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With the new year just around the corner, residents of Jeddah have the unique opportunity to seize the long weekend and travel. If you’ve been looking forward to a well-deserved break, now is the perfect time to plan a retreat to some iconic locations around Jeddah.

Here, Wego has compiled a list of destinations that are all just a 2-5 hour flight away, and with no visa complications. With these convenient choices, you can rest assured of a memorable trip to celebrate the onset of 2024!

*Prices are accurate at the time of writing, for a one-way trip from December 2023 to January 2024.

Alexandria, Egypt

Alexandria is a charming city seeped in history and culture. The city’s heart, marked by bustling neighborhoods and vibrant souks, invites exploration. The Qaitbay Citadel is a historical sight to behold, along with the famed Corniche, offering scenic, breathtaking views of the junction of the sea and the city.

Museums, art galleries and libraries adorn the streets of Alexandria, a testament to its cultural significance. The catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa, Montaza Palace and the legendary Alexandria Library are all spots that shouldn’t be missed.

Entering the city is a breezy affair, with Saudi nationals enjoying the privilege of a visa on arrival, which allows them a stay of 30 days, and the option to apply for an extension. The availability of a direct 2-hour flight from Jeddah to Alexandria ensures an incredibly comfortable travel experience.

Flight Details: Direct 2-hour flight served by Air Arabia Egypt, Air Cairo, and Saudia. Prices start at SAR 291 for Air Arabia Egypt, SAR 394 for Air Cairo and SAR 492 for Saudia. 

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Manama, Bahrain

Cityscape in Manama, Bahrain

Manama, the capital of Bahrain, is a vibrant, urban metropolis that still retains a touch of rich cultural heritage. The iconic Manama Souq stands as a testament to Bahrain’s historical roots, with its narrow alleys filled with the scent of spices and the radiant colors of traditional textiles. The skyline is dominated by skyscrapers, with the Bahrain World Trade Center at the forefront.

For those seeking a taste of luxury, the upscale shopping districts and world-class dining establishments add a touch of cosmopolitan flair to Manama. A visit to the historic Al-Fatih Mosque or the Bahrain National Museum showcases the city’s unique synthesis of tradition and progress.

Bahrain, being a part of the Gulf Cooperation Council, offers visa-free entry for tourists from Saudi. Coupled with a direct 2-hour flight, this makes Manama an ideal vacation choice from Jeddah.

Flight Details: Direct 2-hour flight by flynas and Saudia. Prices start at SAR 394 for flynas and SAR 1,094 for Saudia. 

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Muscat, Oman

Muscat is a city that offers varied experiences, with its unique location between rugged mountains and the azure waters of the Gulf of Oman. Popular beaches like Qurum Beach let you enjoy the serenity of the ocean, or indulge in water activities. The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, an architectural masterpiece, stands as an iconic symbol of Muscat, and so does Muscat’s Royal Opera House. 

For those with a love for historic relics, a visit to the Al Jalali and Al Mirani forts is a must. While in the city, indulging in traditional Omani dishes like shuwa or majboos should definitely be a bucket-list item to check off. 

Muscat is a direct 3-hour flight away from Jeddah, and with no requirements for a visa to enter, this is an easy, hassle-free choice for your last-minute trip.

Flight Details: Direct 3-hour flight, served by Oman Air and Saudia. Prices start at SAR 1,462 for Oman Air and SAR 2,563 for Saudia.

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Abu Dhabi, UAE

Abu Dhabi is renowned for its striking architecture, cultural landmarks, and luxurious lifestyle, and a visit to the UAE’s capital makes it abundantly clear why. The city houses several iconic heritage landmarks, like the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the Heritage Village. 

Abu Dhabi’s Corniche offers stunning views of the glitzy city, and the Saadiyat Island, with its numerous museums, galleries and restaurants, is an experience all on its own. The city’s luxurious hotels and fine dining establishments cater to every palate, from traditional Arabic cuisine to international gourmet experiences.

A trip to this glamorous city is incredibly accessible to tourists from Jeddah, with direct 3-hour flights and no requirements for a visa.

Flight Details: Direct 3-hour flight served by Etihad Airways and Saudia. Prices start at SAR 653 for Etihad and SAR 731 for Saudia.

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Kuwait City, Kuwait

Traveling to Kuwait City presents the opportunity to explore the northern parts of the Gulf region. The Kuwait Towers, with their distinctive blue-green spheres, are iconic symbols of the city. Landmarks like the Kuwait National Museum and the Grand Mosque offer something for history enthusiasts and religious travelers.

Kuwait City is also known for its culinary diversity, with the city’s restaurants offering a fusion of Arabic and global cuisines. Some traditional dishes to taste are machboos (spiced rice with meat), falafel, and kebabs. 

A trip to Kuwait City is totally hassle-free, as being a fellow GCC country, it offers visa-free entry to Saudi nationals. Direct flights are available from Jeddah with a quick duration of just two hours.

Flight Details: Direct 2-hour flight, served by Jazeera Airways, Kuwait Airways, and Saudia. Prices start at SAR 469 for Jazeera Airways, SAR 613 for Kuwait Airways and SAR 666 for Saudia.

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