8 exciting things to do in Jeddah this week: March 17 to 20

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Looking for something to do during the week or What’s On in the days ahead? From vibrant Ramadan celebrations to some of the best iftar and suhoor spots, we have you covered. Read on for all the best things to do in Jeddah this week.

Sunday March 17

A quiet day on the beach

Looking for a quiet escape during the day? Soak up the sun at Coco Beach Resort, where a private beach awaits a day of tan topping. Snag yourself a lounger, dip in the sea, and relax – perfect for those seeking a laid-back beach experience.

Coco Beach Resort, Ramadan Hours: noon to midnight, Prince Abdullah AlFaisal St, Al Lulu, Jeddah 23821. Book your spot here. SAR125 for adults and SAR60 for kids and helpers. @cocobeach.jed

Pop by Hayy Jameel for its Ramadan Nights

Look forward to a diverse programme of workshops, film screenings, eateries and shopping opportunities celebrating the essence of community, culture and wellbeing. For culture lovers, explore Hayy Markets for a spot of retail therapy and support Jeddah creative entrepreneurs, showcasing artisanal crafts and products inspired by local tradition and heritage. There will also be an array of local food and beverages, children’s activities, film screenings, games, performances, sound healing, poetry and storytelling sessions.

Ramadan Nights, until Apr 4, 10pm to 2am, Hayy Jameel, Jeddah. Free and open to the public, but registration may be required for some activities. @hayyjameel

Monday March 18

Enjoy the city’s beautiful sunset


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Cruise the beautiful waters and take in the incredible sunset aboard the Shorouk Sat vessel. Kick back and relax while your skipper effortlessly navigates around Obhur Bay. The real highlight comes as the sun dips below the horizon, bathing the city in a golden glow.

Sunset Tour, 4.30pm to 7pm, Red Sea Marina, Jeddah. SAR100 for adults and SAR50 for children eight years and below. Book your tour here.

Visit AlBalad for a dose of nostalgia

Immerse yourself in the vibrant Ramadan festivities at the historic district of Al-Balad. As part of the Saudi Ministry of Culture’s Ramadan Season, the celebrations feature folklore dance performances, camel rides for children, and bustling bazaars offering a variety of products. Don’t miss the skilled shoemakers, known as kharazon, showcasing their craft live, and the interesting traditional exhibits, from the miller displaying quilts, sofas, and cushions to a vendor presenting ancient cosmetic tools, such as kohl and derm.

Ramadan Nights, 8pm to 2am, Jeddah Al-Balad. @jeddahalbalad.sa

Tuesday March 19

Take part in an astronomy activity

There’s something undeniably magical about gazing up at the night sky, filled with countless stars and celestial wonders. This telescope experience will not only deepen your appreciation for the cosmos but also spark your curiosity and leave you in awe of the wonders that await overhead. Ready to explore the mysteries of the night sky? Come and experience fabulous night-time skies using telescopes guided by a professional astronomer.

Telescope Experience, until Apr 9, 7pm to 2am, Jeddah Al-Balad. @jeddahalbalad.sa

Ramadan iftar at The Palace

Celebrate Ramadan at The Ritz-Carlton, Jeddah’s Ramadan at The Palace ‘Bab Al Bahr’. Held at the hotel’s Grand Ballrooms, the Ramadan iftar features a grand buffet with live cooking stations offering traditional Arabic cuisine and international favourites, as well as an impressive mocktail bar.

The Ritz-Carlton, Jeddah, District Southern Corniche, Al Hamraa, Jeddah 21493. Iftar at Ramadan at The Palace ‘Bab Al Bahr’, sunset to 9pm, SAR450 per person (SAR385 for early bird price). Tel: 012 231 4444. @theritzcarltonjeddah

Wednesday March 20

An evening stroll along the Jeddah Promenade


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Take a stroll along the Jeddah Promenade and soak up the lively Ramadan vibes. Enjoy the stunning scenery and traditional foods, and shop for unique handmade goods. Look out for the various cultural events, live performances, and activities suitable for all ages, ensuring a truly unique and immersive experience.

Ramadaniyat Jeddah Promenade, 8pm to 3am, Ash Shati, Jeddah. Free entry. @jeddahpromenade

Starry Ramadan nights at Niyyali


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This Ramadan, Niyyali unveils its enchanting Iftar and Suhoor offerings. Influenced by the diverse, rich, and bold flavours of authentic Lebanese cuisine, the distinctive Iftar set menu will take diners on a gastronomic journey. For those who prefer a more personalised experience, the extensive à la carte Suhoor menu will offer guests a diverse range of culinary options that embody the true essence of Lebanese hospitality. As the night unfolds, guests can delight in the carefully crafted dishes perfectly paired with the celestial surroundings of the open-air terrace.

Niyyali, Shangri-La Jeddah. Iftar: 6pm to 8pm, SAR388 for adults and SAR233 for children between six and 12 years. Suhoor: 11.30pm to 4am, SAR288 for adults and SAR188 for children between six and 12 years. Tel: 8004408888. @niyyali.jeddah