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Jeddah is a port city located along the Red Sea in the west of Saudi Arabia.



Getting There

By Plane

King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED) is the main gateway to Jeddah and has numerous flights with dozens of airlines. Saudi Arabian Airlines has most flights, including those to and from Abu Dhabi, Addis Ababa, Alexandria, Algiers, Amman, Asmara, Athens, Bahrain, Bangalore, Beijing, Beirut, Cairo, Casablanca, Chennai, Colombo, Damascus, Dammam, Delhi, Dhaka, Doha, Dubai, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, Hyderabad, Islamabad, Istanbul, Jakarta, Kano, Karachi, Kochi, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, Lahore, London, Medina, Madrid, Malaga, Manchester, Manila, Milan, Mumbai, Muscat, Nairobi, New York, Paris, Peshawar, Riyadh, Rome, Sana'a, Sharjah, Singapore, Tehran, Tunis, Washington, D.C. and several domestic destinations.
Note that the two terminals are located 20 kilometres away from each other, so if you have a domestic connecting flight after your international flight, you need to have some extra time for transfers.




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Keep Connected


Internet cafes abound in major Saudi cities, and many shopping malls feature a gaming parlor or two. Rates are around SR5/hour.

While Internet in Saudi Arabia is cordoned off by a filter, it aims primarily at pornography, non-Islamic religious and domestic political sites in Arabic, and (from the traveller's point of view) is nowhere near as strict as, say, China's. Google, Skype, Wikipedia, all major webmail providers etc. are all accessible.


See also International Telephone Calls

The three mobile operators in Saudi, incumbent Al Jawal, Emirati rival Mobily and Kuwaiti newcomer Zain (Vodafone Network) are fiercely competitive, with good coverage (in populated areas) and good pricing. A starter pack with prepaid SIM and talktime starts from about SR 75, and you can sign up in most any larger mobile shop (bring your passport). Local calls are under SR 0.5/minute, while calls overseas are around or less than SR 2/min.

And yes, you can bring in your own phone: despite grumblings from the clerics, both camera phones and multimedia messaging (MMS) are now legal.


Saudi Post has a good network of post offices around the country, but offices are closed Thursday and Friday. Stamps for postcards to anywhere in the world cost SR4. The bigger problem is actually finding postcards, as the mutawwa periodically crack down on the celebration of non-Islamic holidays like Valentine's Day, Christmas or even birthdays, causing all cards of any sort to disappear from bookstores! Your best bet is thus gift shops in major hotels. Mail coming in to the country from overseas is notoriously unreliable. Stories abound of things arriving months after they were sent or never arriving at all. There are branches of DHL, FedEx and UPS operating throughout the kingdom, so a good rule of thumb is to have anything important sent through those channels.


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