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“A Market with Everthing you want.”
Review of Balad

Balad
Ranked #2 of 56 things to do in Jeddah
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Reminiscent of the Arabian nights fairytales, this vibrant marketplace with multi-storied mud brick and stone buildings sells everything from textiles and sparkling silver and gold ornaments to spices and honey.
Reviewed 23 June 2014

From Food, Cloth, Perfumes, etc etc etc .... Anything you like .... is available here ... From Cheap to Costly .... From Retail to Wholesale every kind of price for you ....

Do Purchasing @ Balad.

Thank Sheikhsd
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

Please plan your visit to this area around prayer times. For a drive around the old city areas, Friday morning is ideal as there is no traffic. Any other time can be chaotic. There is a large souq in Balad but is not very exciting, there is typical clothing and jewellery shops with not a lot of variety or culturally interesting shopping. Saudi shopping is open and closed at times which frustrates visitor shoppers and is hard to figure when is the best time to find all shops open.

Thank philipa809
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Balad is lovley place during winter and Ramadan, it is a historical site with old buildings made from sea corals.
During the holy month of Ramadan you can find a lot of kiosk selling the traditional food and sweet, also you can buy traditional clothes and Islamic arts.
Balad is crowded with various nationalities which adding flavor to it.
to cut it short you must visit this place in Jeddah otherwise you'll missed a lot.

Thank aftaiyeh
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Reviewed 24 May 2014

Saudi is not much focused on tourists. It's willingness to preserve its heritage seems low. Balad may stand out in the attempt to make Jeddah as non-descriptive as possible. This is a genuine nice place to be. Nice souk with lots of franchises offering various goods, ranging from (traditional) clothes, Korans, to jewelry. I have not found any decent restaurant as their seems no food culture like in Italy or France. The streets are crowded with various nationals and the street vendors are adding flavor to it. If Jeddah would have had a warm heart, it would be pulsing in Balad. For Saudi standards I would have given it 5 stars but compared to other locations in the world it is around average. That is a pity as the Saudi's on average are nice friendly people. I agree in general with the observations of my fellow travelers.
It is interesting to follow prayer time in the evening at the big square near the Corniche Commercial Center. Irrespective of your beliefs one has to admire their devotion to take some time off for worship.

2  Thank cuBarney
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Reviewed 18 May 2014

Al-Balad is a magnificent piece of history - never before I had the opportunity to see small town built from the sea corals. This place is a must see in Jeddah, especially because it's one of the rare preserved historical sites in this area where you can experience spirit of the old ages. Several streets are still used as a souq (merchant) area, where you can buy different goods: from spices, to cloth, to souvenirs for dirty cheap prices. Here, surrounded bu locals and ex-pats, people mostly dressed in traditional Arabic outfit, buildings that are dating back to the 7th century, and shops with vivid colors and exotic aromas, one could easily place him/herself back into the Islamic Golden Age and enjoy this unique time travel. One thing I especially like about Al-Balad - merchants are not pushy, so you can peacefully pace yourself and focus on marvelous details around you (whoever traveled to Egypt or Morocco knows what I'm talking about).

Despite its beauty and importance, authorities don't seem to be too concerned about the well being of Al-Balad - it is dirty, mostly left to the decay, with buildings slowly falling apart all over the area. Fortunately, restoration works are ongoing, but only several buildings seem to be under construction at the moment. I truly hope authorities will recognize importance of this historical site before it's too late and intensify works on its conservation.

2  Thank Vladimir S
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