Jeddah is the largest seaport on the Red Sea. It is the gateway to the holiest cities of Islam, Mecca and Medina, which are located in the Hejaz Province in western Saudi Arabia. Because of its location on the Red Sea, Jeddah is also a very popular tourist and resort destination for Saudis. It is also billed as the most open city in the Kingdom, likely because of the millions of religious pilgrims who enter the country by way of Jeddah and is also referred to as the Jewel of the Red Sea.
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