Serving as the main seaport in Makkah province, Jeddah is located on the coasts of the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia. The Balad area is the most archaic localities recognized in the city, housing buildings restored with their original architecture over a century. The Silver Sands Beach is the hotspot among areas to explore along the coast, having scarce cover of palm trees which are even spread on small islets off the coast. The beach has sections for private resorts while underwater tours are also conducted under the Desert Sea Divers. Remaining a major highlight upon the Red Sea for the past 27 years, the King Fahad fountain shoots seawater beyond an astounding height of a thousand feet to become the largest fountain in the country. Spotlights are set on the water for making it visible across Jeddah's skyline after nightfall. The Floating Mosque is built on a platform above the sea alongside the coast. Important landmarks include Makah Gate and Bicycle Square. Complete with an arena and go-karting track, the IN10SO centre in the Red Sea Mall also has a gaming arcade and ball pool tables to serve as a snooker club. The Red Sea Mall itself features exuberance with outlets of every global retail brand established in one gigantic enclave. Same goes for the Mall of Arabia located near the King Abdul Aziz International Airport. However, the traditional setup of market trade can be locally observed in the streets of Gabel and Al Tahilla.
King Abdul Aziz International Airport is the main international airport in Jeddah and it is known to be the third largest and is served by many airlines from across the world because of which it is also known as the busiest airport in Saudi Arabia. It is located at a distance of 15 kilometers (north) from the city center.
There are many ways to get to the city center from the main international airport. Some of which include taxis and buses that are provided by the airport itself in order to assist passengers in getting to the city easily. In addition to this Car Trawler, a car agency, is also located near the airport which provides you with services such as car hiring. This is for those passengers who are willing to drive on their own from the airport to the city center. One should also contact the hotel that they are staying at and inquire about their transportation services because many hotels offer to and from the airport services in their own private shuttles
Wherever you choose to stay in Jeddah, most of the hotels provide “water taxi” which is a minivan that will take you to all the major spots including shopping malls in Jeddah. In addition to this, taxis are generally an inexpensive way to get around Jeddah as even a 10 minute ride costs around USD $ 3 to 6. One will find 2 types of taxis in Jeddah. One which is yellow and simply says “Taxi”, these are generally a bit rough and are not air conditioned. The other type is white and are air conditioned because of which they are even called “Limousines”. The white taxis are fairly new because of the new law that states that taxis cannot be older than 5 years and hence the yellow taxis are rarely seen on the streets.
Buses are not a common form of transportation in Jeddah, however, riding the bus is an adventure on its own as you will be able to witness many areas in Jeddah as well as enjoy the Arabic music.
Renting a car is also one of the most popular forms of exploring Jeddah. Although car rentals charge a high price however you need not worry about the fuel as Jeddah has cheap fuel.
One can also enjoy the views of the Red Sea by heading out to the Obhur and catch a boat.
Winters are the best time to visit Jeddah as the climate is rather pleasant. The winters start from October till March.
The distance between London to Jeddah is 2,939 miles and the average flight time between the two destinations is 5 hours and 50 minutes.
British Airways provide non stop flight that flies directly from London to Jeddah.
Some of the airlines that provide cheap flights include British Airways, Middle East Airlines, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, Oman Air, Emirates, Alitalia, Qantas, Etihad Airways, Air France, Austrian Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Gulf Air, Lufthansa, Egypt Air, Saudi Arabian Airlines and Jet Air.
Most of the hotels and apartments are located near the airport or on the Al-Madina Road and Quraish Bridge. These hotels provide top notch facilities including 24 hour front desk, WiFi facility, breathtaking views and clean rooms. The luxury suites and villas are located on the Al Khaldiya District and on the Rawda Street. Some of the top hotels are also located near the Corniche and provides stunning views from every room.