23 Lesser Known – Must Visit Places in Jeddah

Jeddah is known as the ‘bride of the Red Sea’ but there are very few places to visit in Jeddah. Sometimes, people really wonder what to do in Jeddah? Today I've brought you a compilation of 23 lesser-known things to do in Jeddah usually go unnoticed.

  1. Khalil Museum

On top of the list of places to visit in Jeddah is Tabiyat City which is the largest Museum in the city. Jeddah is one of those cities which have experienced different revolutions, handled by different rulers and several civilizations all which contribute to the city's history and culture.

Al Tabiyat City Museum is mainly for international civilizations been exhibited. There are many museums in Jeddah but this one particularly stands out. This is a Museum that resembles a mini-city within itself.

It has an area of ten thousand square meters, having twelve separate buildings with nearly three hundred complex rooms which make it known as ‘Jeddah's Louvre’. This Museum is thought to be situated in the older part of the city near Balad but it's actually situated in the modern city in Faisaliyah District around Siteen Street.

You can search it on Google Maps with the name of “Khaleel Museum”. Recommended: A Visit to Al Tayibat City Museum in Jeddah GPS Coordinates: 21.580847,39.176698

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  1. Salman Khaleej Beach

On number two we have Salman Khaleej Beach which is one of the greatest places to visit in Jeddah. This location describes properly where the desert meets the sea. This is probably one of the best beaches along this incredibly long coast between the still-developing Buhairat City and Resort Durrat Al Uroos.

The Beach stands out from the rest because of being barren, rugged and extremely breathe taking. This beach has a constant low tide where the waters retreat for miles giving it a very splendid view. This is taken as a day trip situated fifty kilometers north of the city. GPS Coordinates: 21.841815, 38.986420

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  1. Buhairat City

Next up at number three among the places to go in Jeddah is Buhairat City itself which are also known as Jeddah's very own palm Islands. This is an ideal mini city which was constructed and now reclaimed that would see from space.

The layout showcases a shape of a leaf at its center, topped off with an inverted crescent with many fronds exhibiting adjacent coast forming a breakwater. This was the reason for many projects like Durrat Al Uroos and Durat Ul Bahrain.

However, this project did not receive the appreciation it rightfully deserved. GPS Coordinates: 21.8297414, 39.0221715

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  1. Hayat Market

On number four is Hayat Market which is one of the most antique places to visit in Jeddah. This is a commercial center that stays abandoned for merely thirty years or so. It stands isolated in Azizia District.

They say time has stopped there because you can see signboards, cars, and buses all that date back to the 80's! What adds to the spookiness of this area is the children playing area with rusted metal, broken and shattered windows, unit signboards etc.

It is said that this building is haunted so no one even tries to go there. However, if you are adventurous, put it on your things to do in Jeddah. GPS Coordinates: 21.5475958, 39.212324

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  1. Ottoman Fort, Usfan Fort

On number five is the unexplored Ottoman Fort, Usfan Fort which is a unique archeological place to visit in Jeddah. This was built by the Ottomans nearly centuries ago. This is located in the north of the city around sixty kilometers north of Jeddah.

This fort stands on top of a small hill from where you can view a vast and open desert. It was built as a resting area for the pilgrims in the north. GPS Coordinates: 21.916297, 39.3399834

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  1. Moon Valley

On number six among the places to visit in Jeddah is the very famous Moon Valley which eye opener mountain formations that leave one in shock! This is located close to the Usfan. These rock formations date back to thousands of years.

This place has beautiful views which make it very popular amongst Jeddah residents. Usually, they come here for camping. If you do come by here make sure you do not miss out the sunset view! GPS Coordinates: 22.046436, 39.478017

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  1. Briman Junk Yard

Among the places to go in Jeddah, number seven is Briman Junk Yard. Now you would probably be surprised that how can visit a car junkyard be fruitful. Well, this one of the largest Car junkyards in the entire Arab World.

This is very famous amongst car owners and those who have a special interest in vehicles. This place can be used to get counterparts at a very cheap price.

However, this is closing down in a few years once the airport will be constructed and then it will be shifted to Usfan so make sure you visit it before that. GPS Coordinates: 21.614306, 39.234625

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  1. Eastern Forest

Among the places to visit in Jeddah, number Eight is the Eastern Forest. This is a green project by the Saudi Authorities for covering up a nasty Musk Lake which was once used for Jeddah's sewage disposal.

Nowadays, however, the tables have turned and residents of Briman and Al Ajwas visit here to spend the Weekends. This area has nearly 160 different kinds of trees. However, make sure you have a good ride because the roads aren't at all stable. GPS Coordinates: 21.640036, 39.362811 

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  1. Al Fahad Shipwreck at Shuaiba

Shipwrecks at Shuaiba is one of the beautiful places to visit in Jeddah. The beach at Shuaiba becomes a very popular getaway from the hustle and bustle of the week which is located just near the city of Al Lith.

There have been nearly three shipwrecks along this coast dating from 1997 to 2004. This is most common amongst photographers who wish to capture shipwrecks. Recommended: What is Al-Fahad Shipwreck in Jeddah? GPS Coordinates: 20.802017, 39.425578 

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  1. Royal Palace of King Abdul Aziz, Khuzam Palace

On number ten among the places to visit in Jeddah, we have the Royal Palace of King Abdul Aziz, Khuzam Palace. This is a magnificent palace which is known as a haven of serenity built completely in Traditional and historical Arabian Architecture. It is built with glass and concrete.

This palace is one of the oldest buildings of Jeddah and yet one the lesser known wonders. However, now only a few parts of this Palace remains, with the rest being modernized containing a large Islamic Bank, a picturesque mosque, a large water reservoir, a university, and an Olympic-size swimming pool.

Although the palace's most notable areas still stand that include the King's residential area, the grand palace gate along with the Royal Court. GPS Coordinates: 21.475001, 39.209077

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  1. King Saud Mosque

Next up on number eleven is King Saud Mosque which is the largest mosque and one of the few religious places to go in Jeddah. This was designed by Abdel-Wahed El-Wakil. This mosque is made entirely of bricks which cover an area of 9,700 square meters.

It has a layout similar to the Great Mosque of Espahan thus exhibiting architectural influences from Persia and Egypt! Recommended: Top 10 Most Beautiful Masjids of Jeddah GPS Coordinates: 21.522261, 39.182722 

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  1. South Corniche

Next up on number twelve is South Corniche which does not receive a lot of visitors compared to its northern part that has a lot of them. Visiting this place should be on your priority things to do in Jeddah.

It is located around thirty kilometers south of Jeddah where the Corniche is not spoilt, used for swimming filled with numerous islands. GPS Coordinates: 21.243376, 39.140015 

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  1. Saudi Airlines First Aircraft

Followed by this on number thirteen is the Saudi Airlines First Aircraft which was firstly situated on the Tayyara Roundabout on the Sabeen Street. However, now it's situated inside the Price Majed Park on Thamaneen Street.

This was the first aircraft by Saudi Airlines that was started by the king of the time in the hope of beginning air travel in the States of Saudia Arabia. GPS Coordinates: 21.589142, 39.183630 

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  1. Bait al Naseef

Number fourteen here is Bait al Naseef which is truly a tucked away real gem and one of the most traditional places to visit in Jeddah. This stands as a proof for Jeddah's former glory and rise. This is situated in the historical district of Jeddah which will never go un-noticed!

This was constructed way back in 1881 by a Turkish Architect for a wealthy merchant family which now serves as a museum and cultural center. Before it's conversion to a museum, it was a Library that comprised of nearly sixteen thousand books.

This building redefined the architecture of Jeddah and spread Hejazi culture far and wide. Also, it was a temporary residence for the founder of Saudi Arabia, King Abdul Aziz. GPS Coordinates: 21.484389, 39.187400

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  1. Pink Lake

If you are through with Architecture visit the Salt Lake which isn't like the other lakes. There is a noteworthy level of salt in this lake which is situated in the north of the city. Recommended: Why The Pink Lake in the heart of Jeddah turn “Pink” in Summer?

This lake, however, is quite shallow. This is one of the most unique places to visit in Jeddah. The beauty of this is that when the water levels recede one can stand in and see the abundant and beautiful salt crystals sparkling the entire area. GPS Coordinates: 21.876582, 39.016118 

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  1. Souq Alhamam

Finally on Number sixteen is Souq Alhamam that is a bird market where every Friday the south of the city is filled with the voices of Bulbul's, pigeons, roosters and certain poultry.

This is one of the biggest markets for birds and reptiles in the Arab world. The market showcases rare birds and poultry that are brought in from several of the worlds and sold out in auctions.

The animals are not found at zoo's and are taken care of at farms and then sold every week. I hope after putting all of this Tourist Guide for you, you won't let my words go to visit and give these less renowned places a visit! GPS Coordinates: 21.378667, 39.224661

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  1. Al Shallal Theme Park, Jeddah, Makkah Province

If you search online for family-based entertainment opportunities in Jeddah, you will be ultimately lead to the Al Shallal Theme Park. Perhaps, it is one of those places to visit in Jeddah where you can plan your entire evening with family.

Even for those who have been living in Jeddah for a few years, this theme park is not common knowledge. Recommended: Al Shallal Theme Park Jeddah – an Oasis in Desert GPS Coordinates: 21.568062, 39.111108 

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  1. King Fahad Fountain Fountain, Jeddah

The King Fahad Fountain is also known as the Jeddah Fountain and is the tallest fountain in the whole world. This fountain was created in 1980 and raises the water to about 260 meters or 853 feet above sea level.

This magnificent view can be easily seen from anywhere in Jeddah city. The fountain uses salt water from the red sea and does not waste fresh water. Visiting this place should really be among the things to do in Jeddah. Recommended: World’s Tallest Fountains – Jeddah Fountain at No. 1 GPS Coordinates: 21.515639,39.145068 

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  1. The Bab Makkah of Jeddah

As the sun sets and the heat breaks down a bit, the open air market springs into action bringing with it a lot of activity. One such market which has great historical importance as well as in the area of Baab Makkah, which is also known as Makkah Gate.

The limestone coral boundary wall which was once part of the Baab Makkah may no longer exist; however, the magnificent and breathtaking gate still stands strong with only a hint of repair and reconstruction as many tourists are attracted to this great gate.

If you want to feel the old city of Jeddah, Bab Makkah is a must visit place among the places to visit in Jeddah. Recommended: The Bab Makkah of Jeddah – Old but Charming

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  1. Fakieh Aquarium Jeddah

Fakieh Aquarium just doesn’t promise to provide fun but also to be of some educational use for children. It is one of the most engaging places to visit in Jeddah.

It is huge and it is stunning! Moreover, it is kept clean and tidy and also well maintained. It is situated on the Sari Street of the Jeddah Corniche that has Red Sea coastline in the middle. 

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  1. Durat Al Arous, Jeddah

Durat Al Arous is an amusement village located in the North of Jeddah which is mainly for tourists so basically, it’s a tourist village. This is one of the most frequent places to visit in Jeddah by those who can afford it.

There’s nothing that would not be in Dural Al Arous for instance, schools, cafes, coffee shops, hotels, resorts, theme parks, a golf club, an equestrian club, recreation parks and a yacht marina. Recommended: 4 Special Things to do in Durat Al Arous, Jeddah

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  1. Al Balad City, Jeddah

Al-Balad is the Heritage part of the largest city of Saudi Arabia, Jeddah. Al Balad when translated means “The City” and after taking into account what this city actually has to offer, it is truly the city!

Al Balad was founded in the Seventh Century which in beginning served as the city center of Jeddah. People who want to smell the real feel of Jeddah, go to Balad which is truly one of the most amazing places to visit in Jeddah.

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  1. World's Tallest Flagpole in Jeddah

I'll be giving you some facts about the world's tallest flagpole situated in none other than Jeddah, Saudi Arabia!

Over the years the city of Jeddah has been on top of the tables for holding various records during the early '80s but as the neighboring Middle Eastern countries began to stabilize, Jeddah was unable to uphold in that field. Recommended: 9 Facts about World's Tallest Flagpole in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.