8 action-packed things to do in Jeddah this F1 weekend: March 24 to 27

A packed programme of sports and entertainment…

We’re always excited for the weekend, but there’s even more reason to be buzzing as it’s the Formula 1 race weekend. The Jeddah Corniche Circuit will once again roar into life as the world’s most exciting sport descends on the Red Sea coastline for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2022 – which is why we’ve included one extra day for you to celebrate.

And apart from the F1 sessions and the supporting races, there is plenty to see and do off-track and outside the circuit. From concerts to exploring the vibrant city of Jeddah and taking in its historical and cultural sites, here are eight action-packed things to do this weekend.

Thursday March 24

1. Discover Jeddah’s historical heart, Al Balad

Old Jeddah

Famous for its intricately designed houses, built using coral from the depths of the red sea and boasting colourful balconies, Al Balad offers some of the finest examples of coral architecture anywhere in the world. The remarkable streets are matched only by delectable street food with kebabs, hummus, and tammez vendors filling the narrow streets – the 100-year-old Al Saidi Bakery a must-see for its famed rusks.

Al-Balad District, Jeddah 22236 3125. @visitsaudi

2. Take in the sunset at King Fahd Fountain


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Visible from across the city, King Fahd Fountain is a much-loved Jeddah landmark sitting in the middle of the Red Sea. At 312 meters high, the fountain’s waters create a magical display as the sun sets on the city and should not be missed. One of the best vantage points is from Jeddah corniche, providing a ringside seat to the fountain and its show, as well as the perfect evening stroll filled with food stalls, cafes, and restaurants.

King Fahad’s Fountain, Al-Hamra Corniche, Jeddah 23212. 

Friday March 25

3. Get a contemporary fix at the new Hayy Jameel

Hayy Jameel facade

A new addition to Jeddah’s lively cultural scene is Hayy Jameel, a 17,000-square-meter creative complex, which opened in November 2021. Don’t miss the centre’s opening season exhibitions, including large-scale light art installations and just-opened residents such as Homegrown Market, a local concept store, and Aysh Academy, an artisan baking institute.

Hayy Jameel, Al Muhammadiyah District, Jeddah 23615, Sun, Mon, Wed & Thurs 10am to 6pm, Fri 2pm to 10pm, Sat noon to 8pm. Book your visit here. Hay.artjameel.org

4. Gear up for the second round of the FIA F1 World Championship

2021 F1 Saudi Arabian GP

After the massive success of Saudi Arabia’s debut F1 race last season, the port city of Jeddah will play host to the second round of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship from March 25 to 27. Over three incredible days, the Jeddah Corniche Circuit is on track to deliver a whole calendar of exciting race-based events. With pit lane walks, high-speed passenger laps and chart-topping performers, there really is something for everyone. If you’ve secured your tickets to the F1 this weekend, congratulations, you’re in for one wild ride. Otherwise, you can still get them here.

Formula 1 STC Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2022, March 25 to 27, Jeddah Corniche Circuit. @saudiarabiangp

Saturday March 26

5. Experience the diverse and colourful culture of Jeddah’s souks

Jeddah souks

Local markets have long been a part of Jeddah’s life, with a multi-cultural diversity creating the city’s unique identity over generations. A must-see for visitors who have yet to experience the joys of bargaining and exploring the nooks and intertwining alleyways. Look no further than the alleyways of souq Al Badu and souq Al Alawi, where you’ll find local fabric stores, incense, bakeries, and all types of goods, showcasing the true essence of Jeddah and its history.

Makkah Gate, Old Mecca Al Moukarramah Rd, Al-Balad, Jeddah 22236. @visitsaudi

6. Enjoy world-class entertainment


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The world’s top music stars join the best drivers on the planet in Jeddah to put on a show like no other across the race weekend. Saturday’s after-race concert will see DJ Axwell, Wiz Khalifa and Egyptian megastar Mohamed Ramadan dazzling the crowd. Every Saudi Arabian Grand Prix after-race concert will take place at the main stage of the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, and you’ll find a variety of food and drink options here. The after-race live concerts are free for all F1 ticketholders, so get your tickets.

Formula 1 STC Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2022, March 25 to 27, Jeddah Corniche Circuit. @saudiarabiangp

Sunday March 27

7. Delve into Jeddah’s cosmopolitan past at the Tayebat Museum

Tayebat Museum

As one of the Gulf’s oldest seaports and the gateway to the holy city of Makkah, Jeddah has been welcoming the world for centuries, resulting in the rich cultural diversity that exists today. The Tayebat Museum provides a fascinating look into the cosmopolitan past of the city’s 2,500-year history. Located in the Al Faisaliyah district, the museum is housed in a multiroom complex that re-creates the traditional Hijazi architecture of the old city, with bay windows overlaid with intricate wooden latticework and ornate coral masonry. With several floors of in-depth exhibits, the museum offers a living history lesson on the foundation of Jeddah, Saudi and the wider Arabian Peninsula.

Al Tayebat International City, Raihanat Al Jazirah, Al Faisaliyah District 3170, Jeddah 23442 8786, Sat to Thurs 8am to noon & 5pm to 9pm. SAR80 per person. @visitsaudi

8. The highlight of the Formula One STC Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2022


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If you’re ever going to watch an F1 race, Sunday is the day. The eyes of the sporting world turn to Jeddah as the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix revs into action under the lights along the Jeddah Corniche. At the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix held just three months ago, Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen went toe-to-toe as their 2021 title fight escalated – will we see similar dramas this weekend as Ferrari has joined the fight at the front? Be sure to stay tuned.

And of course, apart from the race, exploring the circuit and its surroundings is one of the best ways to take in the atmosphere of an F1 weekend. Head to the F1 Village to buy your favourite team’s merchandise, try your hand at simulators and other demonstrations, and watch concerts. Get ready to celebrate the conclusion of another F1 season in style with performances by the Black Eyed Peas, Chris Brown, Clean Bandit and DJ R3HAB.

Formula 1 STC Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2022, March 25 to 27, Jeddah Corniche Circuit. @saudiarabiangp

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