families the chance to loosen up away from prying eyes. It’s a favourite destination for Saudi Arabia’s elite.
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Why visit Jeddah?
- Jeddah one of Saudi’s primary resort cities!
- Indulge in all water sports such as surfing, jet-skiing, fishing!
- Tour the Red Sea and experience the majestic view of the floating mosque of Jeddah.
- This cosmopolitan city has some of the best modern shopping facilities, international cuisine, and a variety of artwork!
As a major entry point for pilgrims travelling to nearby Mecca and Medina, Jeddah sees thousands of visitors passing through. The city itself has over 1300 mosques, and religion is a large part of life in the city.
Choose from a comprehensive list of cheap flights to Jeddah by using our search tool above to pick your ideal dates. Whether you’re heading to the Hajj or simply enjoying the Saudi sun, Jeddah is a city not to be missed.
The best time to visit Jeddah would be between January and April or November and December, as the average temperatures are at a comfortable level. The hottest months during the year occur between May and October, temperatures around this period can reach highs of 40°C.
The official language in Jeddah is Arabic, it is considered to be the pride of local residents. Arabic is the most complex and beautiful languages in the world.
- Jeddah is the gateway to Mecca, which is Islam's holiest city.
- The literal translation of Jeddah is fortune, well-being and happiness.
- Jeddah is home to the world's highest fountain, King Fahd's fountain which is over 312 metres high.
- This amazing city is home to over 1,300 mosques!
Jeddah is filled with some of the best gems that Saudi has to offer. This city offers you culture, relaxation, fun, shopping, as well as great food, which is everything you want on your perfect holiday.
Historical Jeddah which is considered to be an open air museum is a great place to visit as it contain the rich heritage and reveals this city’s the history.
Al-Balad, or “Old Town”, is Jeddah’s most popular site, and when you set foot in its ancient streets it’s easy to see why. The city walls may be gone, but the gates still mark the old entryways, and the warren of ancient buildings inside feels like another world.
Al-Balad is most famous for the multi-storey houses built of coral, the slightly dilapidated remains of which are still fascinating to see. The Souqs are just as wonderful, and offer endless opportunities for souvenirs. Remember to get a permit if you’d like to take photographs, although if you’re discreet and respectful you might manage without one.
The Red Sea offers another of Jeddah’s most popular attractions – fabulous flora and fauna and coral reefs. Scuba diving here is just as incredible as in Egypt and the Sinai Peninsula, but without the hordes of tourists getting in the way.
Other sights include:
- Tahaliyah Street - which is one of the most vital main streets in the city of Jeddah
- Al-Shalla - Theme Park
- Makkah Gate
- Eve Cave.
Public transport in Jeddah is not common, although there is a bus network made up of a combination of small, privately owned vehicles, and larger, government-owned ones. They are both clean, and safe, but schedules are variable, and you might land up in trouble if you need to be somewhere in a hurry. It’s far more common for visitors to hire a car here, or use the inexpensive sedan taxis. Try asking for a fixed price instead of using the meter – you’ll often be able to negotiate a better deal
Jeddah has a multi-ethnic population which has influenced the traditional cuisine that is found in this city. Famous Arabian dishes like Nejdi, Kabsa, Yemeni, and Mandi are all loved by locals. The most common ingredients used for traditional Saudi cuisine are wheat, rice, lamb, chicken, yoghurt, potatoes, and dates.
The best restaurants where you will be guaranteed to find the best food in Jeddah include places like:
- Al Baik
- Sakura Japanese Resturant
- Al Baik
- P.F. Chang's.
Jeddah is the gateway of Mecca and it is considered to be one of Islam’s holiest city. Majority of the people that stay in Jeddah are Muslim and the country is governed under Islamic Law. Thus visitors are expected to abide and respect these by these laws whilst out in public. Western practices such as dating is theoretically forbidden in Islam (unless the female is accompanied by a male guardian) but it is widely practised and at times most restaurants will allow a couple into the family section of a restaurant. Woman are required to cover their bodies in public as a sign of respect. Public displays of affection has also not lost its significance, even a married couples cannot walk down the street holding hands, it is disrespectful to show signs of love and affection towards the opposite sex in any public area.
Alcohol consumption is taken very seriously in Jeddah, it is forbidden and Corporal punishment for Westerners or Travellers that do consume alcohol during their stay can occur. There are however designated areas where travellers can indulge.
Like the rest of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Jeddah is ruled under Islamic law. As a result crime is a rare occurrence within the city. Travellers are expected to remain aware and vigilant as they do tend to stand out from the crowd and this could lead them to being easy targets.
South Africans need a Visa in order to enter Jeddah.
You contact the embassy of Saudi Arabia (Telephone: 012 362 42 30) for more information, in addition to Visa applications.
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King Abdul Aziz International Airport (Code: JED) is named after King Abdulaziz Al Saud, this airport was inaugurated in 1981, and today it is the third largest airport in the kingdom.
Food and beverages: The restaurants that are located within the airport include Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, and Costa Coffee.
Exchange currency: The exchange offices that are located in the airport include bureaux de change.
Lost luggage: If you lost any item of luggage you should contact your individual airline's help desk or report items that are lost or found in the airport to airport security and they would help to assist you.
Airport hotel: The hotel that is located at the airport is Dalat al-Maatar Hotel.
Car hire: The car hire dealerships that are located at the airport include Avis, Hertz, and Budget.
Airport hub: King Abdulaziz International Airport (code JED) is a hub for Nas Air and Saudia (Saudi Arabian Airlines).
The information on this page is correct as of March 2016. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, Travelstart.co.za takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.