It’s not hard to understand why Jeddah is known for being the crossroads of Saudi Arabia. A modern commercial hub, this Red Sea port city is a gateway for pilgrimages traveling to the holy cities Mecca and Medina. Yet here one also discovers a liberal and cosmopolitan air that is not found elsewhere in the Kingdom. The city is a place of bustle, thanks to its busy souqs and buzzing commercial activity, and one of repose with welcoming beaches and a laidback coastline. Jeddah’s well-heeled Rawdah district is a popular nightlife destination, featuring an award-winning mix of international restaurants and cafes. It is also just a short drive from the 200-meter-tall King Fahd’s Fountain.