Jeddah’s concentration of commerce and business makes it slightly more liberal than other cities in Saudi Arabia, but customs regarding dress remain very conservative. You’ll find that the expectations for attire here are vastly different than in most other parts of the world.
- Women (even foreigners) may want to wear an abaya, the customary black robe, along with a headscarf. If you choose to forgo the abaya, make sure dresses are ankle-length, long-sleeved and have a high neckline.
- Men should pack dark-colored suits, ties, long-sleeved shirts and leather dress shoes.
- Gold chains or jewelry with crosses should be left at home or hidden underneath your clothes.