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  • Travel Information

    Jeddah is a Saudi Arabian city located on the coast of the Red Sea and is the major urban center of western Saudi Arabia. It is the largest city in Makkah Province, the largest sea port on the Red Sea, and the second largest city in Saudi Arabia after the capital city, Riyadh. The population of the city currently stands at over 3.4 million. It is an important commercial hub in Saudi Arabia.

    Jeddah is the principal gateway to Mecca, Islam's holiest city, which able-bodied Muslims are required to visit at least once in their lifetime. It is also a gateway to Medina, the second holiest place in Islam.

    Jeddah is the most cosmopolitan of all Saudi Arabian cities, hosting expatriates from all over the world who have made Jeddah their home. Economically, Jeddah is focussing on further developing capital investment in scientific and engineering leadership within Saudi Arabia, and the Middle East.


    Most of Saudi Arabia is desert. The central region consists of an eroded plateau, mostly arid and hot in the summer and cold in the winter. The western region is mountainous except on the coastal plain bordering the Red Sea, which includes the Jeddah area.

    Jeddah borders the Red Sea from the west and the Al-Sarawat Mountains from the east. It has no rivers or valleys but it includes Sharm Ob'hur, which connects the Red Sea to the other end of the city. The Sharm of Salman (also called the Gulf of Salman) borders the city from north.

    Unlike other Saudi Arabian cities, Jeddah retains its warm temperature in winter, which can range from 15 °C (59 °F) at midnight to 25 °C (77 °F) in the afternoon. Summer temperatures are very hot, often breaking the 40 °C (104 °F) mark in the afternoon and dropping to 30 °C (86 °F) in the evening. Rainfall in Jeddah is generally sparse, and usually occurs in small amounts in December. There have also been several notable incidents of hail. Heavy thunderstorms are common in winter.

    The city's geographical location places it at the heart of the region covered by the Middle East and North Africa, with all their capitals within two hours flying distance, defining Jeddah as the second commercial center of the Middle East after Dubai.Also,

    Jeddah's industrial district is the fourth largest industrial city in Saudi Arabia after Riyadh, Jubail and Yanbu.

    Local Time
    Jeddah is 3 hours ahead of GMT.

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  • Tourist Information

    Jeddah has been a port and trading city for centuries, which is reflected in its cosmopolitan mix of inhabitants. Today, it is one of the major commercial centres of Saudi Arabia. It also has many government offices. Jeddah is known in the kingdom for its shopping districts, restaurants and cafes. It also hosts the Jeddah Corniche, which is the largest in the Kingdom with a great bunch of hotels, beaches and resorts clustered around it.

    It is also the main entry point, either by air or sea, for pilgrims making the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina, the two sacred cities of Islam. Both are a few hours inland from Jeddah.

    Jeddah is a huge city that sprawls along the coast of the Red Sea, connected together by the Corniche, a seaside avenue full of sculptures and nearly 30 km long. The old city or al-Balad, on the southern side of modern Jeddah, is a crumbling but fascinating warren of multi-story houses made from coral. The main thoroughfare Medina Road starts from the northern side of al-Balad and runs all the way to the city.



    Al-Balad (Old Town)

    Jeddah's top sight is al-Balad, or the old town. The city wall has long since been torn down, but the old gates still mark where it once stood. Within you'll find a warren of ancient buildings and traditional souqs, and the teetering, multistory coral houses that Jeddah is famous for. Unfortunately, coral is not a very durable building material, and most of the buildings are in disrepair. Spend time wandering around the old city and get lost in the seemingly endless souqs.

    Souq al-Alawi

    At the heart of the old city, coral houses line both sides of this busy market street.

    Naseef House

    The former house of one of Jeddah's main trading families is now being renovated as a museum. Great views are available from the top floors when it's open.



    Scuba Diving

    Scuba diving is a major draw for expats in the Kingdom. Because of Jeddah's location on the Red Sea, the flora and fauna are quite similar to what you'd see on Egypt's Red Sea Coast or off the Sinai Peninsula, only minus all the tourists. Visibility can be spectacular (30-40m is common) and the corals are virtually untouched. There are plenty of interesting sites to explore like the Chicken Wreck, a boat carrying tons of frozen chicken that hit the reef and sunk at a depth of 10-18m. Most of the better dive sites are around one hour out to sea by speed boat.

    Sail Island

    When the blazing Saudi Arabian sun becomes too much for you to handle, try checking out the water park at Sail Island. The park was built on artificial peninsula and is covered by several sail-like tents, which offer shade while you enjoy the pool and recreation facilities.

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  • Visa Information

    Saudi Arabia Visas


    Who requires a visa?

    Required by all except the following:
    (a) nationals of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and United Arab Emirates;
    (b) transit passengers continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft within 18 hours, provided holding valid onward or return documentation, not leaving the airport and making no further landing in Saudi Arabia, except nationals of Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Nigeria who always require a transit visa.
    (c) holders of re-entry permits and 'Landing Permits' issued by the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    Restricted entry:
    (a) Holders of an Israeli passport or passports with Israeli stamps in them.
    (b) Passengers not complying with Saudi conventions of dress and behaviour, including those who appear to be in a state of intoxication, will be refused entry.
    (c) There are special regulations concerning pilgrims entering Saudi Arabia. Contact the Consulate (or Consular section at Embassy) for further information.


    What documents will be required?

    1. A passport valid for at least six months, with at least two clear visa pages adjacent to each other and a visa are required for entry.
    2. One recent passport size color photograph with a white background.
    3. A completed application form filled-out with a black ink pen or printed.
    4. All visitors to the Kingdom must have a return ticket.


    Time required to issue a visa:

    At least 24 hours. At least 1 week if applying by post. For information on processing time for all other types of visa, contact the Saudi Consulate in your country of residence.


    What is the cost of a visa?

    Family Visit £39; Business and Work £10 if paying at Embassy or SR1000 to be paid by employer in Saudi Arabia; Multiple entry: £96; Residency: £10; Transit: £10; Pilgrim (Ummra) Visa: no charge.

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  • The Venue

    The Jeddah Centre for Forums & Events is a well-established and purpose built exhibition venue in Saudi Arabia . Known for its high standards of service and sophisticated infrastructure, set-up and owned by the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the exhibition centre is a multi-functional venue which offers around 40,000 square metres of total area.

    This state-of-the-art facility has an air-conditioned event space of 10,000 square metres including a modern conference hall, restrooms, a well-furnished business centre, cafeterias, mosque, car parking facility for visitors, exhibitors & VIPs and many more such facilities.

    With its convenient location, the Jeddah Centre for Forums & Events is advantageously situated from the nearby business centers, government offices, malls and government offices on Madina Road.

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  • Book your Flights

    Jeddah is served by King Abdulaziz International Airport, situated 19 kilometres to the North of the city. A list of airlines operating flights into Jeddah is provided below for your information. The Cityscape hospitality team is available to assist you with flight and transfer bookings.

    Airlines to Jeddah International Airport
    Air Arabia Ethiopian Airlines nas air
    Air Canada Etihad Airways Qatar Airways
    Air France Felix Airways RAK Airways
    Air India Garuda Indonesia Royal Air Maroc
    Ariana Afghan GMG Airlines Royal Brunei
    Bahrain Air Gulf Air Royal Jordanian
    Biman Bangladesh Airlines IranAir Saudi Arabian Airlines
    bmi Jazeera Airways Singapore Airlines
    British Airways Jet Airways South African Airways
    Buffalo Airways Jubba Airways Sri Lankan Airlines
    Cathay Pacific Kuwait Airways Sudan Airways
    Cham Wings Airlines Lion Airlines/Lion Mentari Air Swiss
    China Southern Lufthansa Syrian Air
    Cyprus Airways Malaysia Airlines Tunisair
    Daallo Airlines MEA Turkish Airlines
    Egypt Air Oman Air Yemenia
    Emirates PIA  

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  • Book Your Stay

    We at the Cityscape Jeddah hospitality are pleased to inform you that for our exhibitors and their guests we have negotiated and secured some special rates with the hotels in Jeddah for their stay during Cityscape Jeddah scheduled on 5 - 7 April 2015 at Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events, Saudi Arabia. Below is the list of hotel options and rates.

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    Jeddah Hilton * 20 to 25 minutes drive 5 Star Hilton Deluxe Room 1400 1575
    Pullman Al Hamra Jeddah * 20 to 25 minutes drive 5 Star Standard Room 699 789
    Radisson Blu Hotel Jeddah ** 25 to 30 minutes drive 4 Star Deluxe Room 725 825
    SAR (Saudi Arabian Riyal) per room per night, inclusive of taxes
    Other Inclusions:
    * With breakfast
    ** With breakfast & internet

    You can contact the Informa Hospitality Desk on:

    Telephone Numbers : +971 4 407 2710 and +971 4 407 2694
    Fax Number : + 971 4 335 2619
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Under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Misha'al bin Majed bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Jeddah