Jeddah is a city that has been inhabited for over a thousand years. At its centre was commerce with pilgrims and traders from around the Muslim world bringing their wares and trading them here. Some even settled here.
For a lot of us, it’s actually hard to imagine what the city was like during the early years of the oil boom or even before it. These photos can perhaps help you with just that.
The narrow lanes of old Jeddah used to look so wide back then
An image from 1949 of the Baghdadi House
This is a painting depicting Jeddah in the 1800s
This used to be Al Baik’s first logo
There used to be no barrier between us and the sea back then
This was before there was a thing called a drone
Jeddah’s oldest mosque – Masjid Al Shafei
School buses were just like those in America
Not exactly from the black and white era, but nonetheless a gem to frame on your wall