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What makes Ramadan in Old Jeddah special

Old Jeddah (Al-Balad) is one of the most popular historic landmarks of the city. Locals and non-locals enjoy walking down the old alleys and admiring the remnants of old Hejaz, making it a favorite tourist attraction in the city.
According to Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) sources, its existence may date back to the era before Islam. Some of the buildings are 400 years old, and Old Jeddah is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

New Schengen visa center opens in Jeddah

Source : Saudi Gazette / 30 May 2014

A new joint VAC (Visa Application center) for Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Malta, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland was launched on Tuesday in Jeddah by VFS Global jointly with its local partner al-Etimad Modern Business Solutions Co.


Jeddah to host first ‘Textile Arabia’ show

Source : IINA / 25 Mar 2014

Jeddah is set to become a local and regional focal point for the rapidly expanding textile industry. Yesterday, the first “Textile Arabia” exhibition started at Jeddah Center for Events and Forums.


’Jeddah among three biggest art centers in the ME’

Source : Saudi Gazette / 12 Feb 2014

In the Middle East, there are only three important art centers: Beirut, Sharjah, and Jeddah.

Or so opines Chris Dercon, director of the Tate Gallery of Modern Art, the most visited museum in the world located in London.

Dercon was talking at a symposium organized as part of the "21,39 Jeddah Arts" opening events, which took place from February 4 to 8 all over the city and included openings of exhibitions, tours, workshops, and a symposium.


Grand public library to open in Jeddah

By Irfan Mohammed / Arab news / 24 Dec 2013

Book lovers in Jeddah have reason to celebrate because one of the largest libraries in the region is set to open soon in the city.

Fulfilling a longstanding demand of Jeddah residents, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, the new education minister, will open the facility on Jan. 1.


Museum for Makkah history planned

Source : Arab news /25 Feb 2013

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities is currently developing a museum for Makkah history at Maabida Palace, said Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of SCTA yesterday. “We are also building a number of new regional museums,” he added.

Prince Sultan made this comment after meeting Abdul Maqsood Khoja at his house in Jeddah. He honored Khoja for donating nine rare manuscripts to SCTA and commended his desire to preserve national heritage.


Jeddah Islamic Port making its mark as a global shipping hub

Source : Arab news / 4 Mar 2013

The Jeddah Islamic Port ranks among the top 100 global ports annually. In fact, the establishment of an integrated project will ensure the presence of a security system that fills any gaps or security breaches at a financial cost of SR 15.98 million. Capt. Saher bin Musa Altahlawi, general manager of the Jeddah Islamic Port, confirmed that the port entered the competition more than a decade ago and became classified as a regional and global hub port, as well as assuming a high ranking position among the most important 100 international ports annually.


Jeddah among world's least expensive cities: survey

By Arab News and Reuters / 8 Feb 2013

Saudi Arabia's old capital has been ranked one of the world's ten least expensive cities in the latest survey of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU).

Jeddah, also known as the Bride of the Red Sea, ranked No. 123 out of 131 cities in 93 countries that were covered in the EIU Worldwide Cost of Living Index for 2013.


Historic old Jeddah awaits life-saving restoration

By Reuters / 10 Jan 2013

In the heart of Saudi Arabia’s sprawling Red Sea port city of Jeddah, centuries-old buildings tilt and buckle above the historic district’s narrow alleys, withering away in the absence of decisive action to protect them.

The seventh-century historic district, with its mud and coral town houses adorned with ornate wooden balconies, holds the only remnants of the traditional architecture of the Hijaz, as the western Arabian Peninsula is known.


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