Outward looking, cosmopolitan and home to the most important pilgrim sites for nearly two billion people, the Hejaz is one of the most visited regions anywhere in the world. But even if you're not Muslim, you'll be wowed by Jeddah's World Heritage architecture, blown away by awesome Red Sea dive sites and unable to resist the amazingly diverse cuisine brought about by cultural cross-pollination.
Meaning ‘barrier’, the Hejaz region's name is taken from the huge escarpment that separates it from the great plateaus of the interior. Home of the hajj, the Hejaz has witnessed hundreds of years of cultural and ethnic mixing as caravans, boats, and briefly even trains, brought pilgrims from all over the world here. Inevitably some stayed, a fact etched on the faces the region's residents, who are among the most ethnically diverse in the Kingdom.