When I visited Jeddah, I was really eager to go see the Historic area known as Al Balad. I made the mistake of going there between 11 to 1. It was March, so the weather was good, but most places don't open till 4 or 5pm. They also have few activities on the weekend, so keep that in mind when you are planning your visit. I still got to walk around and photograph the surroundings. It was empty and quiet. I met two people who volunteered to show me around out of the kindness of their heart when they saw my confused looks. I was very thankful. It made the experience richer. A number of buildings are being renovated. It was nice to see that part of town. I noticed that the Architectural style was inspired from Egypt (Mamluk) and Turkey. Below are some of the photos I snapped there. Two more posts about the same day are coming up this week.
Historic Jeddah, AlBalad - جدة القديمة البلد
الفنان هشام البنجابي - Saudi Artist Hesham Al Bunjabi
He renovated one of the old houses there and turned it into an Art Academy.
Mamluk Style Windows in Saudi
Tiles in Jeddah
There used to be water in that structure that provided water for all of old jeddah
Painting in Jeddah
Birds and Architecture in Jeddah, Saudi
Abu Sami, the Saudi Tour Guide that volunteered to show me around
One of the oldest bakeries in Jeddah
El Seed's Mural in Jeddah, Saudi
More posts from Saudi:
Jeddah is the capital of the Western region of Saudi Arabia and it is the Gate to Mecca because it is the main stop for pilgrims heading to Mecca for their once in a life time Islamic pilgrimage, Hajj. Although, Hajj is one of the main reasons that impacted the growth in Jeddah, the trade that took place there and it's great geographical location on the Red Sea, made Jeddah an international hub. This post will give you an idea on how to spend your weekend in Jeddah like a local especially with the growing tourism in Jeddah.
The post includes:
Dress code for women in Jeddah
Things to do in Jeddah
Accommodations in Jeddah (5 stars, midrange and budget).
Best Restaurants in Jeddah for (breakfast, lunch and dinner).