Whether you are here for business or on leisure the ideal way to start your day is with breakfast in one of the numerous cafes near the hotel. If I had to pick one, it would be Caffe Aroma. A delightful morning can also be spent wandering the seething streets of the Old Town (Al Balad), an area that has retained the charm of the Jeddah of yesteryear. Browse through the bazaar offering traditional wares, and afterwards, visit any one of the nearby museums, like the Naseef Museum.
Your perfect afternoon will start with a spot of lunch at one of the most popular food emporiums in town. The Al Baik food chain is an institution, selling roast chicken that is out of this world. Trust me, it's a must. After lunch, head 20 minutes out of town to Obhur, a scenic spot on the shores of the Red Sea. From the nearby Al Ahlam Marina you can hire a jetski or boat, or try scuba diving in the coral reefs off the coast. If you have time to spare, round off the afternoon with some traditional Arabic coffee and local dates which all in Jeddah will offer.
Spend the evening on Tahlia Street, one of the region's most famous streets. Lined with shopping malls it's full of international brand-name stores selling every conceivable item. For Aroma somewhere to eat I recommend the upmarket Black Rose restaurant nearby, especially if it's dinner for two.
In Saudi Arabia men are not allowed to wear shorts in public; for ladies it is mandatory to wear a black gown called an abaya before venturing out in public.
Saudi Arabia is one of the biggest publishers of the Holy Koran in the world. Upon completing their Hajj, each pilgrim is given a Holy Koran as a gift.
One of the tallest fountains in the world, with a spray 260 metres high, it is located just in front of our hotel.
Saudi Arabia is one of the top producers of oil in the world and has 25 percent of the world's known oil reserves.