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Jeddah: a bridge between worlds

Flights to Jeddah take you to the thriving commercial heart of Saudi Arabia. It’s a cosmopolitan city, blending ancient treasures with dazzling modern attractions.

Perched on the Red Sea, the city is the gateway to Mecca, welcoming millions of Muslim travellers each year as they begin their pilgrimage for Hajj.

abdul raouf khalif museum and mosque jeddah

Jeddah’s rich history is tied to its status as a major port for the flourishing Indian Ocean trading routes, earning it the nickname of the Bride of the Red Sea.

Since those early days of Silk Road traders, Jeddah’s waterfront has undergone a spectacular transformation. Today, among the traditional souks and 19th-century tower houses, you’ll find glistening skyscrapers and world-class restaurants.

The city is also home to incredible Red Sea dive sites, where you can explore untouched coral reefs all year round. You can also see marine life up close at the fascinating Fakieh Aquarium.

Jeddah flights from Etihad Airways give you the chance to immerse yourself in the modern traditions of Saudi Arabia.

What’s the weather like in Jeddah?

What’s the weather like in Jeddah?

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Jan

24°C

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Feb

25°C

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Mar

26°C

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Apr

28°C

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May

31°C

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Jun

32°C

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Jul

34°C

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Aug

34°C

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Sep

32°C

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Oct

30°C

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Nov

28°C

3cm

Dec

26°C

3cm

Jeddah has warm weather all year round. Summer sees temperatures rise to the mid-30°Cs and above. August is the busiest month, with many pilgrims travelling to Mecca.

You’ll find a cooler climate during the winter months, from December to February, when you can enjoy temperatures of around 25°C.

Reasons to visit Jeddah

corniche coastal resort along red sea in jeddah saudi arabia

Stroll along Jeddah’s waterfront

The Jeddah Corniche is a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike. Water features, sculptures and children’s play areas line the waterfront, making it the perfect place to explore or just enjoy a pleasant stroll while gazing out across the Red Sea.

Get your fill of fun inside Al-Shallal Theme Park. Adrenaline seekers will love the thrilling rides, while those who prefer something a little slower can enjoy a relaxing boat ride around the lake, or go for a glide on the ice rink.

If you’re looking to sample the rich, local cuisine, there’s an array of restaurants dotted along the shoreline. Grab a seat outside and you’ll have the best spot to watch the sunset.

mecca gate in jeddah saudi arabia

Explore Al-Balad

Soak up Jeddah’s 5,000 years of history in the Al-Balad district. The jewel of Jeddah, its narrow streets feature museums, cafes and shops.

At its centre, you’ll find one of Jeddah’s traditional markets, or souks. Stalls overflow with bright colours and sweet aromas. Follow your senses to taste traditional cuisine or discover handmade jewellery to buy.

Before you leave, pay a visit to Bab Makkah – one of the seven gates across Jeddah that connects the city to the sea, Mecca and beyond.

floating mosque by the red sea in jeddah at night

Marvel at the floating mosque

Built on the edge of the Corniche – and surrounded by the Red Sea – Al-Rahma Mosque is better known as the Floating Mosque. It’s designed to appear suspended above the sea when the tide is at its highest.

Using a mix of both traditional Islamic art and innovative technology, this mosque encapsulates Jeddah’s ability to combine modern design with thousands of years of history.

When visiting, it’s important to dress modestly and respect religious customs. Arrive at sunset to see an explosion of orange and red hues light up the mosque. Then, as the sky turns dark, admire the building as its reflection glistens in the clear waters below.

Things to know before you fly to Jeddah

plane Airport transfers

Jeddah is just under half an hour from King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED). Pre-book your transfer with Etihad and a driver will be waiting when you land. You can reach the heart of the city by taxi or shuttle bus.

charities Cultural considerations

Jeddah is one of the country’s most cosmopolitan cities but visitors should dress modestly, especially around religious sites. It’s a good idea to check local laws before you travel.

bus Getting around

Without a railway connecting the city, the best way to navigate Jeddah is by car. There are public buses available, but most people prefer to travel by taxi.

currency Currency

The currency in Jeddah is the Saudi Arabian riyal (SAR). Credit cards are accepted in most places, though you will need local currency for the souks and marketplaces. Haggling is often expected by street vendors and, with a little skill, you might bag yourself a bargain.

Flying to Jeddah: FAQs

Where should I stay in Jeddah?

The Corniche is the most popular area for visitors, with an array of places to stay along the beachfront. There are some wonderful hotels in the city, featuring restaurants overlooking the Red Sea – perfect for meals served a view.

How many days should I spend in Jeddah?

A week should be enough time to explore Jeddah’s main attractions and get a feel for the city. If you’re using Jeddah as a base to explore the rest of Saudi Arabia, you may need longer.

What can I do in Jeddah?

Alongside the historic Al-Balad area and the fun-filled Corniche, King Fahd’s Fountain is a famous city hotspot. The tallest fountain in the world, this impressive landmark shoots water hundreds of feet into the air and can be seen from across the city.

Alternatively, you can enjoy some retail therapy at the giant Mall of Arabia, featuring famous brand names, food courts and a cinema.

How long is the journey from Jeddah to Mecca?

Islam’s holiest city, Mecca, is only an hour away by car from Jeddah. Muslims from across the world travel here, particularly for Hajj, and only Muslims are permitted to enter or travel through the city.

Why we love Jeddah

“Alongside its rich history, Jeddah is a modern and lively city where there’s always plenty to do. Watching the sun set over the Red Sea is the perfect end to a day in this beautiful destination."

The best of Jeddah

The coastal city of Jeddah is a great place for diving. The Red Sea is rich in colourful marine life and the warm waters attract a whole host of visitors from colder climes, including sharks and rays.

Graceful Manta rays are drawn to these waters in the summer and you may be lucky enough to spot these giants around the wrecks and reefs that ring this coastal city.

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Weather in Jeddah

24 °C
Thursday27 Feb 2020
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Friday28 Feb 2020
23 °C
Saturday29 Feb 2020
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Sunday1 Mar 2020
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Tuesday3 Mar 2020
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