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Address: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Description: Reminiscent of the Arabian nights fairytales, this vibrant marketplace...
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.
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Shop, dine

Balad is an old reliable shoppung center. A lot of sorts kind of business. It is so popular for visitors expats and even locals. It is one of the busiest place.. you need to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
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Jeddah
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015 via mobile

Balad is an old reliable shoppung center. A lot of sorts kind of business. It is so popular for visitors expats and even locals. It is one of the busiest place.. you need to huddle with crowd if you want to enjoy the place. It is a mix group of crowds..theres a big market of gold... exchange centers or banks... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Gold and garments mostly. You can see both the old and modern Saudi Arabian architecture and buildings and perhaps the market itself is arranged in such a way that by simple strolling around you will find almost all the goods clustered. But beware of fake items as well but the shoppers are honest by saying it as high quality and... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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21 reviews 21 reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Market place for Business Traveler. All sort of Wholesaler & Retailer are available at this Market specially for Electrical, Hardware, Building Materials. Business traveler should visit this market at least once.

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New York City, New York
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

If you are in Jeddah this is a must see. Wonderful old buildings with traditional architecture many unfortunately many in disrepair with crowds on the streets, but it is all authentic and gives you a flavor of what old Jeddah was and in this part of town still is like. Best to go with someone who knows the area and... More 

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Jeddah heritage place. renowned place for shopping. especially friday after 4pm. crowded by many nationalities. almost all brand shops< tasty restaurants, jewelry shops etc. nice mosque available here.

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Yanbu, Saudi Arabia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Shoppers heaven... In balad you could get all the items much cheaper than any other place in the city. beware of the duplications....

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USA
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338 reviews 338 reviews
152 attraction reviews
291 helpful votes 291 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

You have to see this part of Jeddah while it still exists. In spite of it being named a World Heritage site, Saudi Arabia has a terrible record of historic preservation. Many old buildings there are just falling down. Try to go with someone who knows their way around all the alleyways and backstreets. It is like a trip back... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

if you need any shopping experience try balad you will find from high end shopping to average pocket.there are pelty of shopping malls like corniche centre,al ghazzaz,for food you have nice Indonesian fast food restaurant,the nazigoreng is out standing there few Indian restaurants holidays is the best the cauliflower curry is mouth watering but evening time is heavy traffic on... More 

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saudi arabia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

see how Jeddah Played an essintial role in International trade China India to Arabia Chaina India to Europe. See how multi cultures environment and divesity contributed in making a unique buildings of the old city.

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Jeddah
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Look past the dirt and ignore the hustle and appreciate what once was..... And it's a very special place. Individuals are workng hard to preserve and restore the now fragile history of a bygone era, many are not. Explore it with someone who is familar with all the hidden gems in the tiny alleyways and you ll enjoy it so... More 

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