Fly to Jeddah and enjoy its historical old town and modern, breezy waterfront. While Jeddah is best known as the commercial capital of Saudi Arabia, its diverse shopping opportunities and remarkably relaxed local culture make it a pleasure to visit on either work or leisure.
Visit Naseef House in the old town, one of the coral stone oldest buildings in the area and a great example of its ancient architecture and culture, as well as being home to the General Directory for Culture and Tourism. Cool off by walking along the city’s unique Corniche, with its ample restaurants and hotel bars. Jeddah also draws the scuba diving crowds; the legendary marine explorer Jacques Cousteau once described its Red Sea reefs as ‘second only to those of the Great Barrier Reef.’
British Airways flights to Jeddah King Abdul Aziz International (JED) from London Heathrow (LHR) take just 6 hours and 20 without stops. Daylight saving time is not observed in Saudi Arabia, so Jeddah is 2 hours ahead of London from March to October, and 3 hours ahead at other times.
Overnight flights from London to Jeddah depart daily, offering comfort and space in three cabins for a good night’s rest in the air: a 31” seat pitch in World Traveller, a generous 38” in World Traveller Plus and lie-flat seats with a 73” pitch in Club World.
British Airways non-stop Jeddah flights depart daily from Terminal 5, British Airways’ exclusive home at London’s Heathrow airport, offering seamless connections between BA flights and a spacious, energy-efficient space in which to relax, eat or work before your departure. Direct flights to Jeddah take 6 hours and 20 minutes.
Direct flights to Jeddah bring you to the North Terminal at King Abdul Aziz International Airport, located only 11 miles north of Jeddah city centre. Taxis wait outside to whisk you anywhere in town. To get around, make use of these abundant and inexpensive cabs or splash out and charter your own car with driver.
Jeddah’s King Abdul Aziz International airport (JED) offers travellers a choice of cafés, restaurants and duty free shopping, though facilities are generally basic and the airport can get uncomfortably busy. Business passengers have access to a basic lounge. Building work is under way to expand Jeddah airport, due to be completed in 2015.