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Top 07 Attractions in Jeddah You Need to Visit – A Captivating Adventure Awaits

In Jeddah, one does not experience as strict a laws associated with Saudi Arabia. Women especially, have more freedom, while you will also find many attractions that are truly fascinating. Listed are some of the best places and experiences to enjoy on your visit to Jeddah.

1

Souq Al Alawi

The most wide-spread souq in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the stalls and markets of this grand old bazaar run across the city and cluster around the heart of the old quarter. You will love the atmosphere there, where traders and pilgrims, intermingle to take one back in time to remember tales when Arabia was steeped in magic and exotic mystery. Easy to reach from Citadines Al Salamah Jeddah, and other well located comfy hotel apartments in Jeddah, this market is a must for the serious shopaholic.

2

Fakieh Aquarium

One for the entire family this aquarium is home to a large number of marine life, including sharks, turtles and other fascinating species. But the place is not limited to just aquarium allures, there you will find a huge ice skating rink and an arcade especially for children. There is a restaurant offering buffet-style dining, overlooking the Red Sea for one to relax. While 'Ladies Only', nights are scheduled every Wednesday.

3

Al Tayibat City Museum for International Civilization

This is a privately owned museum, displaying a marvellous collection of pre-Islamic artefacts, old coins, weapons, pottery, traditional Saudi garments, elegant furniture and Islamic manuscripts. The place also showcases replicas of home interiors pertaining to each region. Visitors arriving early are treated to guided tours.

4

Naseef House

The coral houses of Jeddah are quite legendary, but sadly most of them are not looked after and remain in a dilapidated state. Amongst these Naseef House stands out as one of the few restored and cherished gems. Belonging to a wealthy and powerful Jeddah family, this pretty house is located off Souq Al Alawi, and easy to reach from your Jeddah holiday apartment.

5

The Fish Market

Located to the west of the Jeddah Corniche, this very vibrant and busy fish market offers one a taste of Jeddah's native lifestyles. You will come across at least 50 marine creatures put on display, and comprise of hammerhead sharks, parrot fish, grouper, squid and much more. Try and make it in time to catch one of the bustling daily sales for a dose of local culture.

6

Beit Al Balad

This complex was built in the early 20th century and served as the British Legation Headquarters in Jeddah from 1915 to the mid 30's. The place today serves as a museum, where on display are vintage photographs, artefacts and various other period attractions, all culture buffs will find fascinating.

7

Sharbatly House

A vintage structure built in the 1930's, this legendary house is home to a number of traditional mashrabiyya. These are balconies covered with perforated screens, which while allowing air to enter the homes via the balconies, allow one to observe the outside from the balcony without being seen. A must visit to understand the intricate aspects of Islam.