Are you not entertained?
If you find yourself at a loose end in the next couple of months then we have just what you need. Here is a range of activities to keep the old, young, sporty and artistic among us occupied with a fun-filled summer.
Sitting on the mouth of the Red Sea, it would be almost criminal to not utilize our amazing seabed for a bit of fishing. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or an angling novice, try it out and you’ll be hooked!
Once you are, you can join the Jeddah fishing club where you can meet other enthusiasts and share your passion for the sport and the best locations to find your ideal catch. If you want to learn how to fish then the team at Treble Hook will be happy to put you through your paces with a number of experiences including deep sea fishing, bottom fishing, jigging and trolling. You can take your pick of packages (ranging from SR 2,250 – SR 3,500) online at fishfishme.com. Seas the day!
Need some more vitamin sea? Jeddah has some of the best access to the sea for shore diving.
The general price is SR 300 per trip including food and drink. The trip will usually last for 10 hours with a barbecue in the afternoon. Don’t forget that you will need to take ID along as the captain will need to hand this in to the coast guard so you can be at one with the beautiful creatures of the deep blue sea.
Hit the Beach: Obhur
If you haven’t had enough of the seaside then take a trip to Obhur’s amazing open beach where you can sunbathe to your heart’s content, play a bit of volleyball, have a family barbecue or pop into the Sheraton Red Sea Resort where you can treat yourself to a relaxing spa.
Fish and Aquariums
Bored of fish and the ocean? Didn’t think so! Head on down to Fakieh Aquarium where you can be entertained - yet educated – up-close with hundreds of aquatic creatures. Families can also enjoy the impressive dolphin and sea lion show every day.
The dolphin show is a must-see. Open every day from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. on Fridays. Make sure you keep a note of the dolphin and seal shows scheduled every day for 1pm, 7pm and 9pm and plan around this time. There’s free Wi-Fi too.
Knock the Pins Down
The competitive among you will be able to keep those juices flowing through the hot summer months without melting outside. Get your nearest and dearest together and check out Jeddah Lanes bowling alley. If you get tired of whooping your friends at bowling then switch over to billiards, table tennis or the arcade area. This can be thirsty work so you can replenish yourself at the snack bar.
Skate and Sway On Ice
Looking to cool off but keep moving at the same time? Al Shallal Theme Park, at the end of Sari Street, has the largest ice rink in the city and it’s a brilliant place for a group to go out and chill (pun intended). Book a VIP booth that overlooks the skating rink for the best experience. If you want to avoid a crowd, go during the week.
Atallah Happy Land Theme Park
Running for the past 30 years, Jeddah’s biggest theme park is the perfect treat for the whole family. With rides for all age groups, it has indoor and outdoor games and an action zone for the especially energetic. Make sure you take a ride on the big wheel for an amazing view of the sea. The park is open from 5 p.m. everyday but closes at midnight from Friday to Tuesday and 2 a.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Prices: SR 25 – SR 50
Pets and Plants: Fayfa Garden
Fayfa Garden is a lovely play area and mini zoo with monkeys, snakes, exotic birds and cute puppies too. The plants on show at the garden are extraordinary so if you ever find yourself on Tahlia Street with time to kill, remember we told you all about it. Some of the animals on show are also on sale to visitors and their gift shop has some quirky gardening items. Take the kids along too; there are small rides to keep them amused if they get bored of the wildlife on show.
Next up is Darat Safeya Bizagr where you can learn to draw and take a look back through the history of the kingdom through this Jeddawis’ exquisite art. Enjoy the fantastic exhibitions in every medium from oil to watercolor and see real traditional costumes and body adornments on display. The gallery also hosts sporadic visiting exhibitions featuring works of local and international artists you need to contact them before visiting.