Whether it’s wandering some of the world’s greatest museums, exploring cutting-edge galleries and traditional artisan houses, or watching the latest blockbuster at a film festival, we have our finger on the pulse of all the hottest cultural happenings.
Just a short drive from the Shangri-La is Jeddah's Historic District, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the only surviving urban ensemble of the Red Sea cultural world. This walkable neighbourhood, known as Al-Balad, is filled with ancient architecture and artifacts dating back to the 7th century.
While there, take a tour of the Abdul Raouf Khalil Museum, Nasseef House and the remnants of the Jeddah Wall or stop by the variety of souks to soak up the authentic culture.
Hayy Jameel is a dedicated arts complex and creative hub for Saudi Arabia. Hayy references an Arabic word for neighbourhood, denoting the convivial and collaborative nature of the complex and its intent on bringing together a wide range of creative disciplines in one destination.
Established in 2014 by Qaswra Hafez, the gallery's mission is to highlight the Saudi art scene and facilitate local talents. Over the years, Hafez Gallery has maintained a schedule of exhibitions and shows from a wide selection of established artists from across the Arab world, ranging from Syria to Egypt, Sudan to Lebanon along with international artists from outside the region.
Red Sea International Film Festival
Launched in 2019 and held in Jeddah every year, the festival mainly focuses on new storytelling trends in the art of film, as well as emerging talents from Saudi Arabia, the Arab world and the rest of the Global South. It screens not only new movies but classic favourites from the Middle East over ten days.
There are few better ways to immerse yourself in a destination than through sport. Spend the day working on your swing at the golf course, step into the feverish atmosphere of a stadium or head into the pit of an F1 circuit and feel the thrill of a crowd with Shangri-La.
Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
Steps away from the Shangri-La you'll find the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, home to the 'fastest street track' and second-longest track on the Formula One calendar.
King Abdullah Sports City
Nicknamed The Shining Jewel, this multi-use stadium and sports city is located 30 kilometers north of Jeddah. The main stadium is used for football and is the second biggest in Saudi Arabia.
Outside the main stadium, the city has three separate football fields and four small indoor arenas plus six tennis courts and a large indoor arena for other sports.
Royal Greens Golf & Country Club
This 18-hole championship golf course, playing to a 72 par and a maximum length of just over 7,000 yards, is located in King Abdullah Economic City north of Jeddah. It has hosted tournaments on the European Tour, Asian Tour, and the Ladies European Tour and the inaugural season of the LIV Golf Invitational Series.
If your holiday isn’t complete without a little retail therapy, Shangri-La has you covered. We’ve scoured Jeddah to find the best shopping experiences, from high-end boutiques to the high street, hidden gems at one-of-one shoppes, private ateliers and ancient markets.
Housing the flagship stores of some of the world’s most coveted luxury brands, Boulevard is home to 36 boutiques in a sleek and stylish environment that's inspired by light and nature.
Red Sea Mall
Located on King Abdulaziz Road, this shopping and entertainment destination is spread across 242,000 square meters and hosts everything from department stores and local shops to the local events and the only indoor karting in Saudi Arabia.
A must-do on your trip to the historic neighbourhood of Al-Balad is wandering through the streets and discovering the many souqs, or traditional markets. Here you'll find everything from antiques to the latest trends and souvenirs. Be sure to check out the popular Souq Nada and Souq Al-Khaskeya.