6 fantastic things to do in Jeddah this weekend: May 12 to 14

Welcome to the weekend…

It’s been an exciting week in Jeddah, from Jeddah Season getting underway to Lionel Messi landing in the city. The fun is set to continue, as the weekend is almost here. So, whether you’re after cool classes, delicious dim sum or amazing anime, here are the best things to do in Jeddah this weekend.

Thursday 12 May

Go on an animal adventure at Jeddah Jungle

Jeddah Jungle is Saudi Arabia’s largest zoo and it’s bringing the animal kingdom to the kingdom. The zoo opened this week and is home to more than 1,000 species of wild creatures and more than 200 species of rare birds. The family-friendly destination also includes bungee jumping, zip lining, painting balling, archery and karting.

Jeddah Jungle, Jeddah, 

Party the night away at an electronic music festival

Get into the groove at The Music Space. The performance hotspot hosts live music and DJ nights. This Thursday and Friday, it will be celebrating electronic pop music with cool DJs. On May 12 Klinsh and Zaid Khaled will grace the stage, and on May 13 Fulana will be playing some tunes.

The Music Space, 3456 King Abdul Aziz Rd, An Nahdah, Jeddah, SAR175, 9.30pm, May 12 to 13. Tel: (0)55 567 0337.

Friday 13 May

Raise the barre at this workout class


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If you’re after a workout with a difference, join this barre class with Ghalia Khoja. Over 45 minutes, you will use a bar – ballet style – to feel the stretch. The class combines elements of pilates, yoga and ballet and aims to strengthen your core. All levels are welcome.

Pulse Studios KSA, U Shape Center, Jeddah, 10.30am, May 13. Tel: 055 503 4104. @pulsestudiosksa

Watch a Japanese anime movie


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Jujutsu Kaisen is already making history, as it became the fourth highest grossing anime film of all time in the North America. If you love your fantasy, you’ll love this. The story follows Yuta Okkotsu, a student who gains control of a powerful spirit. He gets enrolled into a sorcery school, so that he can control his newfound powers. If you can’t get tickets to this screening, there’ll be another at Muvi’s Mall of Arabia on May 19.

Muvi Cinema, Mall of Arabia, Nuzha District, Jeddah, from Dhs149, 9pm, May 19. muvicinemas.com 

Saturday 14 May

Dig into dim sum at the recently opened Shang Palace


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Shangri-La’s Shang Palace is only a few months old, but it’s already proving to be a stand out spot on Jeddah’s restaurant scene. We found love with chef’s Keith Yeap’s menu, which includes Insta-worthy brightly-coloured dim sum and an impressive roasted peking duck. Sit back and enjoy this sophisticated space, which brings a touch of luxury to the city.

Shang Palace, Shangri-La, Jeddah, Burj Assila, Al Kurnaysh Br Road, Ash Shati, Jeddah. Tel: (0)12 696 8888. shangri-la.redro

Visit Jeddah Yacht Club

Jeddah Yacht Club opened last week as a part of Jeddah Season, and it’s located on the beautiful Jeddah Waterfront. The zone includes high-ends shops, luxury yachts, restaurants, cages and family-friendly watersports.

Jeddah Yacht Club, Jeddah Waterfront, Jeddah, 4pm to 3pm, until Jun 9. jeddahseason.sa

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