In any discussion about Saudi Arabia’s most prominent tourist sites, Jeddah is inevitably at the forefront.
The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage made sure that its campaign, Saudi Winter, which runs until the end of March, strived to do the city justice.
The Commission marked out more than 17 winter tourism destinations. With its enchanting atmosphere in the winter and its various sites and monuments, Jeddah is mentioned as an excellent destination.
When speaking of Jeddah as a touristic destination, one cannot but start with Al-Balad (also known as its Historic District), which UNESCO has labeled a World Heritage Site.
Strolling through Jeddah’s historic streets is a unique experience, akin to wandering around in an open-air architecture museum. Its buildings have their own unique style, as do its old shops and streets. The smell of incense and spices that many of the country’s markets are renowned for give a visit to the city a special aroma and a distinctive feel.
The historic district is home to several heritage sites and buildings, like the Old Wall and the Gate of Makkah. It boasts Beit Nassif, the most renowned of Jeddah’s architectural landmarks, where Saudi Arabia’s founder King Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud lived. It is home to the Matbouli House Museum, with its Hijazi architecture and intricately decorated wood-clad entrances.
Perhaps a visit to the Historic District in Jeddah is worthwhile as part of Saudi Winter, which offers more than 300 experiences and various packages provided by over 200 private companies.