10 things to look forward to in Saudi Arabia this July 2024

Everything to see and do…

From immersive pop-ups to iconic festivals and other celebratory events, there are activities aplenty this July. Read on for more on July’s best activities in Saudi Arabia.

July 3 to 8: Look at life through the lens

There’s so much more to Riyadh art than just paintings or sculptures. Lose yourself in all kinds of new worlds at this photography exhibition hosted by the Future Creative Residence (FCR) in Riyadh’s JAX District. Free to the public, the exhibition, titled “Visual Voyages”, showcases the works of six talented Saudi photographers, celebrating the rich tapestry of Saudi fashion and culture through photography. Perfect for those who love art and fashion.

Visual Voyages Photography Exhibition, July 3 to 8, Future Creative Residence, JAX District, Diriyah 13732. Register here. @fcrjax

Throughout July: It’s Jeddah Season, once again

The much-anticipated Jeddah Season makes its grand return under the slogan “Once Again”. This year’s festival, which will run until September, will showcase a variety of entertainment, tourism, and cultural activities. Look forward to numerous events being held in several designated areas, including the City Walk, which offers a diverse mix of interactive experiences, motor and skill games, Arabic plays, concerts, restaurants, cafes, and retail stores, as well as a new family-friendly attraction, Warner Bros. Discovery: Celebrate Every Story.

Jeddah Season 2024, June 27 to Sept, various zones. Tickets are available on the WeBook platform. @jed.calendar

From July 3: The global gaming community unites in Riyadh

Saudi Arabia is gearing up to host its debut Esports World Cup (EWC) in Riyadh with a prize pool of over $60 million. Known as an elite multi-genre esports competition, it is expected to see over 1500 players with 30 esports clubs across 21 gaming titles. As well as watching the action, visitors to the tournament will be able to take part in a range of activities that combine sports, entertainment, education, culture and creativity.

Esports World Cup 2024, July 3 to Aug 25, 6pm to 2am, 3246 Souwaid Ibn Harithah, Hittin, 6872, Riyadh 13516. The All Access Pass starts at SAR76 and can be purchased on the WeBook platform. @ewc_en

July 11: Attend a dreamy Candlelight Concert

Candlelight concerts have mesmerised more than three million people worldwide. So why not check one out in Riyadh? Relax to the soothing sounds of Hans Zimmer’s Best Works in a unique and enchanting setting as The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh’s ballroom is lit up by hundreds of candles.

Candlelight: Hans Zimmer’s Best Works, July 11, 7pm & 9pm, The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh. Tickets are priced at SAR375 for Zone A, SAR325 for Zone B & SAR275 for Zone C, and they can be purchased here. @candlelight.concerts

July 11, 18 & 25: A fun-filled cooking masterclass for kids

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This summer, Fairmont Ramla Serviced Residences is organising kid’s cooking classes at its all-day dining restaurant, Jones the Grocer. Let your kids explore, create, learn, and make a mess while having fun. They’ll be baking cookies on July 11, making French toast on July 18, flipping pancakes on July 25, and making good ol’ spaghetti and meatballs on August 1.

Little Chef’s Kitchen, July 11, 18 and 25 & Aug 1, 5pm to 6pm, Jones the Grocer Ramla Terraza, 7713 King Fahd Rd, As Sahafah, Riyadh 13321. SAR180 per child. To register, email [email protected] Suitable for ages five and above. @fairmontramla

Throughout July: Summer in AlUla

stargazing AlUla

Experience summer like never before with a visit to AlUla. With a range of exciting activities on offer, visitors can make the most of their summer holidays at one of the Arabian Peninsula’s most appealing new vacation spots that’s just a short flight away from many GCC cities. Activities include stargazing, art workshops, nature tours, hot air balloon flights, and abseiling, among others.

Visit: Experiencealula.com

July 11 & 12: An evening of timeless melodies with Le Trio Joubran


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Hailing from a family with a rich lineage of oud makers and musicians spanning four generations, three brothers – Samir, Wissam and Adnan – form Le Trio Joubran. They have transformed their passion for oud and music to a talent that speaks directly to the heart, leading them to compose commissions for renowned international films and documentaries. For an evening filled with the unforgettable and timeless charm of authentic oud melodies, catch Le Trio Joubran live at Ithra Theatre.

Le Trio Joubran, July 11 & 12, 8.30pm to 10pm, Ithra Theatre, 8386 Ring Rd, gharb Al Dhahran, Dhahran 34461. Tickets start from SAR200 and can be purchased here. @ithra

July 12: The best Arab fighters collide


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Let’s get ready to rumble. The Professional Fighters League (PFL) Regular Season MENA is back in Riyadh with lightweights and heavyweights taken to the cage. This event features the best Arab fighters, with seven Middle East Champions competing for a shot at the PFL MENA belt. The stacked card will also see the return of Hattan Al Saif, who became an instant sensation following her impressive KO, and Saudi MMA legend Mostafa Nada. Snag your tickets before they sell out.

Professional Fighters League in Riyadh, July 12, 5.30pm, The Green Halls, Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Bin Abdulaziz Rd, Ar Rafiah, Riyadh 12752. Tickets can be purchased here. SAR50 for Bronze, SAR80 for Silver, SAR200 for Floor Gold, and SAR400 for Floor Platinum & Front Row. @pflmena

July (TBC): Prime Day 2024 returns

Brace yourselves. One of the biggest shopping events of the year, Prime Day, is making a return this July on Amazon.sa across Saudi Arabia. The exact dates have yet to be revealed, but there are plans for it to be even bigger and better this time around, packed with plenty of savings. We’ll share more details as soon as we get closer to the event.

Until July 28: Art lovers can experience Monet as never before

Monet parasol

Step inside ‘Imagine Monet’, a new immersive exhibition in Jeddah. The temporary show, which is part of the Jeddah Season 2024 festival, will be the largest immersive experience of its kind in the country. The full-scale projections on the walls and floors will place visitors directly into Monet’s artwork, creating the experience of walking among the brushstrokes of pieces like Water Lilies. And thanks to state-of-the-art technology, ‘Imagine Monet’ fills the space and viewers are completely immersed in a universe of images, with total freedom to wander and explore their surroundings.

Imagine Monet: The Immersive Exhibition, June 28 to July 28, Jeddah Corniche, Sun to Wed 5pm to midnight, Thurs to Sat 4pm to 12.30am. The tickets are priced at SAR45 for adults and SAR25 for kids, and they can be purchased here. @jed.calendar