Expats living in Jeddah have access to a wealth of history while simultaneously living in Saudi Arabia’s most cosmopolitan metropolis – between these two contrasts living side by side, there’s plenty to see and do in Jeddah.
Expats will be surrounded by remnants of the cultures that have passed through the city, and they can experience its past just by wandering around Old Town.
New arrivals are often taken aback by the city’s greenery, and a shoreline promenade that gives way to white beaches. The Corniche sweeping along the coast is one of the most popular attractions in Jeddah, but it isn’t the only way to spend one's free time. Here are a few of the most popular attractions in Jeddah for expats to explore.
Attractions in Jeddah
King Fahd's Fountain
King Fahd's Fountain, also known as the Jeddah Fountain, sprays a jet of seawater reaching up to 1,024 feet (312m) into the Saudi skyline, while the Al Salam Palace acts as a beautiful backdrop. It looks especially stunning when illuminated by over 500 spotlights at night.
The old quarter’s labyrinth of alleys gives visitors a glimpse into the towns and villages of Saudi Arabia's past. Its coral and limestone buildings also house numerous street vendors, making it a popular shopping destination.
Matbouli House Museum
Situated in Al Balad, the Matbouli House was built in the 1600s and offers a fascinating look at an authentic traditional Hijazi merchant’s home. Constructed from coral, this home is filled with traditional artefacts dating back centuries.
Al Rhama Mosque
Fondly known as the Floating Mosque, Al Rhama Mosque is a must-see and one of Jeddah's most sacred sites. Adjacent to the shoreline, when the tide comes in, it appears to float whimsically on the water below. It’s only made more marvellous by its decor and architectural beauty.
►For more on leisure activities, see Lifestyle in Jeddah
"Al Balad – the oldest part of the city – is a fun experience every time I go. It feels like I am stepping back in time. The architecture, the people, the sights and smells – it’s all fascinating and overwhelming in a good way. We also like to go to the Corniche and walk along the Red Sea. And definitely going out fishing and snorkeling on a boat is one of our favorite things to do."
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