The Red Sea coast is a stretch of richly varied cultures: from the port city of Jeddah into the fertile mountains of Taif, via the turquoise-fringed coast around Yanbu. The shopping is just as diverse, from the laden stalls of Al Hada’s farm markets to the high-gloss boutiques of Jeddah’s Boulevard.
From painting to child-friendly sports, here are some places to inspire your kids and get them going.
Local businesses are rapidly blooming in Saudi Arabia, from humble beginnings to brick and mortar shops across town. Concept stores offer an eclectic mix of homegrown brands, indie products, Saudi street style essentials, and quirky collectibles.
The historic heart of Jeddah, Al Balad, will entice you to visit it time and again for its remarkable architecture and delectable street food, which make this magical place irresistible.
Indulge in the multicultural flavors of Hejazi cuisine paired with a local flair and hospitality unique to the port city in these traditional restaurants.
From far afield, Jeddah may appear as any other coastal metropolis. But scratch the surface and you’ll unearth thousands of years of history.
With a growing industry of freelancers, start-ups, and go-it-alone gurus, a rising number of Jeddah’s workers are swapping conventional offices for digital ones.
Al Balad, which refers to the “Historical District” in Jeddah, was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014. Some would describe it as an interactive open-air museum of sorts.
The multicultural city of Jeddah is known for being the ‘Art Capital of Saudi Arabia’. This urban post is a vantage point for the burgeoning creativity and traditional artistry that have not just endured but flourished.
Drift into a state of serenity and surf the waves with the family at these beach resorts.
While your kids are sure to have a fantastic summer with these recommendations, as adults you too can have a great time getting active, creative, and finding your happy place in Jeddah Ghair.
Saudi Arabia has always been fond of coffee, whether it’s the traditional Qahwa (Arabic coffee), or the classic Cup of joe.
Local and international markets have been a huge part of Jeddah for generations, adding to the city’s diverse culture.
A marvel of art and architecture
From fresh seafood to fine dining, Jeddah is a city of brilliant cuisine.
Make a night-time trip to enjoy the illuminated spectacle of the world’s tallest fountain.
From dune bashing to camping under a canopy of stars, experience the best of Jeddah’s desert.
Head to the famous Central Fish Market for bustle, bargains and Jeddah’s best fish.
With a wealth of world-class dive sites, Saudi Arabia represents one of the most exciting diving destinations.
Mesmerizing sea life is on show at this family-friendly attraction.
Originally designed to speed Muslim pilgrims from Damascus to the holy cities of Makkah and Medina.
Journey back to early Jeddah and trace the rise of Saudi’s most dynamic city.
Jeddah may be the cultural capital of Saudi Arabia but it also boasts some of the country’s most spectacular private beaches.
Al Wahba crater is one of Saudi Arabia’s most dramatic natural wonders: a vast hollow with an opaque lake at its heart.
Rising from the Jeddah coast, Al Rahma mosque is a marvel of art and architecture.
Our pick of the city's work-friendly cafés where you can dash through projects, fueled by caffeine and good food.
From outdoor museums to up-and-coming local artists, here's our shortlist of Jeddah's top outings for art aficionados.