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Jeddah

The Siren of the Red Sea

Also known as the Siren of the Red Sea, Jeddah is the gateway to the holy cities of Islam, Mecca and Medina but also the commercial hub of Saudi Arabia, heir to the old caravans that crossed the desert coming from ancient Arabia Felix. Though you can still shop in the Gold Souq at the old Al Balad district, the Corniche district, with its upscale department stores and malls offers the shoppers more choices. The city is also famed for its international cuisine and seafood. Nouvelair flies to King Abdulaziz International Airport twice a week. 

MUST-SEE

Souq Al Alawi and Old Jeddah:

This souq runs off Al Dahab St and is the most extensive in the Kingdom. The market stalls cut into the heart of the old city and buzz with the activity of traders and pilgrims. Search long enough and you will find genuine Arabian jewelry, Islamic art and traditional dress. Be here at sunset when the call to prayer fills the lanes – this is Arabia at its best.

Souk Al Alawi

King Fahd Water Fountain:

Emblem of the city, this water jet of 312 meters, is the highest of the world and the water speed of exit is 375 km / h

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HISTORY OF THE CITY

Historic Jeddah is situated on the eastern shore of the Red Sea. From the 7th century AD it was established as a major port for Indian Ocean trade routes, channeling goods to Mecca. It was also the gateway for Muslim pilgrims to Mecca who arrived by sea. These twin roles saw the city develop into a thriving multicultural centre, characterized by a distinctive architectural tradition, including tower houses built in the late 19th century by the city’s mercantile elites, and combining Red Sea coastal coral building traditions with influences and crafts from along the trade routes.

LEISURE

Al Tayibat City Museum for International Civilization:

This privately owned four-floor collection ranges from pre-Islamic artifacts, exquisite Islamic manuscripts, old coins and weaponry to stunning furniture, pottery and traditional Saudi dress. Replicas of home interiors from each region are also featured.

Address: Rayhanat Al Jazirah Street, Jeddah. 

Opening hours: Saturday to Thursday - 8am-noon & 5-9pm 

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Fakieh Aquarium

This aquarium offers a wide range of fish species, including sharks, as well as turtles and other marine life. Ladies'-only night is Wednesday. The complex also features an ice-skating rink and an arcade for the children. An on-site buffet-style restaurant overlooks the Red Sea and is family friendly.

Opening hours: 10am -10pm

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Visit the most impressive buildings that tell the old history of Jeddah. Enjoy the Islamic architecture and get lost within its beauty. Reserve your cheap flights to Jeddah with Nouvelair. Find out more information about the different flights arrivals and departures. Take advantage of the different offers to visit Jeddah. Book online your flight and enjoy your trip in the siren of the red see.

THESE DESTINATIONS

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Flexibility (days)
Under 12 years
Under 24 months
Practical information
BEST TIME TO VISIT Jeddah

Desert  climate. The summer is extremely hot from March until October with hot summers. The winter is very pleasant.

WHAT TO WEAR?

Summer clothing all year round even though winter evenings can be cool. Do not forget a thicker top.

FLIGHT TIME

Jeddah is at 4:20 flight from Tunis

HOURS

There is a 2 hours time difference with Tunisia all year round, (GMT + 3)

LANGUAGE

Arabic as main language and English as a second language

AIRPORT INFORMATION

King Abdelaziz International Airport is located 25 Km south of Jeddah. Nouvelair flights: North Terminal.

VISA INFORMATION

A visa is required for Tunisian and Saudi nationals wishing to travel to both countries.

CURRENCY

Saudi Riyal (SAR)