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“History and shoping”
Review of Balad

Ranked #1 of 61 things to do in Jeddah
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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 April 30, 2013

Have been in jeddah many times, visit balad area, its very good combination of historical buidings and street shopping, on one side the shopping centres of corniche ,mahmal,faisalyah and queens to other side of historical buildings of long back ago in history and architecture combination.
The best stop if you visit al balad is corniche centre or queens building from where you can start the trip of endless shopping and street food and roaming around the historical dist, the main bus stop of saptco, from where busues comes from all over the kingdom is also just 10 minutes walk.in balad you can find showroom of cartier and rolex and on other hand you can find items of 5 riyal also. So amazing combination of modern and past.

2  Thank jiwani1563
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Reviewed April 24, 2013

Built from layers of sea stones and wood.
Many story buildings that are still in use.
Many, unfortunately, are neglected.
Unique to the area.

Thank Ahmad_Kloub
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

I lived in Jeddah for almost a decade some years ago, and return almost every year. Al-Balad (or "downtown" or "city center") is always on my places to visit when I return 'home'. Al-Balad is the area of the city where one experiences a true 'souk' experience in Jeddah, with small shops selling everything from textiles to gold. Alley-way after alley-way of small shops selling the gamut of merchandise, Al-Balad is one of the few places where bargaining reigns - actually, it is expected. If you are ever in Jeddah, take time away from Tahlia Street and Heraa and come to the core of the Hejazi mercantile history. Even if you don't buy anything, you won't regret it....guaranteed!

Thank Philip AllN C
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

Ignore the malls and head down to Balad for a taste of real Jeddah. Yes, it's rundown in places but this is the authentic gateway to Mecca, with some really stunning and unique old buildings.

1  Thank C.Cambridge
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

We visited this area twice during our recent trip to Jeddah. When the stores and market are closed for religious observance during the early part of the day on a weekend (Friday), there will be few people to be found. This resulted in a great opportunity to see the architecture and appreciate the history of the area. Look up to see the varied use of wood for small balconies and window coverings. Many of the buildings are in various states of disrepair and there is obvious poverty in the area. Streets may be dirt or stone, wide or very narrow. The area seems to have become the location where many relatively poor immigrants congregate. We felt relatively safe in the area as we walked throughout the streets; some caution is always recommended though. When the stores and the market are open, the area is full of people and life. This is a busy open market with vendors on the streets and stores on the side. There are several stores that specialize in gold, jewellery, perfume and foods. Prices are negotiable but know your prices (especially if buying gold). Souvenirs are difficult to find but the Date (fruit) and Perfume shops are worth a visit. Do not be afraid to ask to sample the different varieties of dates (be reasonable though). There are several different varieties, and dates may be preserved to a lesser or greater degree. The result is a huge variation in flavour, texture, and "toughness."

If you do not have American money the money exchange offices in the area may be the best place to exchange money. The exchange rates here were far better for other currencies than at the airport.

1  Thank Don_K_Kingston
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