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Yanbu' al Bahr which means "spring by the sea" is a major Red Sea port in the Al Madinah province of western Saudi Arabia.

Nestled on a coastal plain between the Red Sea and the Radhwa Mountains, Yanbu enjoys a location befitting a resort. The Red Sea - world-famous for its crystal waters and spectacular coral reefs - is an open invitation to sailing, snorkeling, and other aquatic sports. A few kilometers inland, the peaks and valleys of the rugged Radhwa range offer scenery that runs the gamut from flourishing oases to unspoiled wilderness.

History, both ancient and modern, has also had a hand in Yanbu's development. The nearby settlement of Yanbu AL-Bahr traces its origins back to pre-Roman times. For centuries, the historic community served as a popular way station for merchants plying the caravan routes of the Arabian peninsula, while its port was a major gateway for pilgrims visiting Makkah and Madinah.

The downtown area of Yanbu Al-Balad (which is also called Al-Balad) contains most of the population. Most of the restaurants here cater to the various ethnic groups in the area, although some also cater to residents in the Royal Commission. The area contains a few international chain restaurants, as well as some coffee shops. The Holiday Inn Hotel is located at the edge of this area, as is Yanbu Airport.

Currently, the government is attempting to improve the old, historical area in downtown Yanbu, as many historical buildings are located there. While most of Yanbu Al-Balad, has a rather old, worn-out feel to it, parts of the city, particularly at the edges of the city, are starting to modernize, as new shopping centers, as well as a new shopping mall, have been built.

Yanbu Al-Sina'iya's residential section is near the Royal Commission Headquarters. It has amenities such as many international chain restaurants, two shopping malls, supermarkets of various sizes, hospitals, banks, and coffee shops. The Moevenpick Hotel, Yanbu's newest hotel, is located here, as is The Cove, a gated private residential housing compound built around a large private lagoon.

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