Balad, Jeddah

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The historic heart of Jeddah, Balad is a World Heritage Site and charming maze of 7th-century architecture. Formerly the center of the city, the district contains lively piazzas, historic merchant houses, winding lanes, and ornate mosques. Find yourself a locally made bargain at one of the souks before stopping at a cozy eatery for some gems of traditional cuisine. To immerse yourself fully in the region's history, hook up a local guide. Arrange your visit to Balad and discover more family-friendly attractions in Jeddah using our Jeddah trip generator.
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  • August 14, 2017
    once in jeddah, my family took me to balad, its a traditional souq and the most popular one. it was the bussiest place before the mall culture had come. its got hundreds of shopping center where shopp...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    I've never been to KSA let alone Jeddah. I'm here to spend a couple of business days. It was by pure coincidence that I heard about an old historical Jeddah. Impressive! The old streets and buildings ...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    This is one of the most popular shopping places back in the old days. It was here during the 90's and still here today.  more »

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A major pilgrimage and commercial site with large numbers of visitors year-round, Jeddah offers a wide range of accommodations, ranging from low-budget to super deluxe. Hotels spread primarily along the north part of the town port, with another large cluster found in Mecca. Beachfront establishments can be found predominantly in Atallah Happy Land Park in the north, and in Al Hamra’a next to the port, while budget hotels are scattered around Al Faisaliyah. You can find most major international chain hotels throughout the city. Outside Hajj season, accommodation in Jeddah is generally cheaper than that in Riyadh.
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