10 things to look forward to in Saudi Arabia this July

Hello there, new month…

We’ve passed the mid-year mark. How insane is that? 2023 is flying by, but we’re determined to ensure you spend every moment well. If you’re thinking of filling your time with memorable programmes (aside from dining in the coolest new restaurants and cafes), we’ve got your back. Check out all the exhilarating things to look forward to in Saudi Arabia this July.

From July 6: Gamers8 returns to Riyadh this summer


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Gear up for eight weeks of thrilling events, tournaments, and next-level experiences at Gamers8: The Land of Heroes. Watch the world’s elite esports champions and gamers battle it out for $45 million in prizes. Running alongside all esports tournaments will be a wide selection of activities for attendees to enjoy when not watching the competition. The popular Aramco racing simulator returns, and there’s even the chance to experience life-sized Pac-Man and hunt down some ghosts. Last year’s fan-favourite Japamura zone also returns, where you can participate in various immersive workshops or step into the Dojo and learn the basics of Samurai etiquette and sword fighting. And that’s not all. Organised by the Saudi Esports Federation, Gamers8 concerts will also be held every Friday night at Mohammed Abdu Arena at Boulevard Riyadh City for the festival’s eight-week duration. Local favourite and regional hero Rabeh Sager, DJ Alan Walker and DJ Vinyl Mode have already been unveiled as the opening concert night headliners on Friday July 7.

Gamers8, July 6 to Aug 27, Boulevard Riyadh City, Riyadh. An all-access pass starts from SAR114. Gamers8.gg

July 9 to 13: A cool summer camp in Jeddah that your kids will love

School’s out for summer. Now what? If you’re wondering how to keep your tots entertained, look no further than the Young Explorers Club at Hayy Jameel for ages seven to 11. In this five-day programme, they will learn how to experience the world through different lenses and discover new ways of creating art through observation, play, critical linking, and team work.

The Young Explorers Club Summer Camp, Hayy Jameel, July 9 to 13, 11am to 4pm. For seven- to 11-year-olds. Register here. SAR1,000 (daily lunch included). @hayyjameel

July 11 & 12: Save plenty of riyals from the Amazon Prime Day sale

Amazon Prime sale

Amazon’s annual Prime Day event is set to return for its third edition on Amazon.sa with hundreds of thousands of deals available exclusively for Prime members. Starting at 00:01am on July 11 at www.amazon.sa/primeday for 48 hours of epic deals, Prime Day will offer Prime members in Saudi Arabia great savings during the summer season across over 30 product categories, including electronics, gaming, fashion, beauty, kitchen, home, health, sports, and Amazon Devices. Happy shopping.

July 11 to 14: It’s a family affair at the Mommy & Me Expo in Riyadh

Whether you are a first-time mum or have little ones growing up fast, there are plenty of options to find some great value essentials at the upcoming Mommy & Me Expo, which will take place at the Al Faisaliah Hotel. You might be searching for newborn or toddler clothes, toys, educational materials, strollers, furniture, or are just interested to see what is new and trending this year. The fair also features workshops and engaging activities for families and children.

Mommy & Me Expo 2023, July 11 to 14, 4pm to 11pm, Al Faisaliah Hotel, Riyadh. Mommyme.events

July 14: Participate in Nikon Middle East’s free content creation workshop

Nikon Middle East

Calling all budding content creators looking to enhance their food and lifestyle photography skills. Take your best shot and capture the best of the city as Radisson Hotel Group teams up with Nikon Middle East for a free content creation workshop at Radisson Hotel Riyadh Airport. Participants will gain expert insights and learn to take stunning shots of the hotel’s signature dishes and drinks. Nikon School’s seasoned instructors and advanced equipment will help participants improve their photography skills and create visually captivating content. The best part is participants can stand a chance to win a sleek new Nikon Z30 and an all-inclusive staycation at the luxurious Radisson Blu Hotel, Riyadh Convention & Exhibition Center. Registration for the content creation boot camp is free, but seats are limited. So, register now for the chance to be amongst the 30 content creators selected for the workshop.

Nikon Middle East Workshop 2, July 14, noon to 7pm, Radisson Hotel Riyadh Airport. Interested participants can sign up here.

July 14: Macklemore to ignite Gamers8 season


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Gamers8: The Land of Heroes, the world’s biggest gaming and esports festival, has unveiled an electrifying line-up of global music stars to kickstart this summer’s concert season. Four-time Grammy-winning rapper Macklemore, known for hits such as ‘Can’t Hold Us’ and ‘Thrift Shop’, will take to the stage on July 14 with his high-energy performance, ensuring the crowd is captivated from start to finish. With his unique blend of rap, pop, and hip-hop, Macklemore has won the hearts of millions worldwide and is set to make his debut in Saudi Arabia. Another big-name artist in the Gamers8 second-week line-up includes Egyptian singer Mohamed Hamaki.

Gamers8 Week 2 Concert, July 14, 6pm, Mohammed Abdu Arena, Boulevard Riyadh City, Riyadh. Tickets for the Gamers8 concerts are out now, priced from SAR159, and you can purchase them via the Gamers8 website.

Until July 15: Experience an enchanting getaway with Rosewood Jeddah

Rosewood Jeddah

Whether you’re after chill and chic or fabulous and fun, Rosewood Jeddah is made for a relaxing staycation. The hotel boasts luxurious rooms, offering breathtaking views of the Red Sea and the city skyline, while its suites feature private balconies for added privacy and relaxation. For the ultimate pampering session, make your way to the hotel’s exquisite spa and enjoy a range of treatments to rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul. The fully equipped fitness centre with state-of-the-art amenities is readily available for those looking to maintain their fitness routine. If you plan on booking a fabulous staycation to treat yourself, look no further. From now to July 15, you can enjoy up to 25 per cent off the best available rate, complimentary daily breakfast for two at Habsburg, and a range of other benefits. Guests can also enjoy a 20 per cent discount on the hotel’s theme nights or buffet meals for two, allowing them to embark on a culinary journey like no other.

Rosewood Jeddah, Corniche Road, PO Box 11097, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 21453. Tel: +966 12 260 7111. Book the offer here. @rosewoodjeddah

Throughout July: A retreat from the heat awaits in the oasis of AlUla this summer

A hidden gem that promises relaxation, wellness and adventure experiences among the epic landscapes, AlUla is just a short flight away but offers tranquillity that feels a million miles away. AlUla also boasts low humidity and temperatures that are between five to ten degrees Celsius cooler than other cities in the Gulf region, making it an ideal summer escape. Visitors can take advantage of less crowds and enticing offers and indulge in a luxurious stay at one of the desert resorts, complete with curated cultural experiences, holistic wellness treatments, walkable scenic oases, and thrilling adventure activities. From luxurious eco-hotels and whimsical glamping experiences, special offers on summer stays are available at Banyan Tree AlUla, Habitas AlUla, Cloud7 Residence and Shaden Resort. Plus, with easy access to the heritage sites that are open all year round, Hegra, Dadan, Jabal Ikmah and AlUla Old Town, visitors can learn stories about the people who have called AlUla home. A new addition to AlUla this summer is Daimumah, a beautiful garden-landscaped area comprising fertile farmland, shade-giving palms and boutique eateries for visitors to relax and experience natural beauty in the heart of the oasis.


July 20: K-pop boy band Ateez to hold a concert in Jeddah

The eight-member boyband will perform their solo show at the Jeddah Superdome on Thursday July 20. Fans of ATEEZ can expect an energetic and passionate performance from the group, who have previously made two visits to Saudi Arabia. Moreover, those who purchase the Golden Circle (VIP) ticket, priced at SAR999, are entitled to an exclusive soundcheck party before the concert.

Ateez World Tour The Fellowship: Break the Wall, July 20, 6pm to 11.30pm, Jeddah Superdome. The ticket price starts from SAR199 and is available on Ticketmx.com

July 28: Imagine Dragons returns to the capital


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Adding to Gamers8’s star-studded line-up is the sensational rock band Imagine Dragons, who are set to perform on Friday July 28. Renowned for their anthemic tracks and electrifying live performances, Imagine Dragons will bring their signature energy and infectious melodies to the stage. Fans can expect an adrenaline-pumping performance filled with hits such as ‘Radioactive’, ‘Demons’, and ‘Believer’.

Gamers8 Week 4 Concert, July 28, 6pm, Mohammed Abdu Arena, Boulevard Riyadh City, Riyadh. Tickets for the Gamers8 concerts are out now, priced from SAR159, and you can purchase them via the Gamers8 website.

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