Discover the Mermaid of the Red Sea
Discover a city of constant reinvention. This ancient port blends its fascinating past seamlessly with a distinctly cosmopolitan present. Often referred to as the “Mermaid of the Red Sea,” Jeddah’s proximity to the water means picturesque views, sandy beaches, miles of vibrant waterfront promenade, and fresh-as-can-be seafood.
A marvel of art and architecture, walking through the streets of Jeddah is like visiting a city-sized art gallery, dotted with sculptures, ages-old, and state-of-the-art architecture, beautifully-maintained historic mosques, and a tapestry of colors and cultures. To fully immerse yourself in this historical destination, make a stop at Nassif House Museum or Al Tayebat City Museum for lectures, exhibits, and one-of-a-kind antique souvenirs.
Spend an afternoon on the Jeddah Corniche—a stunning waterfront promenade—where you’ll find high-style boutiques, world-class designers, and concept stores. Or, if you’re searching for a more traditional shopping experience, visit Souq Shatee. This traditional marketplace is packed with local shops, selling everything from perfume to decorative items and jewelry.
While you’re in Jeddah, try some of its most beloved dishes, like deep-fried fish—fresh from the Red Sea—saleeg chicken and milky rice, or pillow-soft khubz bread. Or, savor a five-star experience at one of the city’s dozens of fine dining restaurants. For a quick pick-me-up during your day of adventure, sample the local roasts and experience the booming café culture of Jeddah with a freshly ground cup of Arabic coffee.