8 top things to do in Jeddah this weekend: May 9 to May 11

Everything to do this weekend…

When you live in Jeddah, you’re never short on incredible things to do. Be it new activities or cafes to check out, there is always something to do around the corner. Here are the best things to do in Jeddah this weekend.

Thursday May 9

Try out Sign Burger


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Riyadh’s favourite burger joint Sign has opened up a branch in Jeddah. Pick from chicken and beef meals, fries and more.

Sign Jeddah, Near Royal Pavillion Traffic Light North, Prince Sultan Branch Rd, Al Mohammadiyyah, daily 11am to 4am. @signsa_

Have a flattened croissants at Essbar


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Everywhere we go, we see a new variation of the croissaint. And now in Jeddah you can tuck into flattened croissaints at Essbar. Pick from flavours like chocolate, pistachio, vanilla, and more.

Essbar, Safia Bint Abdulmutalib St, Al Mohammadiyyah, 8am to 1am. @essbar.sa

Last chance to enjoy this art exhibition 

Artist Paul Marlier collaborates with dancer Jeanne Morel to bring his digital and immersive artworks to Jeddah’s home for the arts. From the biometrics data of the dancer, captured during her movement in extreme environments and microgravity, the artist generates pieces in which each spectator is able to interpret his own lightness. Accompanying the exhibition is ATL4S, a performance and live demonstration by the artists, on Friday April 26 and Saturday April 27.

ETH3R: An Interactive Digital Art Exhibition, Apr 24 to May 11, Hayy Jameel, Salaat Hayy. @hayyjameel

Friday May 10

Dinner at Maritime

For dining, signature restaurant Maritime presents a sharing menu of French-Asian fusion flavours, masterminded by star chef Cédric Vongerichten for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Must-try menu highlights include shrimp dumplings accompanied by lemongrass beurre blanc and caviar, complemented by innovative non-alcoholic beverages such as the Saffron Spritz, featuring ginger honey and fresh saffron. Guests can dine in the main dining area, fronted by a show-kitchen, the duo of private dining rooms, or on the pretty terrace, which overlooks the Red Sea. 

Maritime, Jeddah EDITION, 7pm to 1am. @jeddahedition

Attend the first-ever Saudi Smash

Saudi Smash 2024

Strap in for the crème de la crème of table tennis extravaganza. Saudi Smash will take place from Wednesday May 1 to Saturday May 11, marking the first professional table tennis event to be held in the country. Catch the qualifying matches from Wednesday May 1 to Friday May 3 and immerse yourself in the festivities at the Saudi Smash Park. The venue will be abuzz with live entertainment, delectable food and beverage options, and interactive fun for all ages.

Saudi Smash 2024, May 1 to 11, Qualifying matches: May 1 to 3, 10.30am, Sports Hall King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah. Book your tickets here.

Adventure awaits at Al Shallal Theme Park


Al Shallal Theme Park, located on Jeddah Corniche, makes for a fun family evening. Whether you’re looking for adrenaline-boosting rollercoasters, kid-friendly rides or shopping and dining experiences, you’ll find it all here. There’s even an ice-skating rink for guests to enjoy every single day, a lake for riding boats around, 5D cinema, bowling and arcade games to unleash your inner gamer.

Al Shallal Theme Park, Ash Shati, Jeddah 23413, Sun to Thurs 5pm to 1am, Fri & Sat 5pm to 2am. Free entry but you are required to purchase the wristband for SAR79 for the rides and attractions. @shallalpark

Saturday May 11

Check out Crustacean

Founded by Chef Helene An, the brand’s is actually one of the richest ones we’ve seen in a while. After escaping war and moving to America, Chef Helene’s, mother-in-law Diane An, bought a 24-seat deli on a whim, whihc would later become their family business and safe haven.

Crustacean, Yacht Club, Al Kurnaysh Br Rd, Ash Shati, daily 6pm to Mon to Sat 6pm to midnight, Sun Closed. @crustacean_sa

Enjoy an indoor forest experience

Situated at Jeddah Park Mall, this indoor forest represents an extraordinary, tangible experience of walking through a verdant and lavish rainforest. Here, you can see a wide range of birds and amphibians. Without a doubt, the most cheerful experience is listening to these birds chirping and watching them fly from one branch to another, all through the pavilion. It’s also a great experience for visitors to have a comprehensive idea of what flora and fauna of the tropical rainforest would look like.

Tropical Land, Cenomi Jeddah Park, Aziziyah, Jeddah 233334, Sat to Thurs 10am to 11pm & Fri 3pm to 11pm. Book your tickets here. SAR70 per child & SAR80 per adult. @tropical.land.sa