Some of you might think that Saudi people is still living in desert and riding camels..!!
ha ha this is completely wrong..
so then let’s have a look on Jeddah city ( where I live ) the multicultural city 🙂
King Fahd’s Fountain, also known as the Jeddah Fountain, is the tallest water fountain in the world.
What and where is Jeddah?
Jeddah is a Saudi Arabian city located on the coast of the Red Sea and is the major urban center of western Saudi Arabia. It is the largest city in Makkah Province, the largest sea port on the Red Sea, and the second largest city in Saudi Arabia after the capital city, Riyadh. Jeddah is the principal gateway to Mecca, Islam’s holiest city, which able-bodied Muslims are required to visit at least once in their lifetime. It is also a gateway to Medina ,the second holiest place in Islam. Most of people call it Red sea’s bride..
Old Jeddah ( al-balad ):
where you can find the cheapest shops. Photographers like to go there and captured photos.It’s historical place.
The city’s geographical location places it at the heart of the region covered by the Middle East and North Africa, with all their capitals within two hours flying distance, defining Jeddah as the second commercial center of the Middle East after Dubai. Also, Jeddah’s industrial district is the fourth largest industrial city in Saudi Arabia after Riyadh, Jubail and Yanbu.
King Abdullah Street
King Abdullah Street is an important place for companies’ offices and commercial developments. The street hosts some of the most powerful conglomerates in Saudi Arabia, such as Emaar Middle East and Al-Farsi. Due to the economic boom in this region, there is a central business district planned, which would be one of the biggest CBDs in the eastern world.
Tahlia Street is an important fashion and shopping street in the mid-town of Jeddah. It contains many upscale department shops and boutiques, such as Prada, Gucci, Burberry, Chanel, Giorgio Armani , LV, CK, Diesel etc…
Jeddah residents are a mix of several different ethnicities and nationalities. This mixture of races has had a major impact on Jeddah’s traditional cuisine. Hijazi cuisine ( from al-Hejaz) is popular as well and dishes like Mabshoor, Mitabbak, Foul, Hareisa, Kabab Meiroo, Shorabah Hareira (Hareira soup), Migalgal, Madhbi (chicken grilled on stone), Magloobah, Kibdah, Ma’asoob, Magliya (a Hijazi version of falafel), Saleeig (a Hijazi dish made of milk rice..and it’s my favorite dish), hummus, Biryani, Ruz Kabli, Ruz Bukhari, and Saiyadyia.
this is saleeig – as what i said before my favorite –
and this is kabab meiroo
here is mitabbak
biryani or boryani ( i think it’s from India )
International food is popular in the city. American chains such as McDonald’s, Burger King, Domino’s Pizza and KFC are widely distributed in Jeddah, as are more upscale chains like Fuddruckers , TGI Fridays, Casper and gambinis, applebees and Chili’s. Chinese, Japanese, and other Asian foods are also popular. Italian, French, and other European restaurants are found throughout the city.
And the local fast food chain Al Baik it’s very cheap and delicious.Their main cuisine is fried chicken, commonly known by Jeddans as Brost, and a variety of seafood..
Museums and collections
There may be about a dozen museums or collections in Jeddah, with a wide variety of educational aim and professionalism. Some of these are the Jeddah Regional Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography run by the Deputy Ministry of Antiquities and Museums, the Jeddah Municipal Museum, the Naseef House, the private Abdul Rauf Hasan Khalil Museum and the private Arts Heritage Museum.
Life in Jeddah is different from many cities in Saudi Arabia. Jeddah is a cosmopolitan city, more so than any other city in the country; it has many people coming from all over the world, who share their cultures. It also has many historical buildings with traditional designs, and it has numerous buildings near the beach. The city has very nice beaches and a corniche where people like to spend time and relax. During the annual Jeddah Festival, many games and activities are held in the city. There are shopping sprees, water skiing competitions, art exhibitions, and music festivals. Jeddah markets are known for their reasonable prices.And sure there is an expensive shops and malls like : Red sea mall , Mall of Arabia , al-hkayat center , Jeddah mall , al-anadlus mall , aziz mall….etc
Hope now your image about my country changed 🙂
note** all the photos in this post are not belong to me..
and thanks for wikipedia for help and remembering me about something 😀
here is more photos about Jeddah
modern or old