Jeddah

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Jeddah

جدّة Jidda
City
Jeddah Skyline
Jeddah Skyline
Flag of Jeddah
Flag
Coat of arms of Jeddah
Coat of arms
Nickname(s): 
The Bride of the Red Sea
CountrySaudi Arabia
ProvinceMakkah (Mecca)
EstablishedFrom the 6th century BC
Joined Saudi Arabia1925
Government
 • City MayorHani Abu Ras[1]
 • City GovernorMishaal bin Majid
 • Provincial GovernorKhalid al Faisal
Area
 • Urban
1,686 km2 (651 sq mi)
 • Metro
3,000 km2 (1,000 sq mi)
Elevation
12 m (39 ft)
Population
(2012)
 • City5,112,018
 • Density2,921/km2 (1,826/sq mi)
 • Urban
3,855,912
 • Metro
5,318,636
 Jeddah City estimate
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EAT)
Postal Code
(5 digits)
Area code(s)+966-2
WebsiteJeddah 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". Saudigazette.com.sa. 2010-08-19. Retrieved 2011-04-17.