With its long stretches of sandy beaches and cool walkways, Jeddah Corniche has always been one of the city’s main draws. Following a major revamp in 2017, which added three new swimming bays, a winding pier and lush parklands, the area is now a must-see destination, blending seamlessly with Jeddah’s cosmopolitan appeal.
Families will love the wide open spaces, where children can burn off steam in the designated playparks or splash about in the fountains. Adults can sign up for a selection of watersports on the beach, hire bikes and cycle along the 4.2km corniche, or stroll down the pier to take in the sunset and beautiful Red Sea views.
The waterfront development is also host to an array of eateries, ranging from street stalls and restaurants to coffee houses and fast-food chains.
Did you know that in the 1970s Jeddah was known for its outdoor sculptures? Part of the waterfront refurbishment plan involved gathering up some of the best examples, including works by masters such as Henry Moore and Joan Miró, restoring their faded grandeur and presenting them together in a stunning open-air museum, spanning 7km of parkland. It’s a photographer’s dream. And the best: the waterfront’s free phone charging points and Wi-Fi mean you won’t miss a shot.