Fast Facts

Saudi Arabia is a beautiful country rich in history, culture and ancient architecture. Jeddah, a Saudi Arabian port city on the Red Sea, is a modern commercial hub and gateway for pilgrimages to the Islamic holy cities Mecca and Medina.

Resort hotels, beaches and outdoor sculptures line the Corniche; a seafront promenade anchored by the iconic King Fahd’s Fountain. The city’s Al-Balad historic district dates to the 7th century and retains traditional homes built from coral.

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Location

Jeddah Hilton Hotel
Corniche Rd, Ash Shati, Jeddah 21362, Saudi Arabia

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Climate

Day time – 29°C (average)
Night time – 19°C (average)

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Religion

Islam is the state religion of Saudi Arabia

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Time

UTC+03:00

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Language

Arabic and English

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Business Day

Sundays to Thursdays, from 09:00 to 13:00 and 16:30 to 20:00
Major shopping malls and food outlets opens from (an average of) 10:00 to 21:00.

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Banking Hours

Most major retail banks in Jeddah operate from 09:00 to 12:00 from Sundays to Thursdays

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Electricity

In Saudi Arabia, the power sockets are of type A, B, C and G.
The standard voltage is 110/ 220 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz.

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Currency

Saudi Riyal (SAR)

1SAR = 0.27USD

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Tax and Tipping

Tipping in Jeddah isn’t customary as there is often a service charge added to the bill. Gratitude to staff at hotels and restaurants are at your discretion.

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Dress Code

Everyone is expected to dress appropriately as soon as they land in Jeddah. Therefore, if this is your first trip to Saudi Arabia, you will need to ensure that you have suitable clothes to wear as soon as you leave the plane.

Ladies are expected to own and keep an abaya alongside a headscarf in their hand luggage.

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Getting around

Jeddah does not have an extensive public transport system, hence, the easiest way to get around the city is by a private taxi. The taxi can be hailed along the streets or pre-booked by telephone.

Booking an Uber is also a great transport alternative in Jeddah. If you do not have an Uber App, download it for free via the App Store on iOs& Android.

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Medical Care

The standard of health care in Jeddah is among the best in the Middle East region. It is recommended that you bring medications in their original, clearly labelled containers. A signed and dated letter from your physician describing your medical conditions and medication, including generic names, is a good idea.

For emergency treatment, head straight to the nearest hospital or clinic (carry your ID/passport and any relevant insurance card). Pharmacists can give you valuable advice and sell over-the-counter medication for minor illnesses.

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Visa Requirements

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Credit & Debit Cards

Although Saudi Arabia is still largely a ‘cash’ society, credit cards arebecoming more popular. American Express, Visa and Mastercard are readily accepted in hotels, restaurants and shops throughout the country.

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Security and Emergency Numbers

Police: 999
Emergency Ambulance: 997
Fire Department: 998

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Custom Clearance

Passengers are only permitted to bring certain items, such as liquids, gels, pastes, lotions, creams and drinks sealed in containers with a capacity of 100ml or less past the security checkpoint. Items deemed to pose significant health or safety risks to others such as aerosols, potential weapons and flammable materials are not permitted past the security checkpoint as well.

Tourists are therefore advised to check the custom regulations of your destination country before departure.

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Al Balad Souk

Al Balad is home to the main traditional souks in Jeddah. Reminiscent of the Arabian nights fairy tales, this vibrant marketplace with multi-storied mud brick and stone buildings sells everything from textiles and sparkling silver and gold ornaments to spices and honey.

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Masjid Al Rahma (Floating Mosque)

Visited by millions every year, the Floating Mosque also known as Masjid Al Rahma and Fatima Al Zahra Mosque, is one of the most popular attractions of the city of Jeddah. Constructed on the coast of the Red Sea, the majestic mosque appears to be floating as it is built on pillars. The beautiful white mosque is a must-see for those visiting the city of Jeddah. The mosque is fully functional and is used by many for prayers along with those who are just visiting.