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Balad, the "Melting Pot" of Jeddah

I have been told by locals that Balad is among the oldest and most historic districts of Jeddah... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
ap0nce
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
lovely in Winter

AL Balad is the older part of Jeddah, You will find both popular and brand stuff. It is lovely to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Majdi M
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Reminiscent of the Arabian nights fairytales, 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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| Industrial Estate, Phase 3, Road 35, Street 33, Jeddah 21481, Saudi Arabia
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+966 53 605 2216
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been told by locals that Balad is among the oldest and most historic districts of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It is here where the oldest known structures are located. The area is also known to be a haven for shopping buddies as it offers...More

Thank ap0nce
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

AL Balad is the older part of Jeddah, You will find both popular and brand stuff. It is lovely to walk during winter months because of the good weather, I can't say the same for summer time. You will find clothes, spices, gold, watches, and...More

Thank Majdi M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Balad is one of the most interesting and authentic place in Jeddah where one can walk around and enjoy old narrow streets and historical buildings. It is especially lively during Ramadan nights when eveyone goes out; some art events are also in display in the...More

Thank Frederique B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I lived in Jeddah for two years, only leaving last week. I visited Al Balad many times. The place is magical. I became friends with many locals, just by hanging out in their shops or meeting them on the street. People are very friendly and...More

Thank pinky b
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Filthy and disgusting. Stay away unless you are coming for cheap counterfeit goods imported from China and India.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great Location and Great Islamic Design, very neat and Clean atmosphere around the Masjid and in the Middle of Shopping hub of Jeddah

Thank janab152
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although the town changed more into a large museum, there are still activities that relate to the days it once use to be. There are much to learn from historic-life then and architecture in Saudi Arabia many many years ago. It is a town one...More

Thank Hannes K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Jeddah's Historical District is a UNESCO Registered World Heritage Site. If you visit Jeddah you must visit it. The old historical homes where Jiddawis lived 100 years ago are beautiful. Also take a scroll in the old souq where you can buy Gold jewelry, silk...More

Thank aalaama
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

But avoid in peak summer, high humidity and hot weather. There’s local food kiosk, try to be sure about food safety and hygiene.

Thank Adi Z
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent food and good atmosphere - the view is good as it is a rotating restaurant. Parking is available

Thank Rizwana N
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Eress Allen D
8 June 2018|
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Response from aggarwalaparna | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I travelled to balad by taxi on both occassions. Sorry to say that I m clueless about the bus service connecting the areas. Hope someone else can help u.
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christinenervz
10 April 2018|
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Response from drkarimzanaty | Reviewed this property |
In Balad it seems its copy not original products. I suggest for this issue MAC - Makyagy - big known brands to gurantee quality
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Raffy L
8 February 2018|
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Response from Mohammad Israil S | Reviewed this property |
You can go near by restaurants, there are many it depend on your taste, and for DSLR camera, you can visit nearby Abdulwahed Store or Extra store .
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