The Red Sea port of Jeddah, located mid-way along the Western coast of the Kingdom, is a bustling, thriving city and seaport. Its location on the ancient trade routes and its status as the seaport and airport for hajjis visiting the Holy City of Makkah have ensured that Jeddah is the most cosmopolitan of all Saudi Arabia's cities. By the end of the 1970s, the population of Jeddah was estimated to be close to one million. By 1993 the population had passed the two million mark.
The extraordinary growth of Jeddah, demanded by the Kingdom's development programs, has been achieved in a remarkably short period. At the same time, aesthetic considerations have not been ignored. Jeddah now boasts some of the most beautiful examples of modern architecture in the world. Tree-lined avenues and the generous distribution of bronze sculptures attest to the success of the city's beautification program.