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Stilts Band Parade and CYR Wheel at Historic Jeddah Season


The fun never ends at the Historic Jeddah Season this summer. With a few more days of excitement left, the Season has in store a wide range of activities filled with lots of laughter, entertainment and delight.

The CYR Wheel artists at Historic Jeddah Season will enthrall you with their feat. A display of sheer talent, the brilliant artist’s, swirls around performing their act of balance and precision, amusing all visitors watching their performance. A must watch show for families and children alike, you can catch the CYR Wheel artists perform twice daily, once at 8.30pm and again at 9.30pm, near the Yard, beside BaEshin. l76a5187-copy

And while the excitement continues, come join the ‘Stilts Band Parade’. Marching around from the food court, the parade thrills tourists, visitors and locals. Dressed in eye catching sequined outfits, the performers walk around on stilts displaying great talent, experience and confidence.

Bound to keep not just the little ones amused, but even the adults, all are encouraged to join the parade. Don’t miss out on the fun; catch them daily at 7.30pm, 9pm and 10.30pm as they begin their march starting at the food court.

The Historic Jeddah Season has continued to engage with audiences, with the numerous activities, shows, acts and thrilling performances from local as well as international artists. From historic education of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, to outstanding cultural and global experiences, the HJS has indeed changed the look of summer in the Kingdom.  The Season runs until the 18th of July at the Al Balad District, Jeddah.

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The Historic Jeddah Season Celebrations to Conclude Soon


Enjoy the last few days of great summer fun and entertainment.

The first edition of the Historic Jeddah Season will soon conclude in a few days and everyone is urged to make the most of the last fun filled activities. Celebrating the unique culture and heritage of Jeddah in the historic Al Balad district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site has indeed served as a gateway to the Kingdom.

A celebration of sorts, the Historic Jeddah Season showcased art, technology, musicals, theatre performances and many more never-seen-before attractions, engaging visitors in a unique journey through the rich history of Jeddah. Having become one of the most eminent events on the social calendar of Jeddah, the HJS has enthralled visitors and locals alike. Impressive installations, daring acts of strength, well-known artists and world famous Chefs have all played an important part of the Season.

With just a few days to go, visitors are urged to come enjoy the various activities and make the most of the summer. While the Season ends on the 18 th of July, all are welcomed to take advantage of the offerings until the end of this historic season.

Historic Jeddah Season offers ‘a surprise in every corner‘ – there is something for everyone to indulge in, from varied food options to exciting family entertainment to renowned artist performances, amusing stunts and interesting workshops that educate, entertain and engage.

Come enjoy the last four days of the Historic Jeddah Season and take home a memory of Jeddah to reminisce forever.

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Al Comedy Club Comes to Historic Jeddah Season


The Historic Jeddah Season continues to make your summers memorable and fun filled.

The Al Balad district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site has been transformed into a world of entertainment, leisure and history. As we approach the grand finale of the Season, the entertainment continues to gain momentum and bring families together. While visitors learn about Jeddah’s history through various shows and musicals, for those who prefer comedy, some interesting shows are in the pipeline. The Al Comedy Club joins in the fun at Historic Jeddah Season, spreading joy and laughter amongst all. The shows are headlined by well-known local talents from the club, who will enthrall and amuse all visitors. True to their promise, the Al Comedy Club follows their passion of spreading happiness through entertainment. While indulging in some great cuisines from around the world being offered at HJS, visitors can also satiate their hunger with some rib-tickling comedy to end their evening with fun and laughter. Catch the action twice daily at 8:00pm and again at 10:00pm at the stage near the Restaurant area.

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Zawia 97 Historical Retail Space at Historic Jeddah Season


The Historic Jeddah Season has made summers in the Kingdom ‘a great time to look forward to spending outdoors’. With a trunk load of activities for all, there is no better way to beat the heat.

One can learn, watch and play all at the same time. The cultural shows and performances take the audience on a road trip related to the past with well-known folklores relived through acting and drama.  photo-1-copy

Other elements of the Season showcase the rich heritage and culture of Jeddah. One such journey is the Zawia 97 Historical Retail Space at Historic Jeddah Season, which allows visitors to walk through a lane filled with the aromatic spices and herbs of Jeddah. The idea of activating the alley was to revive the craft of ‘Al Etarah’.

They will have the opportunity to visit various workshop spaces and different spice and herb shops that are traditionally called, “Etarah”. There will also be a retail shop where products related to the craft are sold, and visitors can experience the unique way their forefathers lived. photo-2-copy

The Zawia 97 Historical Retail Space is located in the Al Etarah Alley and is open to the public till the end of the Season from 7pm until midnight.

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Special Places in Jeddah

The shops are small and the alleys are narrow

Jeddah is a city that has always welcomed people from all around the world, and has become home to a variety of cultures and traditions. The communities that have lived in this colorful city have built and shaped the cultural environment. Here are some special places that we recommend you visit:

Afghan Market, a market for great carpet finds

Enjoy the purchase of colorful jewelry from the Afghan market

Enjoy the purchase of colorful jewelry from the Afghan market

If you love collecting the finest carpets, then you must head over to the Afghan Souk. This market has been standing for over half a century and is famous for having a diverse selection of elaborate carpets to choose from. This market is well known for its tight roads where you can find souvenir shops, local shops, and street food vendors all close to one another. The vendors are constantly firing up fresh tamees bread and traditional Afghani food, the smell alone will leave your mouth watering. Regardless of how tight the space is, the people continue to walk around to take in all the souk has to offer.

Location: Al Hindawiyah

The smell of fresh liver cooking in the distance will attract your attention from miles away

The smell of fresh liver cooking in the distance will attract your attention from miles away

Central Fish Market (Al Bangala)

Choose today’s fresh catch from the fish market

Choose today’s fresh catch from the fish market

Visit Jeddah’s fish market and watch the fisherman catch their fish even before sun rise. You can find the freshest fish local to the red sea such as sigan, najel and harid. If you go early, not only will you be able to purchase the best catch of the day, but you may even witness the fishermen coming into the market with their morning catch.

Location: Corniche, Al Baghdadiyah Al Gharbiyah
Time: 9am – 5pm

You will find the best carpets here

You will find the best carpets here

Get to know the locals in the area

Get to know the locals in the area

Yemeni Market

This popular market has been running for about forty years and is crowded with vendors and buyers. Here you can find a variety of Yemeni products, from food and juices to clothes and pottery. The people of Jeddah enjoy purchasing Yemeni spices and jasmine flowers from the market for special occasions. This market is considered to be a part of Yemen in the heart of Jeddah, and it is best to visit after 5pm.

Location: King Fahd Rd, Al Hindawiyah
Time: 11:30am – 6:30pm

Purchase a variety of spices from Al Aziziyah

Purchase a variety of spices from Al Aziziyah

South Asian Market

The South Asian Market is located in Al Aziziyah and is a must see souq especially if you have a love for Pakistani and Indian cultures. The market is filled with vibrant colors that stem from an array of fabrics and jewelry. You can find traditional South Asian clothing as well as delicious food and spices from the region.

Location: North East of Al Aziziyah Dist.


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Quick Guide to Shopping in Jeddah

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Whether you’re bargain hunting or luxury shopping, Jeddah will not disappoint. We compiled a short list for you to guide you in your shopping adventure.

Luxury Shopping:

  • Rubaiyat
    Arabia’s Luxury Fashion Destination

Rubaiyat features the world’s premiere brands and partners with the most prestigious fashion houses, perfumes and home accessories. Find them all at their luxury department store. Their presence is characterized by exclusive representation of more than 60 international luxury brands including Armani, Brioni, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, and many more.
Location: Stars Avenue Mall
Instagram: rubaiyatfashion

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  • Boulevard

Walk through the Boulevard plaza and enjoy a luxury shopping experience with brands such as Gucci, Parada, Dolce and Gabbana, Tiffany & Co. And much more.
Location: King Abdulaziz Rd., Ash Shati Dist.
Instagram: boulevardksa

  • El Khayyat Center

Located right in the heart of Jeddah’s shopping district, El Khayyat Center offers countless international luxury brands.
Location: Tahlia St., Al Andalus Dist.
Tel: +966-12-6655558
Instagram: Elkhayyatcenter

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Great finds:

  • Souq Al Shati

Want to shop like a Jeddawi but not looking to overspend? Souq Al Shati has got you covered! Find items such as Saudi thobes, abayas, scarves, gifts, house wear and much more.
Location: Ahmad Al Attas Rd., Al Zahra’a Dist.

  • Mahmood Saeed

Visit this grand market with a variety of endless items from home decor to clothing stores.
Location: Salmi Ibn Rabiah Rd., Al Faisaliyah Dist.

  • Al Balad

From history to art, Al Balad is one of our favorite spots in Jeddah. Shop for traditional Saudi items while picking out memorable handmade souvenirs.
Location: Al Balad Dist.

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  • Mall of Arabia
    One of the biggest malls in Jeddah with endless brands to choose from while you shop.
    Location: Al Madinah Rd., An Nuzhah Dist.
    Instagram: mallofarabia
  • Red Sea Mall
    Satisfy all your shopping needs right by the Waterfront, maybe even sneak in a movie while you’re there. Not to mention the largest food court in town that hosts many international restaurants and food stalls.
    Location: King Abdulaziz Rd., Ash Shati Dist.
    Tel: +966-12-2151551

    Instagram: redseamallksa
  • Al Salaam Mall
    Grand mall you won’t want to miss! Aside from shopping through countless international brands, you might find yourself roaming the halls of IKEA. Not to forget it’s huge food court.
    Location: King Abdullah Rd., Al Fayha’a Dist.
    Tel: 9200000262
    Instagram: alsalaammall
  • Ana Ghair
    A combination of a small mall and a large concept store, Ana Ghair Mall recognizes and sells all local brands to their niche market.
    Location: Prince Sultan Rd., Ar Rawdah Dist.

Mall in Jeddah
Usual Opening Hours:

9:30 AM – 11:00 PM
Better to go after 4 PM

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Concept Stores:

With local designers and artists on the rise, Jeddah is falling in love with its many fun and unique concept stores.

  • Homegrown Market
    Best known for selling local abaya designs, jewelery and accessories, Homegrown is a staple for anyone looking for fashion and design.
    Location: Prince Saud Al Faisal, Ar Rawdah Dist.
    Mob: +966-503077540
    Instagram: homegrown_market
  • Crate
    From stationery to food and fashion, Crate is a small space with a lot of character. It offers a space for startup brands.
    Location: Al Yamamah Rd., Al Salama Dist.
    Mob: +966-507399956
    Instagram: crate.ksa
  • Makeen Space
    Sip on some freshly brewed coffee while you shop the latest local designs. Makeen Space holds an array interesting designs from clothing to household items.
    Location: Tahlia St., Al Andalus Dist.
    Mob: +966-500024359
    Instagram: makeenspace
  • Libra Lounge and Boutique
    Food, oud and fashion, Libra Lounge and Boutique allows you to experience comfort and luxury while you shop.
    Location: Prince Saud Al Faisal, Ar Rawdah Dist.
    Mob: +966-540884744
    Instagram: libraloungeandboutique


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Must Try Seasonal Offerings

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These are some world renowned pop-up eateries around the city you wouldn’t want to miss!

Nusr-et Steakhouse

Cuisine: Turkish
A must for any meat lover out there, Nusret offers the highest quality steak with a unique and entertaining dining experience. Nusret is also home to the most entertaining chef, Nusret Gökçe, aka “Salt Bae.”

Timings: 12:30 PM – 1 AM
Location: Corniche St, Ash Shati, Prince Naif Rd.
Tel: 920022395

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Cuisine: French
From the stable of Joël Rebuchon holder of 29 Michelin stars, L’atelier Joël Rebuchon serve simple yet exquisite French cooking, chic red and black minimalism, the restaurant overlook the Jeddah landscape from the 17th floor of the well-known Assila hotel.

Try: Pomme Puree

Timings: 7 PM – 1 AM
Location: Assila Hotel
Tel: +966-12-2319800

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This Peruvian restaurant features influences from Spain and Japan. This intricate mix of cultural flavours is bound to take you on a trip around the world.

Try: Sea Bass Risotto

Timings: 2 PM – 1 AM
Location: KASC
Tel: 920022395

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Cuisine: Lebanese
Dine at Beirut Khanum after a long day of Season activities. Allow them to take care of you as they prepare an elaborate feast of traditional Arabic dishes packed with flavor while you enjoy some shisha with friends.

Timings: 4 PM – 12 AM
Location: KASC
Tel: +966-5001122440


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The Wheres of Al Hamra’a

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Eat, Stay, Discover.

Where to eat:

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  • Street 56
    Cuisine: Modernized Chinese

Serving up yummy baos and modernized asian street food.

DKSA Recommends:
Braised beef bao, duck bao, mango ice cream with chilli

Location: 7843 Ahmad Al Attas, Al Zahra Dist.
Timing: 6 PM – 11 PM
Instagram: streetfiftysix

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  • Relais De Paris (Entrecôte)
    Cuisine: French

French fine dining serving classic steak and fries.

Location: Falastin St., Al Hamra’a
Mob: +966-508884166
Instagram: entrecotejeddah

  • Alert Coffee

Artistic aesthetics and great artisan coffee.

DKSA Recommends:
Brewed coffee and Banoffee pie

Location: Al Hamra’a Dist.
Mob: +966-544446141
Timing: Sun – Thu 7 AM – 11:30 PM |
Fri 1:30 PM – 11:30 PM

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  • Twina
    Cuisine: Seafood

Gather up the family for some traditional Jeddawi cuisine.

DKSA Recommends:
Najil Fish and Lobster Tajin

Location: Corniche Rd.
Tel: 920028284
Timing: 1 PM – 1 AM

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  • Byblos
    Cuisine: Lebanese

Fine Lebanese dining, suitable for families.

DKSA Recommends:
Lebanese mezze and grilled platter.

Location: Al Hamra’a  Dist.
Mob: +966-506712108
Timing: Sun – Thu 7 AM – 11:30 PM |
Fri 1:30 PM – 11:30 PM

  • Caffe Aroma
    Cuisine: Multi-cuisine

Head to Caffe Aroma for a chill evening with your friends.

DKSA Recommends:
Coffee and French toast with toppings of your choosing

Location: Corniche Rd., Al Hamra’a Dist.
Tel: 920010163
Timing: 8 AM – 2 AM

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  • Dardasha
    Cuisine: Multi-cuisine

Fun, lighthearted and a great brunch date with your friends.

DKSA Recommends:
Afternoon tea and finger foods

Location: Park Hyatt Hotel, Al Hamra’a
Tel: +966-12-2639666
Timing: 9 AM – 9 PM

Where to STAY:

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  • Ritz-Carlton Hotel

This all suite luxury hotel is perfectly located by the Red Sea for an incredible view.

Location: Al Hamra’a, Southern Corniche
Tel: +966-12-2314444

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  • Intercontinental Hotel

Free breakfast and a great dining experience accompanied with a unique luxurious feel.

Location: Al Hamra’a, Corniche
Tel: +966-2295555

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  • Park Hyatt Jeddah

This luxury resort not only offers a top of the line dining experience, but also includes a marina, club and spa that will leave its guests feeling royal.

Location: Al Hamra’a, Corniche
Tel: +966-12-2639666


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Around Al Hamra’a


There’s so much more to Al Hamra’a district than just shopping and dining. This part of Jeddah has lots to offer if you’re after something a little exciting. Here are some of the options for you.

Find Out Why Jeddah is the Art Hub of KSA

The creative scene of Jeddah is thriving and with that, galleries and art in general pepper its different neighborhoods. Al Hamra’a is one of the focal points, especially with Tahlia Street within its 5-mile radius.

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  • Athr Contemporary Art Gallery

One of the leading galleries in the Kingdom and home to the works of renowned Saudi artists like Ahmed Mater, Dana Awartani, and Muhannad Shono. Their international collection is also well-curated, with a good mix of regional and global creators.

Location: Serafi Mall, Tahlia St.
Tel: +966-12-2845009
Timing:  10 AM – 2 PM, 5 – 9 PM
(Sun – Thu) 3 – 9 PM (Sat)

  • Museum of Arts Home

This is a major cultural landmark in the city that includes the heritage and traditions of Hejaz, clothing, furniture and the environment of this ancient region. It’s a museum full of antiques and murals of international artists.

Location: AlKala St., Al Hamra’a Dist.
Timing: 8 AM – 12 PM

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  • Darat Safeya Binzagr

An artspace that celebrates regional and fine arts. A great place for discovering Saudi Artists and getting indoctrinated with the local creative culture.

Location: 4303 King Abdullah Branch Rd., Al Baghdadiyah Al Gharbiyah, Al Hamra’a
Tel: +966-12-6571030
Timing: 10 AM – 4 PM (Sun – Thu) | 10 AM – 2 PM / 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM (Sat)

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  • Get spiritual vibes at Hasan Anani Mosque

Located along central Jeddah Corniche at the intersection of Al Hamra’a Street and Corniche Road, the Hasan Anani Mosque is one of the stunning mosques in Jeddah with Egyptian architecture. It has a shimmering gold tinted dome and beautiful calligraphy along with mosaics in different colors.

  • Corniche Open Air Museum

Designed as a grand scale public art museum, Jeddah confers a sense of modernity blended with traditional culture. Having a walk by the open-air Corniche museum you will come across 20 of the most admirable sculptures by Henry Moore, Victor Vazerally, Cesar Baldaccini and lots more.

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  • Stroll or roll by the Jeddah Fountain

Put your skates and get rolling on the lively Middle Corniche Park where you can enjoy a serene sunset. Adding to the magnificent scenery is the sparkling Red Sea and take a stroll near the tallest fountain in the world, King Fahad Fountain.

Location: Corniche Rd., Al Hamra’a
Timing: Open 24 hours

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  • Jeddah Flagpole

Minutes away from Al Hamra’a District towards the roundabout is Jeddah’s patriotic flagpole, the tallest in the world. Make sure you capture the opportunity to visit the symbolic pride of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Location: King Abdullah Square, AlRuwais

Dine at Restaurants with Views

Fancy dosing up on a meal while enjoying 360-degree views of the King Fahad Fountain? Try one of these restaurants:

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  • Dilek Cafe & Restaurant

Not only a restaurant with a gorgeous view, but also serves marvelous Turkish meze and kebabs.

Location: Corniche Rd., Al Hamra’a
Mob: +966-582011768
Instagram: dilekrsa

  • Spears Restaurant

Spears boasts to be Jeddah’s first Brazilian churrascaria with sublime views of King Fahad’s Fountain. The restaurant has a wonderful buffet with a line up of all kinds of succulent meat.

Location: Intercontinental Hotel, Hussain Basalamah, Al Hamra’a
Tel: +966-12-2295574
Instagram: spears_jeddah

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Discover marine life marvels and guess what? You can swim with dolphins too. They also have their Blue Ocean Restaurant right beside the waterbreak.

DKSA Recommends:
Make sure to get a reservation, once there you can order the fresh catch of the day.

Location: Al Nawras, Corniche Rd.
Tel: +966-12-6066144
Timing: 10 AM – 11 PM, Sun – Thu | 1:30 PM – 11 PM, Fri – Sat

Try Hejazi Cuisine at Al Nakheel

Want to try a traditional feast? Al Nakheel offers authentic Saudi dishes, particularly Hejazi (western region) favorites.

DKSA Recommends:
Order some Mantu, the Jeddah version of dumplings, yaghmoush, and mutabag.

Location: Corniche Rd.
Tel: 920013150
Instagram: alnakheel_jeddah


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Guide To Al Hamra’a


This stretch of road has been the hub of Jeddah’s community for decades. Al Hamra’a is brimming with shops, restaurants, five-star hotels, government offices, and, of course, the mammoth landmark, King Fahad’s Fountain. The postcard-perfect landmark is illuminated at night making it a stunning sight.

Al Hamra’a is a busy and lively place to explore for out-of-towners who want to go sight seeing in Jeddah. It has recently gone through a makeover that has made it a lot more pedestrian friendly.


Main Roads & Streets
Al Corniche Road
Falastin Street
Al Andalus Street

Average Commute based on distance
15 mins from AlBalad (7.7km)
25 mins from Waterfront (22km)
25 mins from KASC (29.4km)
31 mins from Obhur (36.2km)

King Fahad’s Fountain
Conferences Palace
Hasan Anani Mosque
Middle Corniche Park