Makkah Province
Historical Site

Explore Old Jeddah, Al Balad

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Description

Founded in the early 7th century, Al Balad served as Jeddah’s commercial center before the 1970s oil boom. It served as an ancient trading port and was the primary gateway to the Holy City of Makkah for pilgrims making their blessed journey for Hajj and Ummrah. Today, the town is famous for its ancient architecture and traditional buildings that were constructed using coral stone and decorated with beautiful wooden lattice windows.

Architecture

What sets Old Jeddah apart is its narrow alleyways, dusty streets, and beautiful terraces which can be quite difficult to navigate through for a newcomer. Interestingly, this tight architecture is what keeps the place cool despite the scorching heat of Jeddah. Some of the old buildings in Al Balad are more than 500 years old and have been preserved by the Saudi Ministry of Culture to make them look as good as new. 

Major Attractions

One of the most popular tourist spots is Baab Makkah (Mecca), which is the gateway to the city of Makkah. Al Balad also houses a culturally significant center called the Nassif House Museum which dates back to the 19th century. Other major attractions include Baeshen House and the Village Majlis.

Furthermore, a common reason for the locals to visit the old city is shopping. Al Balad is a great place for shopaholics to find good bargains and incredible souvenirs. The alleyways of Old Jeddah are lined with shops, where you can find everything from clothes and shoes to jewelry and antiques.

Location

Al-Balad, Jeddah Saudi Arabia

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David Ingram

David Ingram

07/21/2022 10:46

Google review

I had such fun visiting Al Balad. It took me back to my first experiences in Arabia in Muscat In the Muttrah Souq. I am so glad that this place is being preserved. It will be a huge tourist draw. I used the Spider motorized vehicle that was on offer at the entrance in order to get around the old city. The thing is not meant to climb steep inclines and I had to abandon it up on the hill by a coffee shop. It was all part of the adventure of the day!
Sandra Alford

Sandra Alford

07/03/2022 19:12

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What a fabulous area. It is amazing.. historical building s and new modern buildings blend so well together. A must see.. thankfully many of the very old buildings are being renovated to preserve them. Truly wonderful
Oli P

Oli P

06/07/2022 21:46

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Really nice experience exploring old town Jeddah. Really interesting buildings, winding streets and a lot of little shops. Felt really safe around there too which was nice! Hope they keep up to preserving all the buildings.
Morpheus Mm

Morpheus Mm

05/03/2022 22:11

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Nice, I really got back with my workmates. 3 days no work means going out together. I've noticed that this place is not popular with foreign workers, mostly Saudis is taking the time to explore the place.. I've seen Pinoys from Riyadh too. I get to experience now the dawn time where the lights are lit and it is very nice. Its a really a good time strolling around. ❤️❤️❤️
Eman Albalawi

Eman Albalawi

03/07/2022 06:34

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I had an once in a lifetime experience, it was like going back in time and the moments were so surreal. I recommend this place for the people who love a good walk through time and have traditional service and food.
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