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Jeddah Historical District Opens First Three Restored Heritage Hotels in Historic Jeddah
Jeddah Historical District Opens First Three Restored Heritage Hotels in Historic Jeddah

Jeddah’s Historic District has opened its first three highly anticipated and meticulously restored heritage hotels.

The three hotels: Beit Jokhdar, Beit Al-Rayes, and Beit Kedwan, have been beautifully restored according to guidelines set out by UNESCO, which awarded Jeddah Historic District, also known as Al Balad World Heritage Site status in 2014.

The hotels showcase the best architecture and craftsmanship of historic Jeddah and also feature restaurants that offer the finest local Saudi cuisine. Prices start from 5000 SAR per night. The newly restored historic Jeddah Hotels are a great addition to the growing list of luxury Jeddah Hotels.

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Al Balad’s Historical Heritage

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Located in the heart of Jeddah, the Al Balad district is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that houses a treasure trove of cultural and historical heritage. 

Known for its intricate traditional architecture, winding alleys, bustling souks, and welcoming locals, Al Balad offers visitors a unique and authentic glimpse into the city’s deep-rooted traditions and rich cultural legacy.

The Arrival of Luxury

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The three heritage hotels – Beit Jokhdar, Beit Al-Rayess, and Beit Kedwan – are the historic district’s first open. 

Each of these hotels has been meticulously restored to offer a modern twist on traditional design while still preserving and maintaining the buildings’ historic craftsmanship, aesthetic significance, and architectural splendor.

Beit Jokhdar: A Blend of Tradition and Luxury

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Beit Jokhdar is known for its expansive Roshan window, one of the largest in the region, which adds a unique charm to the hotel. With just nine rooms and suites, Beit Jokhdar offers a boutique experience, blending original, traditional charm with luxurious appointments. 

The rooms are adorned with distinctive elements like plaster decorations, arches, and stained glass, offering guests a luxurious, heritage-filled stay.

Beit Al-Rayess: A Glimpse into History

5 Jeddah Historical District Opens First Three Restored Heritage Hotels in Historic Jeddah

Beit Al-Rayess stands out for its interior design, featuring rooms that overlook a charming courtyard enveloped by columns decorated with stone arches.

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This hotel provides a modern luxury experience through its meticulously curated interior design selections, offering guests views overlooking the reimagined and restored courtyard below.

Beit Kedwan: Architectural Splendor

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Beit Kedwan is strategically located near Naseef Square in the Al-Alawi Market and offers a prime location with unique historical significance. 

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This heritage building is distinguished by its wooden rawasheen windows and mashrabiyyas, offering guests an immersive experience of the architectural splendor of the district.

Al Balad’s Heritage Preservation

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The meticulous restoration efforts have been carried out in adherence to the highest global standards and UNESCO guidelines, preserving the remarkable architectural elements of these heritage buildings. 

This project is part of a larger initiative aimed at revitalizing and restoring more than 600 historic buildings in the Al Balad district, with 34 of these slated to be transformed into boutique hotel destinations.

Authentic Hospitality Experiences

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Managed by Al Balad Hospitality, these hotels promise authentic hospitality experiences steeped in Jeddah’s rich heritage. They invite travelers to immerse themselves in the history and tradition of the local region. 

The hotels aim to provide unparalleled hospitality experiences that celebrate the cultural legacy of Jeddah, offering guests an opportunity to explore and immerse themselves in the unique history and heritage of the region.

Investment in Cultural Tourism

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The opening of these heritage hotels is a significant milestone in preserving and promoting cultural heritage. It represents a significant investment in cultural tourism, contributing to the ongoing revitalization efforts in the district. 

These developments are expected to position the Jeddah Historic District as a premier destination for visitors worldwide.

Promote Cultural Heritage

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The opening of these heritage hotels in the Jeddah Historic District marks a significant milestone in efforts to preserve and promote cultural heritage. 

By offering a blend of history, art, and modern hospitality, these heritage hotels in Jeddah, along with the vibrant Jeddah hotels as well as the finest dining experiences found in Jeddah restaurants, promise a distinctive experience that celebrates the rich cultural legacy of this enchanting destination.

Prices start from SR5,000 per night, providing a luxury hospitality experience that is steeped in cultural significance.

As the district continues to evolve and attract global attention, it stands as a testament to the enduring beauty and relevance of Saudi Arabia’s rich cultural heritage.

Jeddah: A Popular Tourist Destination

Jeddah Corniche

The New Jeddah Corniche, situated alongside the Red Sea in Jeddah, spans a distance of 30 kilometers, is one of the best places to visit in Jeddah featuring a coastal road, recreational spaces, diverse sculptures, and the renowned King Fahad’s Fountain, recognized as the world’s tallest fountain.

The Jeddah Corniche also features the iconic Jeddah Corniche Circuit, which is set to host the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2024 starting from March 7th to March 9th, 2024, The Jeddah Corniche Circuit is the world’s longest and fastest Formula 1 street circuit.

Jeddah Yacht Club

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Jeddah Yacht and Marina Club is a haven for boating and sailing enthusiasts. You can find the perfect spot at Jeddah Yacht Club and Marina whether you are an experienced yacht owner, a beginner by the sea, or a tourist. Jeddah Yacht Club is open to the public and is home to multiple fine dining Jeddah Yacht Club restaurants. You can also find over 450 great Jeddah Restaurants on Welcome Saudi.

With a capacity of more than 100 yachts and superyachts, the new Jeddah Yacht Club, the first of its kind along the Red Sea Coast and officially opened in March 2022, provides customs and immigration services for all boats arriving in the area.

More Developments in Jeddah

Jeddah Central Destination

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The new Jeddah Central destination, aimed towards elevating Jeddah into a global tourist hotspot, has moved closer to realization. The Jeddah Central Development Company has recently awarded $3.2 billion in contracts for the inaugural development phase. 

Spanning an expansive 5.7 million square kilometers, this iconic destination is poised to showcase a world-class stadium, an oceanarium, beach resorts, 2,700 hotel rooms, shopping malls, restaurants, and 17,000 housing units.

MARAFY Waterfront Project

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ROSHN, a real estate developer under the ownership of the Public Investment Fund (PIF), has recently initiated the MARAFY Waterfront project in Jeddah by laying the foundation stone.

The highly awaited MARAFY development is set to include an 11km artificial canal, establishing a direct connection to the Red Sea.

The waterside districts of MARAFY are expected to be seamlessly linked to one another and the broader Jeddah community through water taxis, ferries, and a dedicated metro station.

Additionally, there are plans for a direct canal link from MARAFY to Jeddah’s King Abdul Aziz International Airport.

Jeddah Tower

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Jeddah Tower, the world’s tallest building in Saudi Arabia, has resumed construction to surpass 1,000 meters, which is greater than the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

The skyscraper, set to eclipse the Burj Khalifa in the United Arab Emirates, is designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture.

The tower is designed to feature a sleek, glass-clad exterior with a sloped façade, drawing inspiration from the folded fronts of desert palm trees.

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