Jiddah is a major port on the Red Sea.
Jiddah is about three centuries old and was surrounded by walls until 1947. Port facilities here were greatly expanded beginning in the 1970s.
The city is a commercial center. Jiddah also derives income from port activities as it is the leading Saudi port for importing livestock, especially sheep and camels.
The residential area is the site of many diplomatic missions and ministries.
Population (1994 estimate) 1,600,000. Real estate : redseahousing.com
Industries in the city include iron and steel plants, oil refineries, and the manufacture of bricks, furniture, and tiles. Bank : alahli.com
Roads connect Jiddah with the larger cities in the Saudi Arabia. An international airport is nearby. Thousands of pilgrims pass through the city each year on their way to Mecca.
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