Places To Discover
Jeddah is a vibrant city that has many different things to offer and please its different visitors. Being the second-largest city of modern Middle Eastern metropolis, it offers some unique and magnificent places for you to discover.
Here’s a list of breath-taking things you must explore and discover in the beautiful city of Jeddah, and take back cherished memories.
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Al Tayebat City Museum
famous for its rooms showcasing the past life and lifestyle of Saudi Arabia. It is a part of the International Tayebat City of Science and Knowledge and is a must-visit museum in Jeddah. It covers an area of 10000 square meters, with 300 rooms in 12 buildings. Stunningly built old Jeddah architecture, it features a collection of exhibits ranging from Islamic manuscripts, tribal costumes, old coins, furniture, ancient pottery and more. If you want, you can hire a guide here and to hear interesting stories.
Masjid Al Rahman- The Floating Mosque
The most popular attraction in Jeddah and visited by millions every year the stunning floating mosque is a must-see. Located on the coast of Red sea the sight will leave you simply awestruck. You can walk the Croniche Road to enjoy the full beauty of this mosque.
The perfect place to entertain and educate this is the only aquarium open for public in Saudi Arabia. Spot the fish and underwater creatures of Red Sea as well as other seas from around the world. This place has more than 200 species of underwater beings. Plus, you can enjoy a dolphin and sea lion show everyday here.
King Saud Mosque
The largest mosque in the city of Jeddah, it is designed by Abdel-Wahed-El-Wakil. The massiveness and architecture of the mosque is truly stunning.
Another stunning and unique mosque you must visit while you are in Jeddah.
Jeddah Corniche: The coastal beauty of Jeddah, it is located along the Red Sea. Here you will find recreation areas, pavilions and large-scale civic sculptures as well the highest King Fahd’s Fountain.
Abdul Raouf Khalil Museum
A grand and magnificent museum, it features relics, traditional architecture that depict the heritage of the city. Plus, it has beautiful mosque inside.
Beit Al Balad
Painted in a serene cream colour, this museum depicts the typical Hejazi architecture. Here you will find artefacts, photographs and ephemera documenting Jeddah’s history.
The weather is mostly warm and hot here, with long summers and not so cold winters. Jeddah features a tropical arid climate. July is the hottest month here, but also the best time to swim in the sea with an average temperature of 32°C (90°F) and the coldest is January at 23°C (73°F). Rainfall is sparse here and usually occurs in November and December. Thunderstorms are common in winter and dust storms mostly happen in summers.
The official language of the UAE is Arabic. However, in Jeddah region the distinctive speech pattern is called the Hejazi dialect, it is among the most recognizable accents within the Arabic language. Plus, English is widely spoken here, and most shops, hotels and commercial businesses deal with their clients in English.
The hot climate makes car rentals and hiring very popular in this area. You can hire the car and explore the city if you have your passport and a valid international driving license or a temporary local license for car rental.
Buses: Local buses also operate here and can be used as a mode of transportation to make things more budget-friendly.
Taxis: Taxis are the most popular and convenient way of travelling in this city and seeing things around. Some good taxi companies are Careem, Mondo Ride, TaxiPixi and Uber. You can download their apps and reserve as well as pay for these taxis through the apps. Here you can choose the type of car you wish to ride. Taxi fares are reasonable in this area. You can even hail a local cab on the streets here. Taxi drivers are legally required to have and abide by to go by meter.
Car Rentals: You can hire a car here with a valid passport and international driving license. Women are not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia.
Jeddah Metro: Under construction and expected to operate by 2020.