There is no place like Jeddah. With its own charm, customs and a wonderful Corniche, this coastal city has been welcoming people to its shores for centuries and today stands as a true representation of multiculturalism. Diversity extends to every corner of the city, from the thriving arts scene and food culture, to the countless architectural influences. Whatever your tastes, you’ll find it in Jeddah.
For both the initiated and the uninitiated, a visit to Al Balad, the historic downtown area of Jeddah originally built in the 7th century, is a memorable experience. The area’s charm has been preserved through careful restoration of the striking townhouses and narrow streets. Come for the unique architecture, the colorful markets and enchanting atmosphere.
Each corner of Jeddah’s Al Balad has a story to tell, and Naseef House is no exception. This restored coral house was once the royal residence for King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud, following his conquering of the city in 1925. Inside you can see ramps that were installed to allow camels to walk all the way up to the upper terrace and a beautiful neem tree at the entrance, once believed to be the only tree in Jeddah. Today, Naseef House is a cultural center offering exhibitions, lectures and more.
The Tayebat City of Science and Knowledge is a must-see museum, housing an extraordinary range of exhibits and collections. Bringing pre-Islamic and Islamic history to life across 300 rooms and 12 buildings, including a mosque, the museum spans the House of Saudi Arabian Heritage, the House of Islamic Heritage, the House of International Heritage and the Public Heritage exhibition.