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Balad

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Ranked #3 of 15 attractions in Jeddah
Type: Neighborhoods
Traveler Description: Al-Balad in Jeddah is a bustling souq area, with a good balance of indoor and outdoor souq. Get a taxi to drop you off at the Queens Building in... more »
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Manama, Bahrain
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

Few broken building and tonnes of beggars and pickpocketers. The crowd is rally bad around there and try your best to stay away. The area is also filthy with trash everywhere and a very lousy smell everywhere

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

There is not much to see or do in Jeddah. I like Balad mostly because of the old houses. If you walk through the souk, you can see a few beautiful houses. You can also walk over to the older area and see a lot of really old buildings, some of whom are half collapsed. But I still find it... More

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Navi Mumbai, India
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

From Food, Cloth, Perfumes, etc etc etc .... Anything you like .... is available here ... From Cheap to Costly .... From Retail to Wholesale every kind of price for you .... Do Purchasing @ Balad.

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6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Please plan your visit to this area around prayer times. For a drive around the old city areas, Friday morning is ideal as there is no traffic. Any other time can be chaotic. There is a large souq in Balad but is not very exciting, there is typical clothing and jewellery shops with not a lot of variety or culturally... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Balad is lovley place during winter and Ramadan, it is a historical site with old buildings made from sea corals. During the holy month of Ramadan you can find a lot of kiosk selling the traditional food and sweet, also you can buy traditional clothes and Islamic arts. Balad is crowded with various nationalities which adding flavor to it. to... More

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Saudi is not much focused on tourists. It's willingness to preserve its heritage seems low. Balad may stand out in the attempt to make Jeddah as non-descriptive as possible. This is a genuine nice place to be. Nice souk with lots of franchises offering various goods, ranging from (traditional) clothes, Korans, to jewelry. I have not found any decent restaurant... More

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Al-Balad is a magnificent piece of history - never before I had the opportunity to see small town built from the sea corals. This place is a must see in Jeddah, especially because it's one of the rare preserved historical sites in this area where you can experience spirit of the old ages. Several streets are still used as a... More

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

i like this place so much, it is the real old jeddah you can find any thing to purchase cheap. only the crowding it was so much crowed.

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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Our friends took us to the Balad the other night and it really felt like old Saudi Arabia. As we walked the streets it felt as we stepped back in time and I enjoyed that compared to all of the big shopping malls that the area offers. We went to the gold district that was something to see and experience,... More

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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238 reviews 238 reviews
135 attraction reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

You have not been to Jeddah if you have not visited Balad. This is Jeddah's downtown or city center. The terminal of Saudi Arabian Public Transport Company (SAPTCO) is located just opposite the Main Post Office Building. Loads of tour buses carrying pilgrims in big groups can be seen anywhere and any time of the day. There are enough parking... More

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