9 Cool & Unusual Things to do in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Are you planning a trip to the Middle East and looking for the best things to do in Jeddah? If so, then you need to look no further than right here!

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Where is Jeddah?

Jeddah is a major urban center of western Saudi Arabia, and one of the top Middle East destinations to visit.

It’s the second-largest city after Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia. Also, the largest city in Makkah Province and the largest seaport on the Red Sea.

Did you know that Jeddah is the principal gateway of two of the holiest cities in Islam, Mecca, and Medina?

The city is a mix of monuments, open-air art sculptures, cafes, shopping districts, and the largest waterfront area filled with restaurants and resorts.

If you are planning a trip to Saudi Arabia, try something different by visiting Jeddah city and experiencing the beauty of ancient architecture mixed with the latest luxuries.

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When to travel to Jeddah?

Jeddah has a hot and dry type of climate. Rainfall is sparse and temperatures can soar high in summers.

The best time to visit Jeddah would be in January and February when the temperatures are relatively cool.

Where to stay in Jeddah?

The city of Jeddah has numerous hotels ranging from luxurious to economical, depending on the choice and budget of travelers.   

Looking for the best hotels in Jeddah? Click here for more information and the latest prices.

How to get around in Jeddah?

Most chains of hotels in Jeddah provide small minivans called ‘water taxi’, which are quite inexpensive and will take you around the place.

TIP: It’s better to fix a price with the taxi driver for the trip in advance and not to opt for the meter method of payment. It will cost you less.

Another word of caution: Use only officially recognized taxis (with the sign TAXI) to avoid getting into trouble with the authorities.

Buses can be a great way to enjoy the local flavor of the city and enjoy the haunting Arabian music if you don’t have a tight schedule for the day. Meet the locals, talk to them and become a traveler instead of a tourist.

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Best things to do in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Scuba Diving in Jeddah

Yes! Being on the coast of the Red Sea, the flora and fauna are similar to what you can see on the Red Sea’s Coast in Egypt. If you like scuba diving, Jeddah is one of the best spots!

The corals are untouched and a sight to behold as you get underwater to experience the most amazing feeling ever. The water temperatures vary with the seasons, so pack a swimsuit to dress accordingly.

Visit Jeddah’s Souq

Immediately south of King Fahd Rd, the marketplace is divided into subsections, each populated by different immigrants. Breathe in the delicious scent of coffee and let the colors of mixed cultures and languages fascinate you.

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Going to Jeddah and not buying nuts and dates is not possible.

Try Khayyam Al Rabie Est to get some of the finest choices of dates and nuts for discounted prices. Do you know the store has fairy lights and stocks around 50 different varieties of dates?

Landmarks in the City – Must places to visit in Jeddah

Al Balad gives you a taste of the ancient marketplace, multi-stored brick and mud-buildings that sell just about everything.

Experience the magic of the Floating Mosque or check out the entrance of Mecca. The city is full of places to see and explore.

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Jarir Bookstore, for book lovers

Are you a book lover by any chance? If yes, then don’t miss the Jarir Bookstore, one of the most interesting places to visit in Jeddah.

It boasts of the city’s widest collection of books. Read about the cultural heritage and grab some latest releases from your favorite authors.

Jeddah for Foodies

Jeddah has several restaurants and cafes that cater to region-specific taste buds with extra care and attention.

If looking for things to do in Jeddah at night or where to eat in Jeddah, and fancy some Indonesian food, Wong Solo, near the start of Al Balad, is the perfect place for you.

Of course, if you want a quiet meal, stay away from the lunch buffet (10 A.M. to 2 P.M.). But if you love the mad rush and are looking to interact with other tourists, you know when to go.

Experience the Middle Eastern style dining in Al Nakheel Restaurant. Designed as a traditional tent, it allows the sea breeze to enter from the sides. Evenings are undoubtedly the best time to enjoy some of the finest choices in their menu. One of the best things to do in Jeddah for expats too!

Street food is something you cannot miss in Jeddah. Hop over to the Balad Street Food for some mouthwatering shawarma or falafel wraps for just SR4.

Atallah Happy Land Park, one of the most popular Jeddah attractions

Imagine ice-skating indoors while the sun blazes outside. Wouldn’t it be a wonderful experience?

Shop, dine, play, and watch live shows in 6D theatres. One of the best things to do in Jeddah with family!

Al-Shalal Theme Park, one of the fun things to do in Jeddah

Are you a fan of roller coaster rides? Do you want to gather courage and try one?

This park has the largest double-looped roller coaster on the Asian Continent. What a way to make the world go upside down, literally.

Now, you could be a fan of forests and wildlife instead. Where do you find a forest in a desert city?

Try the Amazon Ride in the park that is spread over 1,800m² with a lagoon and has a waterfall of 15m high. See the life-size figures of animals with full sound and light effects. It sure would be a novel experience.

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Go on a shopping spree in Jeddah

Don’t we all love to buy things, small and big, cheap and expensive like gifts, treasures, and memories?

Jeddah has more than 25 shopping malls which have amazing food courts. The malls are both new and old, and you can try to hop over to as many as you can within your schedule or have lunch in one of the popular restaurants in Jeddah.

As you can see, there are lots of activities and things to do in Jeddah, that truly make this a destination city.

Don’t forget Travel Insurance

I always travel with insurance, even if I travel inside my own country. 

No matter how well you plan and research a trip, there are always things that happen beyond your control. I had to use it several times and it saved my trip! 

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