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Several businessmen have reportedly been considering opening cafes and restaurants following the successful run of festivals and events held in the area.
Shops and eateries vastly benefited from the visitor influx, describing it as a pleasant surprise as they get ready to welcome thousands of pilgrims coming for Haj.
The festivals, which had been organized by the Jeddah Municipality, the
Both local and foreign tourists frequented the area, which needs to be made more family-friendly, according to experts.
"These eateries and cafes are not suitable for families, which is why businessmen need to invest in opening restaurants that accommodate this essential market segment," he said.
Umrah and Haj pilgrims also hunt for souvenirs and gifts to take back home to their loved ones despite the fact that most of these items are available locally.
Pilgrims spend an estimated SR800 million on gold and SR8 billion on gifts annually, according to local media.
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