Travel Guide to Jeddah

Indian Embassy in Jeddah

Consulate General of India
Address: 34 Tahlia St، Al Andalus, Jeddah 23326, Saudi Arabia
Contact Number: 00966-12-2614093

Visa Requirements for Indians in Jeddah

  • The Applicant should have a passport valid for at least 6 months at the time of application
  • One visa form (photocopy allowed in Delhi)
  • Two colour photographs against a white background
  • Processing time is 4 to 5 working days
  • Return air ticket
  • Proof of stay
  • The visa issued is valid for six months from the date of issue

About Jeddah

Jeddah is a port city stretched along the Red Sea Coast in Saudi Arabia. The city is very popular for its heritage, cosmopolitan culture, resort, beaches and the decorative sculptures lining across the seafront. Here’s a list of some of the best tourist attractions in Jeddah.

  • A sea-side avenue called Corniche is full of sculpture excellence and decoration of nearly 30 km in length. It is obviously a Jeddah city points of interest, the first glimpse of which, never fails to impress its visitors. The wonder site makes the heritage relevance of tourist places in Jeddah appear seamless, crafted and elegant
  • Among the places to visit in Jeddah, there is Al-Balad historic district belonging to the 7th century. Tourists here can enjoy the sight of originally retained traditional homes made from coral. On the south side, there is another old city of Al-Balad, which is multi-storied homes built from coral
  • Jeddah is a prime commercial centre in Saudi Arabia and is full of entertainment options for shopping, eating out, along with other things to do in Jeddah. There are plush malls, cafes and restaurants sprawling along the waterfront area. The Jeddah Corniche has a bunch of hotels, resorts and beach clusters to keep its visitors hooked to the place
  • Towards the North of Jeddah is a sprawling area of beach resorts, which are famous party spots too. It is a hangout place for the rich and the liberal families of the city
  • Famous places in Jeddah include Kings Mountain- the tallest fountain, at the height of 853-foot, in the world. There is Red Sea Mall, a perfect retreat for shoppers and the food lovers
  • Jeddah has a Floating mosque built on water. Its pillars are installed in the ground, and while the sea water flows from beneath, it creates a beautiful illusion of a floating mosque
  • Another Jeddah landmark point is the World's Tallest Unsupported Flagpole. Tourists need to walk the round-about to see the flying flag and enjoy the splendid view
  • Makkah Gate is an imposing structure and is the only remains of the huge wall that once bordered Jeddah

How to Reach Jeddah from India

King Abdulaziz International Airport is a major international airport in Jeddah, which is located around 19km to the north of Jeddah. The quickest way to reach Jeddah from India is to take a flight from any of the major cities in India. The duration of the quickest flight is 5h 20m.

How to Reach

You can travel to Jeddah using a private vehicle. The city does not have an extensive public transport system. Make efficient use of the shuttle services offered at most of the city hotels to the airport and the prime shopping and business districts of Jeddah. Taxis can be hired on the street or through a call for advance booking.

Best time to Visit (seasons, events)

The peak tourist season in Jeddah is from the end of October up to March. During this time, the temperatures are not at an extreme, and it is usually a pleasant climate with temperatures between 10 and 20 degrees. Plan a visit during the Historic Jeddah Festival time, a one-of-its-kind in the city to commemorate the rich heritage, culture, literature and the history of Arabs and the Islam religion. The annual Festival is held in June and July around the mid-term break of schools. Janadriyah National Festival is a big folk and cultural festival held for two weeks in February every year. It is conducted in Janadriyah, at a distance of around 30 miles from Riyadh. There are horse and camel races, special craft display, and is one of the most cherished spots for non-religious event space in Saudi Arabia.

What to Pack?

  • Women must cover up their clothes and hair while covering the face is optional. Ideally, one can wear a headscarf
  • Alcohol is illegal in Jeddah, so don’t carry it in your luggage
  • Men must cover their shoulders, and their clothes should be a length below the knees. One can choose between western and Saudi Arabian style
  • Carry cotton clothes as it can be hot and humid

Top Delicacies

  • Oriental coffee and desserts are available at a traditional cafés
  • Yughmish is a local delicacy made from soaked bread in meat juices
  • Mutabaq is a stuffed pancake sort with a filling of mincemeat, parsley, eggs, tomatoes, onions, and seasoning with jalapeño pepper
  • French Fries (locally called Batatis) is a deep-fried local delicacy seasoned with sprinkled spices, hot sauces or ketchup
  • Luqaimat is doughnut-shaped dumplings which are sweet and crunchy. It is a must-have if you need a sugary fix on your trip
  • Lahoh is a soft and mild-flavoured flatbread eaten with honey or yoghurt-made side dish
  • Sobia is a local, sweet and flavourful drink and it is the huge variety of flavours which makes the drink look colourful and tempting together

Indian Restaurants in Jeddah

  • Ginger Leaf at North Corniche Road, Jeddah 236132861, Saudi Arabia. Contact the restaurant at +966 9200 03800.
  • Chennai Darbar Restaurant at Al Sahafa Street | Al Azizeyyah District, Jeddah 21382, Saudi Arabia. Contact the restaurant at +966 12 287 0475
  • Zaikaki at Al Rawdhah Street, Jeddah 23433, Saudi Arabia. Contact the restaurant at +61 3 8696 8888

Shopping List Essentials

  • Visit the Red Sea Mall for buying local items and casual dresses
  • Visit the Aziz Mall and Le Chateau for high-end shopping brands
  • Boulevard is an area comprising of crème de la crème of stores and for indulgence in luxury with Prada, Armani, Gucci like brands hosted here
  • Anna Special is a mall with unique local boutiques and brand stores
  • Gabel Street Souq is a buzzing marketplace and has specialist’s items like perfumes, electronics, spices, honey, dates and rest of the household items as well
  • Balad is a vivid marketplace comprising of stone and mud brick buildings, selling textiles, silver and gold ornaments to something as basic as spices and honey

Healthcare Centers

Having travel insurance is always advisable for every traveler since it covers and take care of all the emergencies that may arise during your trip. Moreover the insurer is always ready beforehand to provide you the details of nearest healthcare center to seek help.

  • King Abdulaziz Medical City – Jeddah
  • Salaam Medical

Basics of Local Communication

Jeddah, like any other Saudi Arabian nation, may appear slightly complex. Because it is religious and culturally extensive, people may need their own time to understand the people, their practices and the place. Arabic is the local language spoken, and English is spoken widely too. You may also find people conversing in Urdu and Asian languages like Farsi an Turkish. Saudis from the royal clan show exuberance. However, people across economic divides share common attitudes, beliefs and common protocols and practices of life. Majority of the Saudis appear proud of their heritage and grace and must be approached by the tourists accordingly. Never sound rude or appear offensive to the local host. They reciprocate the sentiment, by offering a friendly, relaxed and a warm gesture to the tourists. You will not find people losing their temper, in an argument or shouting on the streets. The locals don’t use an aggressive body language either. Saudis, in fact, like flattering their guests and one must take this sentiment positively and reciprocate generously. Learning these basic Arabic phrases will gain appreciation and smiles from the locals.

English Arabic
Hello marhaban
Yes ajal. /naxam
No kalla. /laa
I’m sorry ana āsif for male and ana āsifa for female
I need a doctor ahtāj doktōr

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Loss of passport and documents:

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Home Fire Insurance Contents & Home Burglary Insurance (contents):

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Medical Expensesinclusive of Repartration  and Emergency Medical Evacuation

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Payment of legal costs and expenses incurred by the Insured towards claims from third Parties for compensation in respect of death or disablement arising due to an injury whilst on a trip abroad.

Personal Accident

Payment of compensation if the Insured sustains accidental bodily injury during a trip resulting in death or Permanent Total Disablement or Permanent Partial Disablement within 12 months of occurrence of such injury.

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