Jeddah is located by the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia; which is one of the top destinations for Scuba Divers worldwide. As you may know, Jeddah is a 'commercial hub' and gateway for pilgrimages to Islamic holy cities like Mecca and Medina. Jeddah has consistent wind all year round. kitesurfing next to mangrove trees and super flat waters, it really is a dream come true! You don’t even need a wetsuit because the temperature is so perfect. Jeddah has become quite popular for kitesurfing amongst locals and expats in the area and it’s a perfect spot to learn and progress your riding. People are super nice and friendly with amazing hospitality. I've always felt safe here, it is super chilled.
Wind is consistent almost all year round. The no wind season begins in December, and by January it's back on again and stays throughout the year. Offering winds from 17-25knots and sunshine every day, Jeddah becomes an epic spot for kitesurfing! It usually rains once a year and during no wind season and there are new lagoons formed, so that's always a super exciting time to search for new kite spots!
Renting a car can cost as little as SR 70 (15€) a day and petrol here are so cheap you could fill up a full-size SUV for about SR 40 (9€). Taxis are also very affordable and Uber is very popular!
Jeddah offers some of the best quality food in the world, ranging from traditional Arabian food to a common choice of incredible restaurants. If you get the chance to, make sure you try the shawarma sandwiches and the fresh juices!
As you may know, Saudi is quite a strict country and is currently going through a transition to become more modernised and open-minded. In Jeddah, with the right contacts, you can get into events and parties. As Saudi Arabia is a developing country, tourism is the top priority for the Saudi government. They are currently undergoing a lot of new projects. Their first aim is to start up with big beach resorts all along the Red Sea. It’s still early days, but KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) is progressing fast and investing billions of their sovereign wealth into the country to modernise and embrace many changes.
There are plenty of activities in Jeddah; you should check out the newly opened is the ‘Bounce Jeddah’ indoor trampoline park - that is so much fun! Wakeboarding with ‘Blue Wake’ is also top of the 'to-do' list in Jeddah.
4G is excellent throughout the city, and even at the kite spot, we have a connection.
There are many affordable hotels and a choice of mega luxury hotels throughout the city. In my opinion, Airbnb is the most popular here and probably the best way to get to know the locals.
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The windy months to go kitesurfing in Jeddah are February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
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