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Bride of the Red Sea
Hosted by Ali A. Karim (Jeddah)
as pronounced by its people, means prosperity and happiness. It is also pronounced as
Jadda meaning grandmother referring to mother Eve. This is in accordance to
the legend that she landed here and is buried in the graveyard just outside the historical
area of the old city. Another pronunciation is Joddah and this means a narrow
passage between two mountains or a long road.
Jeddah is a city of mystery, rich with tradition, history, culture and a unique heritage.
It is mentioned by the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) and his Caliphs and its importance goes
back even before the Islamic period.
Jeddah has been mentioned by many travelers in their journals, some describing it as
"the city surrounded by walls with beautiful markets and teeming with buildings"
whilst others described it as "the small city on the Red Sea coast crowded with
pilgrims". Apparently there were inns, caravan sarays, and hostels catering to
travelers and pilgrims. Present city has expanded and transformed into a metropolis but
still holds true to its original charm and uniqueness thereby making it superb for its
residents and a must for those who wish to visit her.
As one can see, Jeddah has a history of catering to the comfort and entertainment of its
people, travelers, and pilgrims alike. Even today Jeddahs cosmopolitan approach is
found in almost every aspect of life. Take one small example of its wide variety of
restaurants and cafés. One can find almost all kinds of delicacies & traditional
dishes, ranging from local mutabbaq & shawarmas to the finest
The following list contains a selection of restaurants in town and is a personal effort
for reference & information. This list will be updated on a quarterly basis.
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