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“heart of city ancient city jeddah”
Review of Balad

Ranked #2 of 54 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.
Mumbai (Bombay), India
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“heart of city ancient city jeddah”
Reviewed January 13, 2014

I wanted to purchase , some dryfruits, a 32 inch lcd ( to bring lcd from saudi is cheaper) , and ofcourse if possible check for gold prices. All people suggested me one location i.e. balad. Go to balad and you will get everything. I took a taxi to reach to balad and stucked in traffic jam and then as usual hurried taxi driver dropped me as per his convenience. so try to avoid the peak hours like evening time.

you can find there a bif railway engin shape is created for a food chain hotel and asmall shopping centre. you can get a good deal for dryfruits here. rememeber to bargain well as they increase the rate onc they see you entering the shop.

make good negotiations and you can get good deal specially on pista,walnuts and dates. I saw n number of date types. they offer it for test before purchase. the dates rate range from 10 riyals to 120 riyals

Another thing is to search for gold shops where you can buy simcard size gold biscuit; lot of people purchase it and carry it to home. check it on the main street of balad and you can find lot more shops. Also gold chain can be seen and you can bargain and purchae. there is no charges for the making of ornaments

Visited April 2013
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Bangalore, India
Level 6 Contributor
137 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“A Melting Pot of Multicultural Experience!!!!”
Reviewed January 9, 2014

This downtown meeting point of choice by many a locals and travelers alike is indeed worth the time spent.Fair amount of shopping experience for almost everything one can think of is possible. Surely, a place all to visit any time of the year!!!!

Visited January 2014
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Level 5 Contributor
77 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“In the middle of the arabian market”
Reviewed January 8, 2014

This whole area is worth a full day. In Jeddah, the "day" starts very late and goes until midnight or later, so sleep in. The market has everything from stunning gold jewelry, better than anything I have EVER seen in the US to cheap chinese trash and everything in between. The area can be dirty, noisy and very crowded. The Saudis do not have the same idea of personal space so expect people to be leaning against you in lines and crowds. The market is vast and has wonderful shops full of rugs, Islamic religious items and everything else. We ate a big lunch for 56 cents each at a hole in the wall shop. (just close your eyes when they prepare it and consider it art of the experience). When a shop owner gives a price, always make a lower offer, bartering is considered customary and some shop keepers get a little offended if you do not try to negotiate.

Visited December 2013
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Skopelos, Greece
Level 4 Contributor
17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Mid East mall”
Reviewed January 8, 2014

If you feel like getting a feel of a pure middle eastern shopping area...visit it...!! A few nice shops, a lot of canteens and markets.

Visited February 2013
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Gouda, The Netherlands
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Outstanding for Jeddah”
Reviewed December 7, 2013

This area wouldn't be my first choice in any other country to hang around but as you don't have a lot of options in Jeddah (and the KSA in general) this is close to the best you can get. There is a relaxed atmosphere and you can easily spend an hour or 2 strollling around this area.

Visited December 2013
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