I know that headline probably left you gasping but hear me out, we love all of Saudi, every nook and cranny of it (duh). But Jeddawis will know that once you live in Jeddah, you really never go back (or in this case, intend to live in any other city.)
Jeddah’s like the cooler, older sister that has all the new sights, underwater activities and a variety of humans all living under it.
Here are the 7 ways that Jeddah dims other cities’ shine:
1. Jeddah is a melting pot of cultural experiences
Don’t you worry about traveling or learning a new language thanks to Jeddah. The city is such a melting pot of different cultures due to the expats that work here, it’s honestly refreshing.
Some days you’ll find yourself speaking in Saudi, other days your accent is formed to a more Lebanese one. Sometimes you’ll eat kabsa, other days you’re good with Yemeni, Filipino or Indian dishes.
Either way, Jeddawis are used to this sort of thing considering the city is home to more foreigners than locals, unlike Riyadh, for example.
2. Restaurants and eateries can be found anywhere and everywhere
Not only is Jeddah home to so many branches of Al Baik (thankfully!) but restaurants of every cuisine are spread out across the entire city.
Dining is never boring in the city plus you get the option of fine-dining or budget-friendly, either of which will still end up tasting DELISH.
3. We have the Red Sea to our advantage
Thanks to Jeddah’s proximity to the Red Sea, Jeddawis get to indulge in more underwater activities such as; deep-sea diving, snorkeling or taking boat trips during the summer.
4. The close proximity to Makkah and Madinah
Considering that the distance between Makkah and Jeddah is only 70 km, living in Jeddah (especially if you’re Muslim), has its perks.
5. There’s so much to do, places to see and communities to meet
You’ll find a great range of people in Jeddah who are super-duper friendly, adding to more quality-filled friendships. There’s communities in various parts of the city, like the Ploggers in Jeddah who run with a group of people, while picking up trash.
Apart from that, events are CONSTANTLY taking place in this city. You name the type of event, they’ve probably done it.
Don’t believe us? Read this list of things you can do in Jeddah, fyi this probably doesn’t even cover half of it.
6. The weather won’t drastically change (which means you spend less on wardrobe)
Unlike Riyadh and other areas in the Kingdom that experience a wide range of weather like the snow, rain and extreme heat from the sun, Jeddah isn’t as prone to all this.
Thankfully, being in a coastal area means Jeddah’s weather pretty much stays around the same- all year round. The only thing you gotta worry about is the humidity during hot summer months but as for snowing, not so much.
All your clothes won’t be subjected to neglect, that’s fo sho.
7. For a big city, there’s loads of things you get to do in Jeddah that won’t cost you a dime
So many things families can do on the weekends that won’t cost more than SAR10, if you know where to look.