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Article - September 19, 2011
Jeddah has come a long way since the days of fishing and caravans.
Today, the skyline reflects the city’s dynamic and extraordinary growth, as well as the attention and care that the government and business community are providing to ensure that Jeddah develops into one of the world’s most beautiful and visitor-friendly metropolises.

Long a welcoming place for pilgrims, Jeddah is home to a host of hotels and resorts that cater to all budgets. Parks and recreational centres dot the 50-mile-long Corniche, while the impressive King Fahad Fountain just off the beach is a sight to be seen, jetting saltwater over 1,000 feet into the air.

Perhaps less imposing yet no less eye-catching than the skyscrapers are Jeddah’s roundabouts. The oil boom of the 1970s and 80s was accompanied by a focused civic effort to liven up the city’s public areas with open-air art. Thanks to this, today the city’s roundabouts are decorated with a variety of sculptures, ranging from giant objects of traditional Saudi culture all the way to curious modern creations.

Jeddah, the most cosmopolitan of all Saudi cities, is a city of life and a crossroad of culture. It is also a growing industrial and commercial city that is experiencing a great revival. New investment, both domestic and foreign, is pouring into myriad sectors, and the fields of education, healthcare, infrastructure, hospitality and housing are benefiting tremendously.