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جدّة Jidda
Jeddah Skyline
Jeddah Skyline
Flag of Jeddah
Coat of arms of Jeddah
Coat of arms
Nickname(s): The Bride of the Red Sea
Country Saudi Arabia
Province Makkah (Mecca)
Established From the 6th century BC
Joined Saudi Arabia 1925
 • City Mayor Hani Abu Ras[1]
 • City Governor Mishaal bin Majid
 • Provincial Governor Khalid al Faisal
 • Urban 1,686 km2 (651 sq mi)
 • Metro 3,000 km2 (1,000 sq mi)
Elevation 12 m (39 ft)
Population (2012)
 • City 5,112,018
 • Density 2,921/km2 (1,826/sq mi)
 • Urban 3,855,912
 • Metro 5,318,636
  Jeddah City estimate
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)
 • Summer (DST) EAT (UTC+3)
Postal Code (5 digits)
Area code(s) +966-2
Website Jeddah Municipality

Jeddah (also spelled Jedda, Jiddah, Jidda, or Juddah; جدّة Ǧiddah) is a Saudi Arabian city. It is on the coast of the Red Sea (21.50° N 39.1667° E). It is the major urban center in western Saudi Arabia. Jeddah is the largest city in the Western Province, and the second largest city in Saudi Arabia after the capital city Riyadh. The city has over 3.4 million people. It is seen as the business capital of Saudi Arabia and the richest city in the Middle East and western Asia.

Jeddah is the main gateway to Mecca, the holiest city of Islam, where able-bodied Muslims must go to at least once in a lifetime.

Sister cities[change | change source]

Jeddah has 23 sister cities (aka "twin towns"):

References[change | change source]

  1. "Abu Ras promises new Jeddah". 2010-08-19. Retrieved 2011-04-17.