5 Hidden Gems In Jeddah You Never Knew Existed


Jeddah will always have something up to surprise visitors with new things to see on every visit. Amidst all this, a lot of places that are worthy tourist sites on their own right fall off the radar of tourist guides.

So take a detour from the usual tourist spots and uncover these hidden gems that the tourist guides will never tell you about.

1. A Place To Explore The Wonders Of The Galaxy

If you thought stargazing was only for the desert, think again. Jeddah has a hidden gem that’s truly out of this world—a planetarium called the Fakieh Planetarium! You can embark on a cosmic journey, learning about the mysteries of the universe, distant galaxies, and the constellations above, right here in the heart of the city. It’s the perfect spot for budding astronomers or anyone looking to get lost in the beauty of the galaxies above.


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2. A Haven Of Islamic Art

Tucked away on the fourth floor of Jeddah Park by CENOMI, the House of Islamic Arts beckons history and art buffs with one of the best collections of Islamic art in the country. The best part is that guided tours are available here that offer a deep dive into the artefacts that the place houses.

3. An Ancient Hilltop Fort

Well, believe it or not, Jeddah is home to an ancient hilltop fort. Originally, it was located quite far from the city, but as the city spread, the place is now virtually a part of the city. Climb to the top and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

4. A Forest In The Desert

It may sound like an oasis in a mirage, but Jeddah boasts a lush, green forest right in the midst of the desert. Located about 30 kilometers to the east of the city, East Jeddah Forest provides visitors with a chance to unwind in nature’s embrace. Who thought this could be possible in Jeddah?


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5. A Museum Made Entirely Of Charming Miniatures

Prepare to be amazed as you step into the home of Darwish Salamah! Inside, you’ll find a bunch of jaw-dropping miniatures. All of which are made by Salamah, who’s a former fighter pilot. It all started when Salamah took to making miniatures when he couldn’t fly anymore due to a back injury. Eventually, he built so many of them that his home has turned into a miniature wonderland, covering both the inside and outside with mini versions of famous places from across Saudi and beyond.


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