When the natives of this city say Jeddah Gheir (Jeddah is different), they're not exaggerating.
Want to get a sense of the much touted Vision 2030 ? Go to Jeddah. It stands at the threshold of the future. It brims with cultural production and its locals are always ticking with new ideas.
It features rich exhbitions of the Arabian peninsula's history, delving into its relationship with Islam and its pre-Islamic heritage. The architecture itself is a sight for sore eyes.
It's not that the kingdom is lacking in picturesque places, it's that they get zero visibility. Khaleej Salman Beach is a lovely place to kick back and bask in deep blues. And if you have snorkelling equipment, there's even more to see under the sea.
This is the largest mosque in Jeddah and it is a real architectural feat that draws on Iranian and Cairene styles. Be sure to check out the beautiful sun-shaded central court. The mosque was built in 1987 and is nearly entirely made out of brick.
Located in the old Jeddah, this is another glimpse into the kingdom's rich and grossly underrated heritage. The house has a 100 year old history and has a 4.5/5 rating on TripAdvisor.
5. King Fahd Fountain
Built in 1983, the fountain is one of the tallest in the world, its jets reaching 312 feet. The city lights it up at night, and it is a real sight to behold.
Built in 1996, this is an integrated tourist village in the village of Dahaban, 40 km north of Jeddah's center. Its American-style houses overlook the sea and host night parties in the weekend.
7. Al Balad City
This is the historic center of Jeddah that dates back to the 7th century. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site with millions of dollars pouring in for its preservation.
This is another TripAdvisor entry, owing to its awesome architecture. The mosque quite literally floats over the Red Sea.