What country is Jeddah in?
Jeddah, the most important Saudi Arabian port city on the Red Sea and “gateway to Mecca”, consists of the approximately 3 century old “New Jeddah” and the approximately 646 founded “Old Jeddah”.
More than 3 million people live in the big city, which is nestled between the Red Sea and the Asir Mountains. The majority of the population is engaged in the oil industry.
Jeddah is home to the most important export port for petroleum products and livestock, such as sheep, goats and camels. Every year, numerous pilgrims visit the port city, especially Africans, Pakistanis and Indonesians. In contrast to Mecca, visitors of other religions are also welcomed in Jeddah or Jiddah (English).
Several hotel complexes and palaces line the approximately 60 km long Corniche boulevard, which runs along the coast.
There are various explanations for the name of the port city. On the one hand, Jeddah means “sea coast”, a reference to the location of the city on the Red Sea. On the other hand, the city name is pronounced by some “Jadda”, which in turn means grandmother and refers to Eve, who according to Islamic tradition is said to be buried in Jeddah. In 1975, however, the alleged grave was concreted.
The reason for this was the numerous pilgrims who prayed at the grave, this act is considered a serious violation of Wahhabi or Salafi Islam, to which more than 70% of the population belongs.
In practice, various spellings can be found, for example, Jeddah, Jedda, Jidda, Jeddah, Jidda and Djeddeh.
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