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Historical Jeddah

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The History Behind Historical Jeddah

Historic Jeddah is situated on the eastern shore of the Red Sea. From the 7th century AD, it was established as a major port for Indian Ocean trade routes, channeling goods to Mecca. It was also the gateway for Muslim pilgrims to Mecca who arrived by sea.

Jeddah's Past

To wander Jeddah is to retrace the steps of traders and pilgrims, who for centuries thronged the streets of this thriving city, infusing it with a vibrancy and immediacy that still endures today. Known as 'the Bride of the Red Sea', Jeddah was welcoming visitors long before the Caliph Uthman Ibn Affan made the town the official seaport for the holy city of Makkah in 647CE.


Shop At An Array Of Unique Stores

Many guests enjoy taking photos next to all the different doors along Abu Enaba Street. You can then relax in a traditional coffee shop that used to be the home of one of the most prominent houses, Baeshen. There are a few souvenir shops in the area, as well as a bakery (Al Saeedi Bakery) that attracts the guests with its wonderful aroma. 

Before reaching Al Alawi Souq, you will come across an array of colorful textiles and garments from all over the world, available for wholesale. However, similar items can be bought in smaller quantities from Al Badou Souq which is located next to Bab Makkah.

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