Jeddah - Pearl of the Red Sea
Jeddah is the principal port city of Saudi Arabia on the Red Sea. It is located in the province of Hijaz. (English transcription: Jiddah or Jeddah and another spelling: Jidda, Jeddah, Jeddah, Djeddeh, Jeddah)
In the census in 2004 had 2,801,481 inhabitants Jeddah, in 2007 it was 3,002,839. Jeddah on the Red Sea and is the gateway to Mecca, the religious center of Islam, which is located about 72 km east of the interior. Every year is a huge flow of pilgrims there, mainly from Africa, Indonesia and Pakistan.
Unlike in Mecca in Jeddah always welcome visitors of all religions. In the local population, there are many Africans, Persians, Turks, Yemenis and Indians. Most work in the oil industry. There are also notable exports other than petroleum, it does not, many goods are imported to supply the pilgrimage.