If you’re wondering how to fill your days between now and 18 July, a visit to Jeddah might be the answer. The city is holding a 40-day festival, ‘Jeddah Season: Sea and Culture’, which promises over a month of entertainment with a line-up of performances, events and so many activities that you won’t know where to start. Taking place in five locations across the historic and modern districts of the city, the summer festival covers all the bases - plays, street performers, art exhibitions, comedy shows and pop-up restaurants (fan of internationally renowned eateries like Nobu or Scalini? Savour their unique flavours in Jeddah this summer).
A major attraction is a series of concerts, bringing the top names in the Arab music business to the Saudi city. Lebanese singer Wael Jassar, Emirati singer Ahlam and Egyptian singer Mohamed Hamaki are all billed to perform. And joining them on the programme, set to take the stage tomorrow night, is Lebanese songstress, Arab pop sensation and former BAZAAR cover star Nancy Ajram.
One of the world’s best-selling Middle Eastern artists and one of Spotify's most-streamed female Arab artists last year, expect chart-topping hits like Ah W Noss, Inta Eyh and Ya Banat, and an evening to remember that marks the Arab Idol judge’s first performance in KSA. She follows in the footsteps of Lebanese diva Elissa, who performed in Jeddah a couple of months ago.
And don’t worry if you haven’t planned for the trip months in advance - ticket-holders will be granted an e-tourism visa in just three minutes. That’s got to be a new record…