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Jeddah is the second largest city in Saudi Arabia and it was home to the first Saudi Arabian F1 GP in December 2021. That was my first visit to the rather mysterious kingdom and I was surprised and delighted with the warm welcome at the airport. Around the city I found the people to be warm, hospitable and interested in the whole spectacle of F1.

The city is relatively low-rise with a population just shy of 3 million. The infrastructure at the track can be dismantled as the race will be moved to the Saudi capital, Riyadh at some point in the future.

A word about the traffic though. It’s heavy and often chaotic and you’ll probably notice the lack of traffic lights. Instead of stopping, you’ll be doing plenty of u-turns.

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KYM'S TIP

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Head to the Red Sea Mall for some serious shopping, it’s not far from the track and fast food-wise, try Al Baik. There are often long lines for this local fried chicken and while I didn’t love the chicken, I rated the fried prawns/shrimps big time.

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Accommodation here is very expensive. I’ve stayed at the rather tired Intercontinental Hotel which is on the foreshore but a 40-minute drive from the track. I much prefer the Hyatt House which is in a non-descript area but has larger apartment style rooms AND a free laundry with washing machines, dryers and even a professional iron.

The hotel I would like to stay at is the Shangri La which should be operational for the 2023 race. It sits just 100metres from one end of the track and looks impressive.

Restaurant-wise I can highly recommend Myazu; stunning décor, great atmosphere, cool music and delicious Japanese food. It’s a 20 minute drive from the track and I rate it as one of the best restaurants I ate in 2021.

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BEHIND THE SCENES F1 VIDEOS

ABOUT THE Saudi Arabian

GRAND PRIX CIRCUIT

The Jeddah street circuit runs along the foreshore in the heart of the city. Like the other 2 Middle East F1 events, racing takes place under lights when the temperature has dropped and there are plenty of grandstand and hospitality options available.

Since 2021

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Number of Laps:

50

Circuit Length:

6.174KM

Race Distance:

308.45KM

Lap Record:

1:30.734

Lewis Hamilton (2021)

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