A glance at living in Jeddah, KSA.
First of all, when you accept a position in Jeddah you are eligible for a tax-free salary, paid housing and transportation, paid education for your children, free tickets back home and up to 54 paid vacation days. The cost of living in Jeddah is also highly affordable. Gasoline here actually costs less than water, and the food, entertainment and the many shopping venues are all reasonably priced, as well.
Sightseeing is a must in Jeddah. There is art scattered throughout the city and can be seen in public areas as well as in the many museums. During the oil boom in the late 1970s and 1980s, there was a focused civic effort to bring art to Jeddah's public areas. As a result, Jeddah contains a large number of modern open-air sculptures and works of art, making the city one of the largest open-air art galleries in the world. Jeddah is also host to about a dozen museums and collections.
The city is also home to many famous and historical landmarks. Jeddah is the principal gateway to Mecca, Islam's holiest city, and is also a gateway to Medina, the second holiest place in Islam and Jeddah's King Fahd's Fountain is listed by the Guinness World Records organization as the highest water jet in the world at 312 meters (1,024 ft).
Moreover, there is a wide variety of leisurely things to do in Jeddah. If you like to shop then Prince Mohammad bin Abdul Aziz Road is the place for you with its many upscale department shops and boutiques.
For the sports enthusiasts, Jeddah hosts the oldest sport clubs in Saudi Arabia. Football (Soccer) is the most popular sport in Jeddah. Al-Ittihad and Al-Ahli are well-known football clubs. They are major competitors in both the Saudi Premier League and the AFC Champions League. Jeddah is also home of Saudi Arabia's leading rugby club.
For those just looking to relax, the city has many popular resorts that are renowned for their preserved Red Sea marine life and offshore coral reefs.
Finally, the food is a big staple in the city of Jeddah. The residents of Jeddah are largely made up of a multi-ethnic mixture, which has made a major impact on Jeddah's traditional cuisine. As in other Saudi cities, the Nejdi dish Kabsa is popular among the people of Jeddah, often made with chicken instead of lamb meat. The Yemeni dish Mandi is also popular as a lunch meal. Jeddah cuisine is popular as well and can be acquired in many traditional restaurants around the city.
Fast food is also popular in the city due to it's wide variety of local and foreign chains. American fast-food chains such as McDonald's, Burger King, Domino's Pizza and KFC are widely distributed in Jeddah, as are more upscale chains like Fuddruckers and Chili's. Don't hesitate to try a local favorite such as AL Baik! You will not be disappointed!
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