from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A city of west-central Saudi Arabia on the Red Sea. Ruled by the Turks until 1916, Jidda has long been used as a port by Muslim pilgrims making the journey to Mecca. Population: 2,800,000.
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- proper n. Alternative form of Jeddah.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. port city in western Saudi Arabia on the Red Sea; near Mecca
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In the air in Riyadh and Jidda is the conviction that oil money has corrupted the ruling family beyond redemption, even as the general population has grown and gotten poorer; that the country's leaders have failed to protect fellow Muslims in Palestine and elsewhere; and that the House of Saud has let Islam be humiliated — that, in short, the country needs a radical "purification."
Although non-Muslims cannot see Mecca and Medina (and those with Israeli stamps on their passports cannot enter the country at all), most can visit the old souks of cities like Jidda, which is well-preserved.
It was also the ancient Bedouin lifestyle and the stories he heard from his grandmother, Jidda, who passed away in 2005 at the age of 96.
MTV has already produced something similar, a special called True Life: Resist the Power, Saudi Arabia, which followed the exploits of young people in Jidda, a city considered relatively liberal for the region.
The night of September 11, 2001, had come and gone in Saudi Arabia, and the dawn prayers had been said in Jidda.
On her way to Jidda last Fall after Bob Woodward's latest book came out, she told reporters it was "incomprehensible" that she could have ignored dire terrorist threats two months before 9/11.
Perkins & Will's foreign projects include building a 34,000-student university in Jidda, Saudi Arabia (the plans have proceeded despite the gulf war).
And KAUST's location in Thuwal, a port less than 80km from Jidda, will be Aramco's first major outpost in the western half of the country.
"[Saudi Arabia] realizes that millions of people are going to see this film and this will be their first introduction to Islam," says Lee, who won the invitation after five days of talks with the government in Jidda.
The religious police -- strictly speaking, the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice -- have largely retreated from the streets of Jidda and are somewhat less aggressive even in the kingdom's desert heartland.
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