7 wonderful things to do in Jeddah this week: July 30 to August 2

There’s something for everyone…

Check out our pick of the best things to do in Jeddah this week, from dining out at new restaurants and having a staycation to fun family activities.

Here are seven wonderful things to do in Jeddah this week.

Sunday July 30

Get creative with your hands


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Even if your only knowledge of the pottery wheel comes from that iconic scene in “Ghost”, you’ll pick up the technique quickly at Saran Pots. Cover the basics of creating and painting ceramic forms in this wheel class that’s open to all levels. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to work with the instructor one-on-one if you need extra help.

Saran Pots Pop-Up, Red Sea Mall, First Floor, 4pm to 1am. The price starts from SAR80. @saranpots

Indomie fans, rejoice


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Ask any Saudi about their favourite brand of instant noodles, and the answer will most likely be “Indomie”. And now, there’s a new hidden gem in town that is serving up dishes featuring the Indonesian instant noodles. The menu at Sumiati is simple – it includes six different flavours, from yuzu chicken, beef Szechuan and teppanyaki shrimp to tom yum, cream with broccoli, corn and cheese, and of course, the original classic. So, if you’re looking for something with a side of nostalgia, Sumiati is the perfect place to order from. It might be worth a try.

Sumiati Indonesian Restaurant, Arid Ibn Mahshi, Al Zahra, Jeddah 23425, daily 1pm to midnight. @sumiati.sa

Monday July 31

Dine at ROKA

Fancy Japanese for dinner? ROKA Jeddah is now open, serving up a sizzling array of robatayaki dishes that are expertly cooked using the robata grill. We recommend the ROKA signatures like the miso black cod and iceberg salad, alongside Jeddah exclusives, including fried soft shell crab with chilli shisho sauce and chicken sando with gochujang sauce.

ROKA Jeddah, Cascade at Jeddah Walk, Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz St, Al Khalidiyyah, Jeddah 23421, Mon to Wed 6pm to midnight, Thurs 6pm to 12.30am, Fri 1pm to 12.30am & Sat 1pm to midnight. @rokarestaurant.ksa

Tuesday August 1

Explore the contemporary art scene


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If you want a crash course in what the local art scene is like, then this is a good place to start. ATHR Gallery has been a strong supporter of Saudi artists, from newcomers to established names. The biannual exhibition Young Saudi Artists is a great way to see new, experimental works. Check out the mix of art fairs and exhibitions, which have also been great at showcasing Arab females such as Hala Al Khalifa, Monira Al Qadiri and Aisha Al Sowaidi.

ATHR Gallery, 5th Floor, Office Tower Serafi Mega Mall Street, Jeddah 23441, Sun to Thurs 10am to 5pm. @athrart

Slide, glide, and make a splash to your heart’s content

Enjoy a splashing good time at Cyan Waterpark, the place to be for families with little ones in tow. There’s something for kids, grown-ups (yes, women included), and everyone else in between, thanks to the kiddie pool, exciting slides, tubing rides, and heaps of other attractions. For a relaxing and kid-friendly activity, enjoy the Lazy River or chill at the Splash Park.

Cyan Waterpark, Jeddah 23829, daily 4pm to 11pm. The price starts from SAR119. @cyanwaterpark

Wednesday August 2

Unleash your inner Picasso or Van Gogh


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At Arty Café, you can go with a full-blown two hours of painting for just SAR135. With all materials available, all you have to do is bring a whole lot of curiosity, imagination and creativity. Plus, with free coffee to keep you going, can you really say no?

Coffee & Canvas Workshop, every Mon, Wed & Fri, 5pm, Arty Café, Ahmad Al Attas, Al Zahra, Jeddah 61233. @arty.cafe

Rethink summer with Shangri-La Jeddah

Shangri-La Jeddah

Indulge in the lavish world of Shangri-La Jeddah and experience the ultimate escape from the ordinary. Take advantage of its exclusive offer by booking a minimum of two nights and enjoy a credit of SAR300 to treat yourself to delectable delights at the variety of restaurants catering to every palate – from its signature Chinese restaurant Shang Palace and all-day dining The Waterfront Kitchen to Niyyali Lebanese restaurant and COPA, offering speciality coffee and patisseries. Alternatively, use the credit to pamper yourself with a well-deserved spa day. Want to book the suites for your staycation? You’ll get to enjoy a 24-hour stay, which means you can check in at any time and check out at the same time the following day. This limited-time offer is valid until August 31 for both the stay date and the booking date.

Shangri-La Jeddah, Burj Assila, Al Kurnaysh Br Rd, Ash Shati, Jeddah 23611. Shangri-la.com

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