Events & Happenings, Jeddah Season

An Immersive Theater Experience at Bait Al Dahaleezi


There’s been a murder in the house of Al Dahaleezi family and things are not what they seem and everyone in Al-Balad is a suspect. 

Welcome to BAIT AL DAHALEEZI, an immersive theater where the audience is part of the performance, stuck in a strange world where mysterious things keep happening. 

The Jeddah Season Festival visitors have been offered an unworldly tour to the first of its kind immersive theater experience in Al-Balad where they are summoned to the Bait Al Jamjoom to solve a mysterious murder.


Bait Al Jamjoom in Al-Balad is a 200-year-old house and UNESCO heritage site that’s a perfect spot to create the fictional Hijazi family with a mysterious past.

The story of Bait Al Dahaleezi has been developed by Al-Balad’s cultural historian and writer, Dr. Lamia Al Baeshin who debuted as a scriptwriter for this project. The hardest part she says was to craft the script in a way that it suited the venue. Eventually, she had a map of the house and started writing the script with the house in mind, but when the actors showed up for rehearsals, it got difficult to coordinate. They had to synchronize the entire play and fix the loose ends. The production design was put together by the renowned interior designer and board member of the Saudi Art Council Nawaf Alnassar. The costumes for the crew were designed by Arwa A. Abdulatif and the direction is brilliantly executed by the award-winning Saudi-born American Todd Albert Nims.

The dramatic artistic work of the Hijazi tradition was managed by Shahad Alhazmi, the theatrical track manager of Sidra Event Management. The cast consists of local talents who have previously performed in cafes and have never acted before in any play. They were given training for over two months with a professional acting coach from Italy, Dr. Qassim. The results have been spectacular and you have to see it for yourself.

By promoting local tales and folklore, Bait Al Dahaleezi is providing not only a local platform for local talents to be acknowledged, but it’s also joining the chorus of this new wave of interactive theatre

After being held in New York and London, immersive theater experience is on the rise in the Kingdom and Bait Al Dahleezi is giving the audience this one of a kind experience. According to Todd, every strong creative ecosystem needs theater and it’s the most human form of expression.  “Theater forms life long bonds, provides writers and directors a way to physically interact with their creations and constantly tinker with them,” says Todd

Regarding working with the creative team, Todd says that he’s so thankful to work with all the local creatives on this project. Specifically, Nawaf Al Nassar and Dr. Lamia Baishin.  They both were with Todd from the beginning and we bounced between the writing and interior design to develop this immersive experience in an organic, beautiful way. The Bait Al Dahaleezi team are grateful to the Ministry of Culture, Sidra Event Management, and Jeddah Season for making the idea behind Bait Al Dahaleezi come into existence and for their support on this project. 

Enter an atmosphere filled with a colorful cast of characters that will frighten and delight. Test your courage and wits. Will you unravel the mystery of the abandoned house? 

For the House Rules at Bait Al Dahaleezi, click:  House Rules



Things To Do

Top Fifty Things to Do During Summer


By Khadija Maryam

Staying in Saudi this summer? Here’s a list of fifty things you can do!


  1. Go horse-back riding!
Photo Credits: alfrosia

Photo Credits: alfrosia

It’s almost too easy to neglect our need for fresh air and exercise during long summer days. Horse riding combines both to give you an activity that is both fun and challenging.


Dirab Golf and Country Club



Royalty Equestrian Club


  1. Visit Diriyah, Riyadh
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Diriyah is the site of the first Saudi state, and stretches more than two centuries back. Visitors can have firsthand experience of the history of the area by wondering through the old alleyways past the mudbrick structures.

Location: Ad-Diryah

  1. Go quad biking


The sand dunes in Saudi Arabia are best experienced through quad biking. Quad bikes can usually be found near the dunes, and are available to be rented out for hours at a time.



  1. Spend the day at the beach


There’s no questioning it- beach days are the best cure for long summer days. If you have the chance to do so, add a full day at the beach into your schedule! It’s a win for anyone of any age, no matter how hot it is outside.


Silvers Sands Beach



Half Moon Bay

Location: Half Moon Beach, Al Khobar, Dhahran

  1. Go on a picnic

While it is hot outside, anyone who has a tendency to wake up early and the desire (and courage!) to venture outdoors can pack breakfast and picnic outside before the summer heat truly hits. This also gives you the opportunity to watch the sunrise, something you wouldn’t normally have the chance to see on a regular day. 

  1. Go scuba diving in the Red Sea


View marine life in the Red Sea from a different perspective by going scuba diving. Scuba diving allows you to respectfully interact with sea creatures, and gives you the ability to understand how fragile their ecosystem is.

  1. Take a trip to the Edge of the World


The Edge of the World, as many call it, is a desert trek along the Tuwaiq escarpment that offers multiple opportunities for hikers. The views from the ‘edge’ are quite beautiful, and worth the hike there!

Location: Shoib AlKhumrah Rd, Riyadh

  1. Have fun at a theme park


Theme parks offer a timeless form of entertainment for kids and grownups alike. Some theme parks may offer ice skating, a bonus when taking into consideration the summer heat.


AlHokair Land

Location: Eastern Ring Rd, AlHamra 


AlShallal Theme Park




Cobra Amusement Park

Location: Al Basatin

  1. Visit the new Jeddah waterfront
Sourced Photos

Sourced Photos

Take an evening stroll along the corniche to give yourself a dose of fresh air and a nice change of scenery. There are also many options if you choose to stay for dinner, including many restaurants and cafes.


  1. Go to the movies


Visit the cinemas to catch up on exciting new movie releases. You can choose from a variety of options, from fast-paced action movies to nostalgic animated ones like Toy Story 4.


  1. Book an Escape Room


Participate in a real-life, interactive puzzle with a group of friends and exercise your ability to problem-solve and escape a room in thirty minutes!

Riyadh and Khobar

Escape the Room

Website: escapetheroomsa


Novus Escape Room

Website: novusescaperoom

  1. Go Bowling


Bowling gives you the opportunity to have fun indoors with friends and family, far away from the relentless desert heat.


Universal Bowling Center (UBC)

Location: Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Bin Abdulaziz Rd, Ar Rafiah


Jeddah Lanes Bowling Center

Location: Al-Madinah Al-Munawarah Rd, Al-Hamra’a


Action Zone

Location: Abdullah Fuad, 3rd Floor Al Othaim Mall

  1. Treat yourself to a day at the spa


A big part of summer is giving yourself the chance to de-stress. A good way to do this is to gift yourself with a day at a spa, tailored to your own preferences.


Hot Stone Spa





For more recommendations of our favorite spas in the Kingdom, check out  Spa Retreats in Saudi Arabia 

  1. Spend some time at Bounce


Not interested in going to the gym? The Bounce trampoline park offers a different way to reach your daily exercise goals while keeping yourself entertained.


  1. Have fun with virtual reality


Experience a different world by playing virtual reality games at Zero Latency. Gather your friends and family members and take part in different games that seem real but are really the result of immersive technology. Zero Latency is open in Riyadh.

Instagram: zerolatencyme


  1. Visit a library


For anyone wishing to spend a quiet afternoon studying for summer classes or doing some research, libraries offer both a peaceful atmosphere and a multitude of resources.


King Fahad National Library


Location: King Fahd Rd


King Fahad Public Library

Location: Prince Majid Rd 




Location: 8386 Ring Rd, Gharb Al Dhahran 

Learn something new: 

  1. Exercise your creativity!


You can start up your own art projects, or register for arts and crafts workshops if you feel like you’d like more guidance and the opportunity to socialize with people of similar interests. Curio Workshops offer online workshops in a variety of art forms, such as digital art and acrylic painting.


Instagram: curioworkshops

Also, check out the amazing workshops by the Little Souq.

  1. Set reading goals

Make a summer book list and try to achieve it with a friend. New releases can usually be found at Jarir Bookstore or Virgin Megastore.

  1. Learn new culinary skills


Tired of trying to learn how to cook new foods from YouTube videos? Try taking part in a culinary workshop to develop your skills and learn new ones.




Instagram: blend_culinary


Yalla Cook


Instagram: yallacook


Nice Academy

Instagram: nice_academy

  1. Learn a new language

Learning a new language is both fun and useful. It is challenging, yes, but isn’t that just what you need to rid yourself of the monotony that summer can sometimes bring about?

Jeddah, Riyadh, and Khobar

The Alliance Francaise


  1. Take a Grow in Pots workshop


Why not learn to grow your own food? Practice your gardening skills with the Grow in Pots workshop, every Monday and Wednesday from 9.30 till 11.30 at Ennessi Farms, Riyadh.


Location: Ad-Diriyah

  1. Take dance classes


Train in a variety of dance classes that include ballet, pointe, and tap dancing at It’s a chance to improve your flexibility and enjoy yourself in a way that only comes from physical exertion and music.




Location: Ibn Zahr Street, Al Safarat, Diplomatic Square

  1. Go swimming

One of the best ways to cool off is to jump into a pool. If you don’t have one at home, don’t worry; many locations provides you with the opportunity to go swimming. You can either swim by yourself or take swimming lessons.




Location: Ibn Zahr Street, Al Safarat, Diplomatic Square


Gold’s Gym


  1. Volunteer!


Make a contribution to the community by volunteering for organizations that help people or animals, or aid scientific research for diseases like cancer. Even if you only have a small amount of time to invest, you have the ability to make a large impact on society.


Riyadh Shelters


Riyadh and Jeddah

Zahra Breast Cancer Association

Click on the link to sign up

Take a trip:

  1. Visit Farasan Island


Take a break from the bustle of the city and visit Farasan Island, the biggest of all of the Farasan islands. In addition to pristine beaches and clear waters, this three million year old island is also home to an Ottoman castle, Al-Najdi Palace, and Al-Qassar Village.

  1. Plan a road trip
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Photo Credits: Worldhighways

While flying has many perks, driving from place to place is a unique experience that truly allows you to get acquainted with an area. Whether it is a two-hour drive to the outskirts of Riyadh or a six hour one to Khobar, the journey there will be a great memory in itself.

  1. Go on spiritual trips to Makkah and Madinah.


Take a break and visit the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah. Both places have the ability to provide you with a relaxing escape from your daily routine and give you a much needed mental escape.

  1. Ride the cable cars in Taif
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Photo Credits: Lifeinsaudiarabia

Have a bird’s eye view of the Shafa mountains in Taif by riding the cable cars.  This is not for anyone with a fear of heights!

Location: Alhada Ring Rd, Alhada

Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 1.30 PM – 8.30 PM

  1. Visit Haql in the Tabuk region


This seaside town offers some of the best beaches and views of the ocean. Haql also has attractions such as coral reefs and the Georgios G. shipwreck, which lies near one of its beaches.

  1. Join a tour group exploring Saudi Arabia


If you’ve ever wanted to explore Saudi Arabia with the guidance of an expert, this one is for you. You can go with a group and get to know new people, or opt to take a solo trip with a guide and experience different places by yourself. One group that offers tours like this is the Masarat Adventure Club.

Instagram: masaratclub


  1. Visit Al Wahbah Crater (or Maqlah Tahmiah)


About 200 kilometers from Taif, this volcanic crater is said to have been caused by a meteorite. There is a trail for visitors who want to hike into the crater, but the views from above of the crater and surrounding landscape are quite beautiful too.

Location: AlWahbah, Taif

Go Shopping:

  1. Visit the malls.

Take advantage of the sales season and buy whatever it is you wished you owned throughout the past year! Most cities here have a great selection of malls; it comes down to where you prefer shopping and what stores you look for.

  1. Go produce shopping at an organic market


Organic produce tastes so much better- and is healthier!- than regular produce, and markets are always fun to shop at. Skip your typical grocery store and visit an organic market for your next vegetable haul.


Ennessi Farms (on the first Saturday of every month)


Location: Ad-Diriyah



Instagram: organicaksa

  1. Visit a concept store


Concept stores always offer an interesting variety of items and give you an opportunity to support local businesses and artists. There are many concept stores to be found in Saudi Arabia, each completely different from each other.

You can find out more about the concept stores in your area here: Concept Stores in Saudi

  1. Visit the old souqs


In addition to being a great shopping experience, visiting the old souqs in feels like going on a trip to the past. In addition to collecting interesting purchases, you will also be gaining an interesting experience.





For more information:

Visit Displays, Events, and Exhibitions:

  1. Attend Jeddah Season


Running till the 20th of July, the Jeddah Season festival brings with it a whole slew of activities and events that caters to just about anyone.


Check out the Special Edition of Destination KSA magazine… Your guide to all things Jeddah Season. Get your copy now!

  1. Visit the National Museum, Riyadh


This museum, established in 1991, is part of the King Abdulaziz Historical Center. A visit there is a great way to pass time (indoors!) while also acquainting yourself with new, surprising information about Saudi history and culture.


Location: King Faisal Rd, Al Murabba

  1. Visit Nofa Wildlife Park, Riyadh


Ever wondered if you could go on a safari without traveling thousands of miles away? Well, now you can! Nofa Wildlife Park gives you close encounters with animals such as giraffes and cheetahs.


Location: Exit 857, New Mecca Highway

  1. Visit the Fakieh Aquarium, Jeddah


Take a close look at the different marine life forms that exist, both local and international, in this aquarium. The aquarium also has dolphin shows on offer.


  1. Stay fit!

While summer often has us lapse into unhealthy habits, it can also be used to train yourself into maintaining an active lifestyle, something you’ll thank yourself for later. Register at your local gym! Popular gym options include Fitness Time and Gold’s Gym.

  1. Visit the Saqr Al-Jazira Aviation Museum, Riyadh


This museum offers a journey through Saudi Arabia’s history with aviation and showcases the technological advancements that have occurred in the aviation sector. It is perfect for anyone with an interest in aircraft, as well as those who enjoy history.


Location: Eastern Ring Rd, King Abdullah St

  1. Visit the Athr Art Gallery, Jeddah


For any art lovers out there, the Athr Art Gallery is a great place to visit. Hosting art pieces by both local and international artists, many of its exhibitions draw inspiration from culture, making each exhibition an educational viewing experience.


Location: Serafi Mega Mall Street, Al Faisaliyyah, 5th Floor, Office Tower   

  1. Visit the Scitech Technology Centre, Khobar


Whether or not you have any interest in science and technology, the Scitech Technology Centre is a wonderful place to visit. Its exhibits teach visitors about different scientific theories in interesting and interactive ways.


  1. Attend La Teatro Circus show, Jeddah


Ever wanted to attend a circus show? Now’s your chance!

Website: le-teatro-circus

  1. Take a walk on the Sky Bridge, Riyadh


See Riyadh from a whole new perspective by walking across a steel structure that overlooks the whole city. Sky Bridge is located at the Kingdom Centre in Riyadh.


  1. Ride a sight-seeing bus
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These double-decker buses take you on all places of interest within the city that they’re located in. It’s a fun experience, even if you’re doing it in the same city you live in.

Website (Riyadh):

Website (Medina):

  1. Visit the World Sites Park, Riyadh


You don’t need to travel to see all those famous landmarks that you’ve always dreamt of seeing in the past! The World Sites Park have on display the minatures of almost every landmark you can think of, from Mount Everest to the Eiffel Tower. It’s wonderful to examine the different structures and see the care that has been put in ensuring every detail is accurate.

Location: 4298 Nasir Ar Rajihi Al Mughrizat


  1. Host your own BBQ bash

The ultimate summer activity, barbequing gives you the chance to meet up with friends and have some fun. You can either make everything from scratch or buy readymade BBQ supplies- whichever option most appeals to you.

Here’s where you can get your BBQ Gear:

Forsan Groceria – Fresh Meats (Riyadh)

A great place providing an entire butchery range

Instagram: forsan_groceria

Backyard Middle East (Khobar)

Perfect hang out for all your barbecue needs; from fresh cut meat to barbecue gear and grills.

Instagram: backyardme | themarketme

  1. Explore your ice cream options


What better way to battle the heat than to indulge in a scoop of ice cream or three? Thankfully, Saudi Arabia has a diverse variety of ice cream options on offer, from Haagen-Dazs to ice cream trucks. Try a new one every day of the summer- no one’s judging!

  1. Have afternoon tea at the Ritz Carlton


A particularly fun activity to do with friends, afternoon tea is a unique experience. Indulge in it at the Ritz Carlton in either Jeddah or Riyadh.

Website (Riyadh): chorisia-lounge

Website (Jeddah): karamel-lounge



Events & Happenings, Jeddah Season

Traditional Mizmar Dance Show at Historic Jeddah Season


The Historic Jeddah Season along with showcasing Jeddah’s rich history, art, and cultural heritage also has a variety of entertainment shows.

The local, as well as international artists and musicians, have enthralled visitors since the start of the Season, engaging them with an impressive display of talent and expertise. One such show hosted by local artists is the traditional dance show called “Mizmar”. Named after a popular wind instrument used in the cities of Hijaz, the Mizma Dance Show is a must watch for all. Played during joyous and fun occasions, no celebration is complete without this; hence it is very rare to find a Hijazi who cannot play this traditional flute. This show is a great entertainment activity for visitors of all ages and mainly families who can enjoy the captivating shows daily throughout the season.

You can catch the show near the Hijazi Food Area of Historic Jeddah Season, from 9.30 pm to 11 pm up until the end of the season.

More details on the Season can be found at


Events & Happenings

Destination #TGIT: What’s Going On, Riyadh?


By Khadija Mohamed 

We’re providing you this week’s list of places to visit, things to do, and more to give you some weekend inspiration.

Event of the Week:


A night of karaoke to unleash the artist in you and be a part of an event filled with family, food, laughter, and fun!

More infokaraoke-night
Location: Yamamah Park (See map)

Must See Movie at the Cinema:



If you haven’t seen Aladdin yet, get on it! Disney’s live-action remake of this childhood favorite ties together everything we love about the classic animated movie with a great new soundtrack, beautiful costumes, and compelling leads. You can find times that are suitable for you below:

Vox Cinemas Showtime

Restaurant To Try This Weekend:

Kyokusen Sushi Boutique


Are you a fan of Japanese food? Visit Kyokusen Sushi Boutique! This fine-dining Japanese restaurant, located in Riyadh Boulevard, offers a wide selection of Japanese food. The menu offers an array of interesting options, all beautifully plated. Experience it for yourself this weekend!

Location: The Boulevard, Hittin (See map)
Instagram: kyokusen_sushiboutique

Thing To Do This Weekend:

Zero Latency


Transport yourself to a different world with virtual reality games at Zero Latency. Gather your friends and family members and take part in games that will have you believe that you are walking on a different plant or fighting for your survival- all the result of immersive technology.

Location: Salma Centre, 4210 Imam Abdullah Ibn Saud Ibn Abdulaziz Rd, Ash Shuhada (See map)
Instagram: zerolatencyme

Tickets: SAR 150 for an hour-long experience, including a briefing, and are available at the venue or on the website.
Thursday and Friday:  4 pm to 12 pm
Saturday to Wednesday: 3 pm to 11 pm

Person of Interest:

Yara Alnamlah


At only 20 years old, make-up artist Yara Alnamlah has already had a career bright enough to inspire us all. An architecture student at Prince Sultan University, she launched her career on Instagram at the age of 16 and has now gained more than 715.000 followers on the platform. She has also featured in Vogue Arabia and Harper’s Bazaar and worked with royalty and musicians such as Assala Nasri and Nawal Al Kuwaitia. You can see her work on her Instagram account:



Events & Happenings, Explore Your City, Jeddah Season

Cruz Diez’s Crosswalks at Historic Jeddah Season


The Historic Jeddah Season in association with Saudi Art and Culture has many key activities planned for the season, ranging from art exhibitions to street performances and art installations.

The SAC leads one such intriguing activity called Crosswalks, an art intervention by celebrated artist Carlos Cruz Diez which allows artworks to be integrated into urban spaces. Thus, encouraging people to break away from social conventions and absorb new visual stimuli, whilst experiencing the city in a unique and never-seen-before manner. For this activity, paths within Al Balad district have been recreated using various art elements, allowing members of the public to engage with their environment. The artworks at Crosswalk will be partially complete, with the public being invited to join the artist in completing the rest of the artwork. An intriguing and interesting fact about these artworks is that the colors will constantly change depending on the time of the day or where the passerby stands. This installation reiterates the fact that street art is constantly changing and evolving and there is always an element of surprise. Visitors can be part of this creative artwork at the Yard taking place beside Al Jaffali House, today from 6:00 pm to 11:00 p.m. For those who can’t join, you can still view the artworks till July 18, 2019.

More details on the Season can be found at


Events & Happenings, Explore KSA, Jeddah Season

Amazing Musical Performances at Historic Jeddah Season


The Historic Jeddah Season along with the workshops, art and craft exhibits and other enjoyable shows, there are musical performances to entertain all guests visiting the Season.

Daily fascinating music shows are held by the main stage at the Baraha located near the Ministry of Culture office, where local artists are being hosted. At the shows, an eclectic blend of a variety of musical instruments such as the Oud, Guitar or Tabla complemented by the Saxophone, mesmerizes the audiences with its impeccable sound, rhythm, and synchronization. The local artists are extremely talented and deliver outstanding performances, leaving the visitors in awe, yearning for more. Some of the performers at the Historic Jeddah Season are musical bands like Farabi and Nootet Wasel along with others, showcasing their adept talent for visitors to enjoy. These musical performances combine authentic art with modern music to create a unique art piece of entertainment, transporting you to a completely different world.

You can catch the shows daily between 9:15 pm to 11:00 pm, until the end of the season.

More details on the Season can be found at



A 360 Well-Being Destination


SHA Wellness Clinic is the world-wide well-being destination where health is not simply seen as the absence of illness but rather as the optimal state of physical, mental and spiritual well-being, in harmony with the environment, staying at an ideal weight while having great vitality.

The concept of SHA Wellness Clinic was born from the personal experience of Alfredo Bataller Parietti, who after facing a worrying diagnosis, was very fortunate to have found a doctor who was a leading expert in nutrition and natural therapies. As a result, Mr. Bataller recovered his health through the curative power of healthy nutrition and quickly became committed to sharing and disseminating all of this valuable knowledge with others. With the support of his family, he created a unique project where the wisdom of the ages meets the latest advances of Western medicine.bk0a9830-mrk-8bits-copy

SHA Wellness Clinic has become a global name synonymous of medical advances, pioneering programs, outstanding knowledge, and excellence as well as exceptional results. Guests are presented with a 360 well-being destination, enabling them to immerse into a range of treatments and programs, ultimately improving quality of life, slowing down the aging process and preventing illness.bk0a9853-mrk-copy

Since its beginning, SHA has continually focused on a 360 medical approach to wellbeing and health. The overriding intention is to help society through the care of both mind and body, by means of the ideal combination of ancient oriental techniques and the ultimate advances in western medicine. The mission is to produce a positive, nourishing and long-lasting change in the people’s wellbeing, thus re-establishing a harmonious balance between body, mind, and spirit. interiors-shamadi-restaurant-06-copy

These results are established through an incredibly wide variety of treatments, consultancy, and medicines whereby programs are meticulously prepared aligned to the needs of each individual. The personalized program will span across all aspects of health from anti-smoking medicine, sleep medicine, capillary health, cognitive stimulation, preventive medicine, fitness, healthy-aging, dental aesthetics and so much more. Moreover, the treatment zone comprises more than 80 cabins and consultations rooms, with over 35 doctors, all located in a modern and minimalist design location designed to immaculately meet the expectations and improve the comfort of guests.bk0a0054-mrk-copy

Combining the most effective and proven natural therapies, along with highly therapeutic nutrition without setting aside the latest advancement in western medicine, SHA offers its guests an array of programs to elevate their vitality and overall life improvement. In most recent years, the development of the bioenergetics unit, health & wellness programs, and the regenerative medicine unit, have been key advancements for the clinic, once again proving their innovation and forward thinking for medical expertise.img_9526-copy

Bioenergetic Unit: This unit consists of the evaluation of one’s system using technologies that interact with the human energy structure. It focuses on finding the root cause of imbalances and supports all mechanisms of self-regulation to address the challenges physically and emotionally.sha_capillary-treatment-copy

Heath & Wellness Programs: The expert team at the clinic have meticulously worked to create a set of plans and programs to suit a wide range of health and wellbeing requirements; discovery, essence, fitness, detox, weight control, intensive detox + weight loss, life reset, anti-smoking, sleep recovery, rejuvenation, anti-aging and anti-stress.sha_organic-garden-copy

Regenerative Medicine: SHA Regenerative medicine applies the most advanced biotechnology looking to understand how the regenerative processes of our own organisms can be imitated to treat diseases that also need this regeneration.sha_aesthetics-copy

Over the past 10 years, SHA has acclaimed multiple awards, globally and regionally, and further continue improving and transforming people’s health and wellbeing.sha_lifestyle17-042-c1_cmyk


Events & Happenings, Food

Catch Seafood Restaurant at Historic Jeddah Season


The Historic Jeddah Season is hosting some of the well-known popular food and beverage outlets from around the world – one of them being Catch, the globally influenced seafood restaurant from New York.

This concept has been brought to the Middle East for the very first time, by the Historic Jeddah Season. Grown from on standalone NYC flagship outlet to an international phenomenon, this famous restaurant offers contemporary renditions of classic seafood preparations, giving an unforgettable fine dining experience for the entire family. Headed by Executive Chef, Daniel Ye, a true food connoisseur who brings with him years of culinary expertise and knowledge to satiate all palates, welcomes visitors and patrons alike. Strategically located in Bait Gabil a 200-year-old heritage house, Catch is fast becoming a sought after eatery, where you can indulge in deliciously simple yet tasty seafood with superior service and elegant ambience. You can visit Catch Seafood Restaurant, Bait Gabil at the Historic Jeddah Season anytime between 8:00 p.m. to 02:00 a.m. during the course of the season.

More details about the festival can be found at and LiveHJSeason social media platforms.


Business, Events & Happenings

Swiss Hospitality Company Signs a Strategic Partnership Agreement with EHL


Swiss Hospitality Company signed a strategic partnership with EHL Advisory Services to join forces and leverage on their expertise to support the development of Saudi Arabia’s tourism gigantic projects according to 2030 Vision.

The strategic partnership agreement was signed by Mr. Salman Gasim, CEO at Swiss Hospitality Company –Based in Jeddah, and Mr. Olivier Verschelde, Senior Consultant at EHL Advisory Services – Based in Lausanne. A consulting and executive training company in hospitality, active in more than 30 countries, which supports the development of the hospitality industry and a subsidiary of EHL Group which includes the World’s No. 1 hospitality management school Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne an ambassador for traditional Swiss hospitality and has been a pioneer in hospitality education since 1893 with over 25,000 alumni worldwide.

The signing ceremony coincided with the visit of the delegation of the Saudi-Swiss Business Council to Switzerland, where the strategic agreement was signed at the Permanent Mission of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations, in the presence of His Excellency Ambassador Abdulaziz Al-Wasl, the Consul General of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mr. Salah Al-Qahtani, Chairman  of the Saudi-Swiss Business Council, his deputy Mr. Fahd Al-Shathri, Mr. Abdullah Al-Masoud, the Commercial Attaché in Geneva, and the Advisor Mr. Abdulsalam Al-Kuwaity.

“From the leading position of the Swiss Hospitality Company and its active role in the development and advancement of the tourism and hospitality industry in Saudi Arabia, we are keen to engage in strategic partnerships and cooperation with leading international organizations that share the same vision and values,” said Mr. Gasim. “EHL has been recognized as the best university in the field of hospitality and tourism for the second year in a row, we believe their long years of expertise will be of an added value to the kingdom’s ambitious projects such as NEOM, Amaala Project, and the Development of Al-Ula.”

“We are delighted to sign this agreement with the Swiss Hospitality Company as it is the real engine for the development and renaissance of the tourism industry in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We are delighted to share our experiences with them and benefit from the knowledge and expertise of its members that are led by Mr. Salman Gasim. We will seek to harness the University’s over 100 years of experience in the field of hospitality and tourism to contribute to the role of the Swiss Hospitality Company in the development of the tourism sector and to help it achieve its strategic objectives.”

Mr. Saleh Al Qahtani, Chairman of the Saudi-Swiss Business Council, added: “The Kingdom’s Vision 2030 has enhanced the tourism and leisure sector that would diversify the kingdom’s income sources and encourage private sector investment through the development of world-class tourism sites. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced a number of large projects in the tourism and entertainment sector to position the kingdom among the top destinations for tourist to visit and compete with neighboring countries.”


Events & Happenings

Destination #TGIT: What’s Going On, ? Riyadh


If you are in Riyadh this season and wondering how to spend your days? We’ve got you covered.

Thanks to the air-conditioned arenas, malls, cafes and event spaces that make it easy for us to get a dose of entertainment and fun during summers in Riyadh.

Here’s a list of Destination picked events, restaurants, people, places to visit, weekend activities and more. 

Event of the Week


Cosmos is a 4-day event held at the Seven Moons Land offering many activities for the entire family. The event is bound to give its guests an unforgettable experience by utilizing each of the seven moons. The activities include The Big Challenge, Pet Zoo, VR Moon, Online Gaming Moon, Horror Escape Room and much more.

Date: ongoing until 29 June

Time: 3 PM to 12 AM

Venue: Seven Moons  (See link)

Circo Americano

Photo Credits: passion_exp

Photo Credits: passion_exp

Marvel the spectacle of acrobats swinging or at the tricks and performances by the Circo Americano. 

Date: 26 June to 6 July

Tickets: circo-americano-tickets

Venue: Granada Square facing Granada Mall (See link)

Must See Movie at the Cinema


If you’re up for a trip to the cinema, Toy Story 4 is our recommendationSimultaneously funny and heartwarming, this nostalgic animated movie is not just for children- it’s a good one to watch with both family and friends of all ages. Find the times that work best for you here: 

Vox | AMC

Restaurant to try this weekend

Photo Credits: Meesh Aldosh and Maged1h1

Photo Credits: Meesh Aldosh and Maged1h1

Eggsactly offers you exactly what you need for breakfast – all day long!

Breakfast is a happy affair at Eggsactly where the egg lovers have access to all-day breakfast, coffee, and good vibes. Eggsactly is currently in its soft-opening but is getting quite the happy and satisfied reviews from Riyadhis. 


Location: 4036 Sabfa Ibn Saidah, An Nakheel (See link)

Where to Go


Unleash your free spirits with Bounce!

Beat the heat, but keep that fire at Bounce with two hours access for just SAR 100. This indoor adrenaline pumping venue, packed with activities for females and children (boys under the age of 10 and is the perfect answer to the summer boredom. The venue is packed with interconnected trampolines, a dodge ball arena, slam dunk, super tramp, cliff jump, and huge inflatable airbags. Bounce Rawdah features a café for those looking for a more chilled experience and it can also cater for special occasions like birthday parties, with 3 private rooms and party packages available.

The two hours super pass is available to purchase online at or call 92000 6744 to book.

Location: 13212 Khurais Branch Rd (See map)

Instagram: bouncemiddleeast

Campaign of the season


The Shawarmer restaurant chain marked its 20th anniversary in March by launching the “Shawarmer for Social Responsibility Save It!” campaign to raise national awareness for tackling the growing food waste issue.

The Save It initiative kicked off with a competition among Saudi university students, with teams competing to take part in an intensive three-day marketing challenge. 

More than 150 Saudi students submitted ideas to participate in the competition to earn the opportunity to participate in an intensive boot camp that ended with the teams facing off to select the ultimate winner.

At the end of the event, it was the senior marketing students of Alfaisal University team, who stood out for both their creative approach as well as an empowering central thematic, earning them the unique opportunity to lead a national food waste awareness campaign funded by Shawarmer.

Read more about the campaign here: Shawarmer’s Save It Campaign