OVERVIEW

With its spectacular coastline dotted with sandy beaches, and proximity to two of the holiest sites in Islam – Mecca and Medina – Jeddah has always been a city of contrasts. Its distinct cosmopolitan vibe can be traced back to the ancient city’s heritage as the first port of call for pilgrims and traders who visited from faraway lands, leaving their indelible mark on Jeddah’s rich history. Al Balad, the UNESCO-listed historical centre, dates back to the 7th century, and is best explored on foot through narrow alleyways that give way to beautiful coral-stone houses, quirky cafes and art galleries.

In the modern part of town, the city buzzes with locals and visitors drawn to the glittering waterfront hotels and smart seafood restaurants on the Cornice. Watching the sunset over the Red Sea with the iconic King Fahd’s Fountain as a backdrop is not to be missed. Shoppers are similarly spoiled for choice with prestigious brands congregating on Tahaliyah Street, while those looking for a more authentic experience should head to the city’s bustling souqs, such as Bado, Qabel, Khaskiah and Bab Shareef.

CULTURE

View of the ornate facade of the Nasseef Nassif coral town house, Souk al Alawi Street in the historic district of Al Balad, Jeddah

Nassif House Museum

The 150-year-old house has been restored and turned into a fascinating museum.

View of a narrow street with old coral town houses at the historic district Al Balad in Jeddah

Al-Balad

The oldest souk in Jeddah can be found in this Unesco-listed historical district.

FAMILY

Luxury yacht during ocean voyage /shutterstock

Hattan Marine

Everything from paddleboarding and water-skiing, to snorkelling trips, and rides on inflatables.

Yacht approaching tropical island /shutterstock

Al Manal Yacht

This 'boat for hire' offers fishing trips, snorkeling escapades as well as water activities.

FOOD

Fatayer pie samosa with white cheese and meat /shutterstock

Refaat

Lebanese supermarket, bakery and grocery store reputable for its delicious baked goods.

Shrimp spaghetti pasta /shutterstock

Pasta Corner

reasonably priced quick pasta dishes and a few desserts such as chocolate soufflé.

Mac and cheese pasta /shutterstock

Pasta Gusto

Moderately priced fresh pasta, salads and side dishes – and a play corner for children.

HEALTH & WELLBEING

Hair stylist in beauty salon /shutterstock

Oussama

Oussama is an at-home hairdresser recommended by fellow MCC members.

Hairdresser in gloves dyeing hair /shutterstock

Osama

Osama offers home hairdressing services and is recommended by MCC members.

Hairdresser taking care of blonde hair /shutterstock

Emad

Emad is a renowned private hairdresser recommended by MCC members.

HOME & GARDEN

MAB Decoration

MAB Wooden Industrial

MAB makes miracles happen with wood, from kitchens to designer wardrobes to fit any space.

Tins of paint / Shutterstock

Bliss Design Studio

Bliss Design Studio has a wide selection of fabric and wallpapers to make your project unique.

HOTELS

Al Hajrayn Village Jeddah

Al Hajrayn Village

Stylish compound of apartments and villas, with multiple facilities including pools & a fitness center.

J | ONE RESIDENCE / Jeddah

J | ONE RESIDENCE

Purpose-built residential community with every amenity to service its simple but stylish city apartments.

SHOPPING

Bouquet of roses /shutterstock

Redlines

As a flower and gift shop, Redlines also offers services for the gourmets of the bunch.

Fresh flowers leaves and bouquet tools /shutterstock

Rawnaq Flowers

Rawnaq Flowers makes quality bouquets to order, together with displays and accompanying gifts.

Young woman holding beautiful wicker basket full of blossoming flowers /shutterstock

Basket Flowers

Small but elegant flower shop with attractive bouquets and display, including balloons.

CULTURE

View of the ornate facade of the Nasseef Nassif coral town house, Souk al Alawi Street in the historic district of Al Balad, Jeddah

Nassif House Museum

The 150-year-old house has been restored and turned into a fascinating museum.

View of a narrow street with old coral town houses at the historic district Al Balad in Jeddah

Al-Balad

The oldest souk in Jeddah can be found in this Unesco-listed historical district.

FAMILY

Luxury yacht during ocean voyage /shutterstock

Hattan Marine

Everything from paddleboarding and water-skiing, to snorkelling trips, and rides on inflatables.

Yacht approaching tropical island /shutterstock

Al Manal Yacht

This 'boat for hire' offers fishing trips, snorkeling escapades as well as water activities.

FOOD

Fatayer pie samosa with white cheese and meat /shutterstock

Refaat

Lebanese supermarket, bakery and grocery store reputable for its delicious baked goods.

Shrimp spaghetti pasta /shutterstock

Pasta Corner

reasonably priced quick pasta dishes and a few desserts such as chocolate soufflé.

Mac and cheese pasta /shutterstock

Pasta Gusto

Moderately priced fresh pasta, salads and side dishes – and a play corner for children.

HEALTH & WELLBEING

Hair stylist in beauty salon /shutterstock

Oussama

Oussama is an at-home hairdresser recommended by fellow MCC members.

Hairdresser in gloves dyeing hair /shutterstock

Osama

Osama offers home hairdressing services and is recommended by MCC members.

Hairdresser taking care of blonde hair /shutterstock

Emad

Emad is a renowned private hairdresser recommended by MCC members.

HOME & GARDEN

MAB Decoration

MAB Wooden Industrial

MAB makes miracles happen with wood, from kitchens to designer wardrobes to fit any space.

Tins of paint / Shutterstock

Bliss Design Studio

Bliss Design Studio has a wide selection of fabric and wallpapers to make your project unique.

HOTELS

Al Hajrayn Village Jeddah

Al Hajrayn Village

Stylish compound of apartments and villas, with multiple facilities including pools & a fitness center.

J | ONE RESIDENCE / Jeddah

J | ONE RESIDENCE

Purpose-built residential community with every amenity to service its simple but stylish city apartments.

SHOPPING

Bouquet of roses /shutterstock

Redlines

As a flower and gift shop, Redlines also offers services for the gourmets of the bunch.

Fresh flowers leaves and bouquet tools /shutterstock

Rawnaq Flowers

Rawnaq Flowers makes quality bouquets to order, together with displays and accompanying gifts.

Young woman holding beautiful wicker basket full of blossoming flowers /shutterstock

Basket Flowers

Small but elegant flower shop with attractive bouquets and display, including balloons.