Business in Jeddah
Long an important center of business and trade along the Rea Sea, Jeddah has grown in stature even more since the founding of Saudi Arabia in 1932. Business here tends to flourish thanks to the lucrative port facilities in the city, and also due to the regional and international offices of major market players in the city.
A commercial cityAs Saudi Arabia's second-largest city, and its primary port, Jeddah has some of the most important business centers in the country. Jeddah regularly receives imports that stock shelves throughout Saudi Arabia, especially the holy cities Mecca and Medina. The port also lies close to the Suez Canal, making it a popular stop-off for ships on longer journeys.
Business here has also thrived on an international level, thanks to its position on maritime trade routes, but also due to its place in the Middle East. Central to most Arab countries, Jeddah has emerged as the second-largest business center in the Middle East next to Dubai. The industrial sector and retail shops here also contribute to its success.
The city is full of first-class events facilities and venues. Jeddah International Exhibition and Convention Center is one of the largest venues, attracting thousands of delegates each year. This multi-purpose venue caters for all event types from conferences and trade fairs to product launches and exhibitions.