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“A gradually building hub of cultural and tourist activity”
Review of Balad

Balad
Ranked #1 of 61 things to do in Jeddah
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

From the architectural heritage through a growing number of galleries and museums, Balad is starting to build momentum.

Thank David H
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"old city"
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"gold market"
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"historical area"
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"world heritage site"
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"market area"
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"dry fruits"
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"narrow streets"
in 8 reviews
"traditional food"
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"street vendors"
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"prayer times"
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"shopping centre"
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"during ramadan"
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"saudi arabia"
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"visit this place"
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Reviewed 28 March 2018

Balad sis one of the most visited places here in Jeddah, KSA. It is somewhat complete with cheap yet durable products good for presents to your families wherever you are in this world. Majority of the Overseas Filipino workers, along with other expats used to buy those products there at a very reasonable price.

1  Thank Wynguard23
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Reviewed 28 March 2018 via mobile

Aside from the years of repurposing, this neighborhood is the nexus of an initiative to increase awareness of Jeddah’s historical significance to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. A deep water port, it was attached by Portuguese Conquistadors and also served as a waypoint for travelers making Hajj and Umra.

Plenty of souks with everything from spices to dates to traditional clothing. Very lively in between prayer times!

Thank scottemac00
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Reviewed 14 March 2018

The Balad area is one of the top sights in Jeddah and is a very traditional Arabic market. Other reviewers will tell you about the sights you can see here. However, many people (including me at first) wonder which streets to aim for. So do the following;

• In Google maps, save the following locations; Makkah Gate, Suq Al Alawi, Nassif House Museum, Balad Gate.
• Walk along the road that connects these points which is mostly (but not fully) pedestrianized.
• Explore the side alleys and roads.
• Parking is a nightmare. So either bring lots of coins for the meter, have a parking account, use a taxi, or come on a Friday when parking is free.

The architecture is wonderful, the ramshackle falling down state of the buildings is quite a sight, and the various shops are worth exploring. You don’t get much hassling from the vendors so you can generally browse at your leisure.

Give it a visit as this place is quite an eyeful!!

1  Thank Superpear
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Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

A heritage feel in contrast to ever-growing modern city of Jeddah.
A must visit for the first timers. Traffic can be bad in this old part of the city and is comparitively conservative area.
You can look at the old buildings with intricately carved windows, outstanding work!
Shopping for all kinds of goods can be done here.
The heritage buildings are well preserved.
Do visit!

Thank aggarwalaparna
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