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Question of the Day – How Big is Jeddah?

 Jeddah Growth Map Jeddah: A Saudi city located in the middle of the Eastern coast of the Red Sea known as the ‘Bride of the Red Sea.’Jeddah is considered the economic and tourism capital of the country. Its population is estimated around 3.4 million and it is the second largest city after Riyadh.


180px-Jeddah-1938The foundation of the city of Jeddah is dated back to around 3000 years when groups of fishermen used to settle in after their fishing trips. After that, the tribe of Quda’ahcame to Jeddah 2500 years ago, settled and was known by it.


The historical transformation of Jeddah was in the era of the third Muslim Caliph ‘Uthman Bin Affaan (may Allaah be pleased with him) in 647 AD when he ordered the city to be transformed into a port to welcome pilgrims coming by sea for Pilgrimage in Makkah. To this day, Jeddah is the main passage for both sea and air pilgrims as well as those traveling by road.

Big City Photo - Jeddah

Jeddah has grown during the last two decades, which made the city a center for money and business in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and a major and important port for exporting non-oil related goods as well as importing domestic needs.

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