The old city or Al-Balad, on the southern side of modern Jeddah, was built with multi-story houses made from coral. The main thoroughfare Medina Road starts from the northern side of Al-Balad and runs all the way to the city of Jeddah.
Al-Balad, which literally translates to “The City”, is the historical area of Saudi-Arabia’s second largest city Jeddah. Founded in the 7th century, Balad historically served as the city center of Jeddah until the big oil boom when most families started moving out the area. Al Balad, Historical District, was just recently added into the UNESCO World Heritage sites list, is my absolute favourite part of Jeddah.
The city wall has been torn down, but the old gates still mark where it once stood.
Within the former walls you'll find a warren of ancient buildings and traditional souks (markets).
Spend time wandering around the old city and get lost in the seemingly endless souks. You will find yourself in another world and entirely 'in' the world, surrounded by people form all over the Arabian world, Asia and Africa.
Here you will see many forms of dresses that are colorful as well as traditional black.