Old Pictures of Jeddah

I received these pictures in my email, and wanted to share them on the blog.

Aerial View of Jeddah and The Wall in 1938

Jeddah Cemetery 1918

Legend has it, that Eve, our mother Eve from Adam and Eve, was buried in Jeddah, and so the burial ground was called what it has been called.

Now there are no more marks on the graves, they have all been removed, the cemetery is still in operation.

Jeddah’s Sea Port 1918

It is now something else (see this post)

Hajjis in Jeddah’s Port in 1906

That has changed also, most Hajjis now come in planes, and busses if the country is not to far away.

Bab Makkah 1918

The door leading to the old Jeddah Makkah Road

Africans Camp

I had no idea this existed until I got these pictures

Bab Sharif

It makes sense that women covered up with white back then.

First Desalination Plant

I heard my grandfather worked there for a while.

Bab (Door of) Makkah 1906

Bab Al Madinah 1918

The door leading to Madinah, my grandmother told me it used to take them ten days to travel from Jeddah to Madinah, now it takes four hours.

The French Consulate and Military Station 1917

The old wall surrounding the city is also seen in this picture.

The British Consulate in Jeddah in 1917

I don’t think those blokes in the picture are British.

Customs Building 1947

Jeddah Non-Muslims Cemetery 1947

This no longer exists, unless I never heard about it.

Water Distribution Point

Alkandarah Palace Hotel

No longer the flashy place it once was.

I hope you enjoyed this little travel back in time.



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14 thoughts on “Old Pictures of Jeddah

  1. That was great! Why was there an African camp? So the nonMuslim cemetery is gone? Do most nonMuslims get flown back to their home countries now for burial thus there is no need for a cemetery for them?

    I enjoyed the photos and reading the interesting facts such as your grandmother sharing how long it took for them to travel then compared to now.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Susanne, I have no idea why there was an African camp, but the non-muslim cemetery is understandable, since passing away at that time meant they had to be buried there, no hospital fridges back then, and transporting back to ones home country meant the body would probably be decomposed by then.

      I do not think that even muslims from other countries are buried here anymore unless they request (I could be wrong on this), but usually the body goes to the deceased person’s family.

      Thanks 🙂

  2. Jeddah Non-Muslims Cemetery still exists south Souk Al Janobaih north of Al Khair bridge few meters before reaching Al Mena St.

  3. Great photos, thanks. There was a photographer back in the fifties who owned/worked for Alharamayn Studio in Jeddah. Does anyone know about the Alharamayn photo collection? I am sure it is an extensive one.

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  5. Hello !
    I’m really interested in these pictures, do you have an idea of who took them ? And do you have them in a higher quality ?

    Thank you very much.


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