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Balad is old looking place but it’s nice to walk in there. There’s a lot of things to see and lot... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Sara C
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Favorite Filipino Shopping place for Gold!

Cheap prices and the gold market is here. You have everything here from groceries (Kabayan and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Erik C
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Reminiscent of the Arabian nights fairytales, this vibrant marketplace with multi-storied mud brick and stone buildings sells everything from textiles and sparkling silver and gold ornaments to spices and honey.
| Industrial Estate, Phase 3, Road 35, Street 33, Jeddah 21481, Saudi Arabia
+966 53 605 2216
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Balad is old looking place but it’s nice to walk in there. There’s a lot of things to see and lot of things to buy it’s cheaper. The only thing I don’t like is that kids and sick people keep following you to ask money,...More

Thank Sara C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cheap prices and the gold market is here. You have everything here from groceries (Kabayan and Star) to the gold market and Al Baik.

Thank Erik C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wow, this place is divided into two. The old and the new balad. If you want to see more of what jeddah was before, you should visit the old balad. There, you can see the old buildings with historical background and you will be amaze...More

Thank Shamen L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have visited this old part of jidda a couple of times recently, depending on what you are looking for this place has character and choice in abundance. No you are not going to get aircon and sweet fragrant air. What you get is a...More

Thank jeffoclarko
Reviewed 11 August 2018

Currently there is a lot of rejuvenation work ongoing. Most of the stores are clustered into sections. The museum gouses are worth seeing. Check out the cemetery where Eve is supposed to be buried. Also visit the art studios.

Thank Brannon W
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

Balad is one of those places that you either find crazy, exciting, weird and varied or dirty, smelly, oppressive and confusing. Because, in all honesty is is all of those things. Yes..it's rough and dirty with a varied mix of nationalities, and it's most definately...More

Thank Maria C
Reviewed 7 August 2018

This was the original city, more work needs to be done to maintain the old buildings. Almost anything is sold here.

Thank Curtis J
Reviewed 4 August 2018

Jeddah Balad is historical place identified by world heritage site. Still you can see same old building whic were built on 15-18th centuries. Balad is famous for shopping. This is the place you can negotiate. So people who working in makkah region, going for vacation...More

Thank Mohamed Ricshan A
Reviewed 31 July 2018 via mobile

يعتبر معلم قديييم في جدة حيث يحتوي على اسواق شعبية قدييمه ذات طراز قديم. وايضا فيه اسواق عالمية. ويمتاز معظم البضائع بالجودة العالية وبسعر جيد جيداً. وبالنسبه للتمور والحلويات فيه مكان اسمه خيام الربيع، للامانه اشوفه افضل مكان للحلويات والتمور. ويقولون اذا ما رحت البلد...More

Thank Fragrancea4
Reviewed 10 July 2018

I have been told by locals that Balad is among the oldest and most historic districts of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It is here where the oldest known structures are located. The area is also known to be a haven for shopping buddies as it offers...More

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Eress Allen D
8 June 2018|
Response from aggarwalaparna | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I travelled to balad by taxi on both occassions. Sorry to say that I m clueless about the bus service connecting the areas. Hope someone else can help u.
10 April 2018|
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Response from drkarimzanaty | Reviewed this property |
In Balad it seems its copy not original products. I suggest for this issue MAC - Makyagy - big known brands to gurantee quality
Raffy L
8 February 2018|
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Response from Mohammad Israil S | Reviewed this property |
You can go near by restaurants, there are many it depend on your taste, and for DSLR camera, you can visit nearby Abdulwahed Store or Extra store .