Bride of the Red Sea…

The modern and commercial hub of Saudi Arabia, Jeddah is the main gateway for pilgrimages to the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Median, which is reflected in its cosmopolitan mix of inhabitants and rich historical landscape.

A port and trading city for centuries, Jeddah was founded by fisherman over 2,500 years ago and a walk through Al-Balad and the traditional Arabic markets brings this fascinating story to life. Find time to head to the sculpture-lined Jeddah Corniche and you’ll be met by the towering King Fahad Fountain – the largest water fountain in the world. On arrival King Abdulaziz International Airport is the city’s main airport in the Kingdom and a short 12-mile journey south brings you into the centre.

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