An-Najah University Journal for Research - B (Humanities)


The study intended to explore the 1916-1917 trade movement at the Jeddah seaport during World War 1, The study essentially aimed to assess the impact of the war on the economic life in the district of Hejaz, especially Jeddah seaport. To this end, the study approached this topic on two levels, analytical and theoretical. To give a clearer picture of the situation, the study used numerical values to better assess the volume of trade in Al Hejaz. These figures are made into tables for the sake of clarification. The study found that the 1916-1917 periods had witnessed a slow decline in the trade activity in Hejaz compared with the pre-war era. This piece of information came primarily from Al-Kiblah Newspaper that once monitored the trade movement (imports and exports) in figures. Head of the Hejaz –based Chamber of Commerce used to provide the newspaper with quantitative data about the volume of trade activities in the city.