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11 Places From Jeddah’s Past That Will Take You On A Walk Down The Memory Lane

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They say change is the way forward but old memories sometimes make us refuse to believe that. Many places in Jeddah that are a backdrop to our childhood memories have closed down or shifted from where they used to be (and where we are used to seeing them).


If you lived in Jeddah in the 80’s and 90’s, then you’ll enjoy this walk down memory lane.

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Photo Credit: dailyurbanista.com

Nandos

Oh, the food was so good. Don’t know why it closed down, but sure need it to reopen soon.

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Photo Credit: watanistores.com

Watani Superstores

It defined what a hypermarket is for us.

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Photo Credit: worldtravelserver.com

Oasis Mall

Even today’s malls can’t match the elegance that this mall evokes.

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Photo Credit: jeddah.gov.sa

The Airplane Roundabout

Wasn’t it cool (especially for the little ones) to see a full-sized airplane right in the middle of the street?

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Photo Credit: sauditour.info

Jeddah Zoo

Though small in size, they did have a decent number of animals inside.

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Photo Credit: ar.wikipedia.org

Musk Lake

Though it is not the most popular on this list, those who have visited will remember the lovely scenery, best enjoyed with the car windows up of course (the stench sometimes was too much to handle.) After remembering that smell, maybe this change was good after all.

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Photo Credit: egynews.net

The Old Ikea

We’re happy to have a brand new one, but the old Ikea’s interiors just somehow felt better.

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Photo Credit: fun-center.com

Bullwinkle’s

It defined family entertainment centers for us back then. This was way before Chuck E. Cheese’s and the likes came to town.

dfgfdgThe Walkalator In Elysee Printemps

It was one of a kind. The mall wasn’t much of a success back then as well.

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Photo Credit: desertdazed.wordpress.com

Safeway

It was not like we were addicted to it, it was just that some of the imported products they had were simply outstanding.

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Photo Credit: panoramio.com

The huge waves near Jeddah’s corniche.

Boulders were placed to break the waves before they reach the shoreline. So today no matter how strong the current is, only low tide-like waves reach us.

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