Jeddah - Makkah - Saudi Arabia
Al-Balad is the historical area of Jeddah, the second largest city of Saudi Arabia. Balad can literally be translated as "The Town. Founded in the 7th century. Balad is the historic center of the City of Jeddah. The Historical Old Jeddah or otherwise called the downtown Jeddah is located in the heart of present Jeddah. It is situated on the eastern shore of the Red Sea. According to sources, its existence dates back to the era before Islam. The Old Jeddah wall has two main doors, one facing the Holy Makkah, and the other facing the sea, and it includes 6 towers. Each tower is about 6 cubits in diameter. The wall also has six additional doors. Bab Makkah, Bab Al Madina, Bab Al Sharif, Bab Jadeed, Bab Al Bint and Bab Al Mughrabi. At the beginning of 20th century, a new gate was added to it and named as Bab Al Saba. Much of the wall was replaced due to modern urbanization in the recent history. The area is around approximately 1.5 square kilometers within the Old Jeddah wall. It still contains touches of traditional life and socio-economic nature. The Souks are currently concentrated around the mosques and markets where there are some traditional craft-shops. Among the most famous markets belonging to the region’s historical past that forms the vital economic lifeline in the area are: Souk Al Aluwi, Souk Al Baddu, Souk Gabil, Souk Al Nada. This location is completely historical, traditional and heritage site. Perfect place for filming in different angles. Nearest Airport: King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah which is 32.1 km from Historic Jeddah ( Bab Jadid, Al Balad dist. ).