The cosmopolitan city of Jeddah is irrefutably the commercial center of Saudi Arabia. Tourists from all over the world choose Jeddah as their first pick among other cities in the kingdom. While many of the Saudi cities are too strict in keeping their traditions and social mores, Jeddah is relatively lenient. There are in fact some areas in the city where the religious police (mutawa) stir clear from. While most of the Saudi cities are scorching hot throughout the year, Jeddah enjoys the breeze from the Red Sea. And in honor of the sea, one of the city’s leading shopping centers is called Red Sea Mall.
There are a handful of modern malls in Jeddah and Red Sea Mall is clearly one of the most leading ones. It is equipped with modern facilities and efficient air-conditioning to make sure shoppers are comfortable as they enjoy looking for whatever it is they fancy.
Travelers to Jeddah are advised to travel light since the big malls have everything that anyone might need. This is true. The Red Sea Mall has hundreds of stores that sell all sorts of international brands ranging from electronic gadgets, pieces of jewelry, garments, clothes, shoes, to souvenir items. This 3-storey shopping center also has an amusement park, kids club, large aquariums, and a food court among other attractions. Its leading retail store is the Danube.
The Red Sea plays an important role to the history, culture and life in Jeddah, and so the mall was aptly named as such. Saudi Arabia is a vast desert, and it is to Jeddah’s delight that the city is located on the shores of the Red Sea. The city has actually won the moniker ‘Bride of the Red Sea’.
Other than just christening a mall after itself, the Red Sea provides a number of attractions to the city, which include the waterfront area, beaches and a handful of dive sites. The waterfront area is about a thousand kilometers long and on this stretch are several tourist attractions, shops, restaurants, and city landmarks. The place is called Jeddah Corniche, and it is one of the city’s most frequently visited spots. It is also along the Corniche where one might find King Fahd’s Fountain, the highest water fountain in the world. It shoots seawater to a height of over 300 meters.
Meanwhile, nowhere else in the country could one enjoy a balmy swim in the Red Sea than on the leading Jeddah beaches. There is a portion along the waterfront where the religious police many not enter. This means foreigners and locals can party and put on sexy bikinis. This only happens here in Jeddah.
Also, off the coast of Jeddah are spectacular dive sites that remain relatively untouched and undiscovered today. Diving has not caught on that much in Saudi Arabia because it is a sport not widely appreciated by the locals. Dive instructors in Jeddah, however, are world-class, having been trained by top American and British dive operators.
The Red Sea provides life, entertainment and plenty of fun. History also proves that the first people in Jeddah settled along the seashore. Today, the sea lends its name to the Red Sea Mall, rightfully so because this mall provides fun, entertainment and life to the people of Jeddah.