In Rogue One, a prominent setting is the city (or moon, in keeping with Star Wars naming conventions) of Jedha, a place sacred to the Jedi and to people of various faiths who worship the Force.

I ask you to believe that Jedha is a nexus for faith, life, and the Force of Others in all their forms. If the Force can be embodied in a vision or a living creature, why not a place? Or why not an idea? Why can pilgrimage not be Jedha, and Jedha not be the Force?

Rogue One

At first I thought that Jedha must have been derived in a very obvious manner from Jedi. Until I saw this, the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah:

Jeddah is the principal gateway to Mecca, Islam’s holiest city, which able-bodied Muslims are required to visit at least once in their lifetime. It is also a gateway to Medina, the second holiest place in Islam.

The name is pretty similar, and it has the same nature as a holy site. Has there ever been any confirmaton that Jeddah inspired Jedha?

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    SW has a penchant for naming planets after north african cities: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tataouine
    – mrK
    Apr 3 '17 at 15:15
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    I think the name Jeddha was supposed to look like the origin of the word Jedi. Apr 3 '17 at 15:58

I haven't found any mention that it is named directly after Jeddah.

However Gareth Edwards has stated that he set Jedha on a desert planet as he was trying to evoke a Jerusalem or Mecca feel about the location.

"If A New Hope is kind of like the story of Jesus, there must be a whole religion beyond that," he said. "We felt like, for 1,000 generations, the Jedi were kind of these leaders of the spiritual belief system. It's got to be like a Mecca or a Jerusalem, but in the Star Wars world.

Gareth Edwards - Director of Rogue One

So no direct confirmation of Jeddah directly being inspiration, but it is pretty close in as much as Mecca itself, along with Jerusalem, served as inspiration and a basis for Jedha in Rogue One.

Taken from part of my answer given to this question

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