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“Stunning architecture, the most beautiful I've seen in KSA”

Al Tayebat International City
Ranked #18 of 57 things to do in Jeddah
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed March 23, 2014

We had heard about this museum but only drove by it by chance, but what a fantastic building. Unfortunately, you had to have a group of 10 or more for entry, so we didn't go inside, but will definitely plan to do so on our next trip to Jeddah. Even if you can't visit the displays themselves, the exterior itself is enough reason for a visit.

7  Thank Helen B
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Reviewed September 14, 2013

There are not too many attractions in or around Jeddah, however Al Tayebat International City is certainly worth a visit. I dropped in just before sunset and enjoyed the sights of the very interesting architecture that is typical of this part of the MIddle East. Will go back on my next trip and visit a little earlier to study the many displays.

4  Thank Rudi M
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

Our compound supplied two shuttle buses with 39 ladies to see this museum. We spent approximately 2 hours looking at several floors of artifacts. This was pre-arranged with Abdulrahman at 050.360.1376 ahead of time. From what I understand, Tuesday is the only day where groups of women can view everything. I was told that Tuesday 5pm-9pm, children and men can visit. Our shuttle buses parked out on the street in front of the museum and we entered through the Medieval-looking gate of the Old Jeddah Wall. We paid 50SR each for the entrance fee. After payment was made we all entered the first floor of the building. We took photos of the amazing Jeddah-style architecture on the way in. Once inside, there were several more men who tried to keep the women in one area of the floor at a time. There are long hall ways with rooms off of the hallways with a theme of artifacts in each one. There is an identifying plaque above each doorway, so you know what you are looking at and the significance. I enjoyed the first floor the most because it was about the mosques, traditional beliefs and rituals of Islam, etc. The hall ways are air-conditioned, but the air has a hard time making its way into the rooms holding the artifacts and so everyone was very warm, but could get relief by walking back into the major hallways. Take a handheld fan to help you feel some air on your face. I will post some pictures so you get an idea of what is held in the little rooms off the main hall way. Another subject I found interesting was on the next floor. One wing of the floor was dedicated to the regions of Saudi Arabia. It had a room that showed the architecture, clothing worn, and art work of Dammam, Riyadh, Jeddah, etc. The detail shown in the underwater room and Western Region of KSA, was excellent, colorful, which made it fun to snap photos. Another area I found interesting were the weapons of the times used. There are photos and actual swords, guns, and chained armor. It made me think of The Crusades. I don't think they were that old, but I can imagine what it must have looked like that many years ago. The top floor seemed like a catch-all floor with current 'everyday' things like mattresses, paint cans, school books, electrical outlets, etc. There is a stairwell for using between floors or elevators positioned at each end of the main hallways.

The tour guide described the mosques, traditions, and rituals on the first floor and we enjoyed his commentary. This was really the only time he shared information to us as a group, otherwise, he moved along with us from floor to floor and we could ask questions one on one. He was a very warm and pleasant man who is eager to answer any questions. He has a very thick accent, so listen actively.

2 hours is not enough time to move through this museum if you were to go into each and every small room, read the commentary, etc. This could take 2-3 visits to accomplish that task. It is very overwhelming with so many artifacts collected.

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