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Saudi Arabia's commercial capital, and meeting place for pilgrims and traders for hundreds of years, Jeddah is the most relaxed city in the Kingdom – as well as its most enchanting. The Al Balad district is a nostalgic reminder to the city's former days, with its historic coral buildings casting welcome shade over the busy markets.
Jeddah has put in effort to improve its image over the years. The north part especially underwent massive redevelopment to be more attractive to visitors upscale department stores and malls. The city is famous for its international cuisine and seafood, and remains a haven for scuba divers.