Jeddah – the countrys second largest city, transportation center and economic capital, as well as the largest port in the South Arabian Sea and the country as a whole. It is located in a rugged area surrounded by the rugged mountains of the Tihama Mountains. But Jeddah – a booming oasis of life, home to many big (primarily oil) companies, a bustling megapolis popular with tourists.
Archaeologists have discovered an ancient settlement from the 5th century in the city. But the origins of Jeddah have been dated to the 7th century, when the local governor, Osman, built a port in the place of a fishing tree, which was intended to be a meeting place for many Muslim pagans. The port was not far from Mecca – it was the cultural city of all Islam, so the port soon developed into a large, above all commercial, village. The name Jeddah is related by researchers to the legend of the grave of the mother of Eve, which is located exactly on the territory of the city. – it means «jedda;– as Eve is sometimes called in Corinth.
Jedda reached its greatest extent in the 20th century, when the first wells of the rich oil fields were drilled nearby. In the meantime, the city has become the worlds first international airport, an unparalleled infrastructure and a unique architectural complex. In Jeddah, the glassy skyscrapers with their iconic Arabian-style glass structures are the most remarkable of all, with the famous Nasaf and Kharbatallahs. Beside the palace of El Salalam, a 260-meter-high Fadha Kings torrent lifts the water, while the empty space in the business quarters of Jeddah is filled with sculptural groups of the most bizarre shapes and styles. The unique and distinctive building of the tank can also be a special feature. The city has a rich collection of museums, with the Hallelujah Museum and the Museum of the City Council standing out.
The seaside beaches, hotel complexes with all the amenities, the sun-drenched, spacious seaside promenades will delight holidaymakers. The local markets are rich, lively, and uncommonly colorful, where the exuberance of the variety is a sight to behold. The city is visited not only by Muslim pilgrims, but also by Christians. The Christian cemetery of Jeddah – the burial place of the legendary Eve.
- Air quality: 17 US AQI Good. Air quality is satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk.
- Tap water: No, not drinkable
- Religious government: Religious
- Population: 4,000,000 people
- Population density: euro euro not busy: 17x17m 289m per person
- GDP: $19,817 / year
- Foreigners can own real estate: Yes
- Power outlets: 115V230V60Hz
- Internet: 9 Mbps
- Best wireless: STC
- Tipping: Tipping is expected to be between 10% and 15% for good service, unless there is a service charge added to the bill. If there is a service charge there is no need to tip, unless the service was exceptional. If your food is delivered you should tip between 1 and 3 SAR.
- Apartments: Airbnb
- Hotels: Booking.com
- More hotels: Hotels.com
- Best taxi: Careem
- Best coworking space: Flat6labs
- Best short-haul air carrier: Qatar
- Best intl air carrier: Emirates
- Monthly costs for expat: $1600
- Monthly costs for family: $3700
- Monthly costs for local: $1050
- Meal: $8
- Small Cola: $1.3
- Beer 1 Pint: $4
- Coffee: $2.5
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