Top 10 places for children’s entertainment in Jeddah

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Updated 12 August 2013
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Top 10 places for children’s entertainment in Jeddah

Jeddah is not only the gateway for pilgrims, but also offers a wide array of summer entertainment places for children, teenagers and adults.
Arab News selected 10 places where children and their families can enjoy themselves.

1. Al-Shallal Theme Park
This is one of the best places for families to visit because it has a wonderful combination of adult and children’s entertainment activities. The park has various leisure areas with beautiful landscapes, a lake and restaurants.
The games for children and teenagers include the famous Amazon Wood roller coaster and the bowling hall. There is also an auditorium, theaters, education facilities and various activities and programs. It is quite popular and attracts visitors all year.
Expect to pay SR25 to SR50 to enter. Some rides are included in the entrance fee.

2. Atallah Happy Land Theme Park
This is the oldest, largest and most elegant theme park in Jeddah on over 45,000 square meters, with an outstanding seaview. The park plans to become the number one attraction in Jeddah with entertainment for the whole family.
It has a section of rides especially for children from ages three to seven and an outstanding action zone for adults. It has indoor and outdoor games.
It was founded in 1986, renewed in 2008 and reopened in 2010 with more rides including a water boat, roller coaster, merry-go-round, bouncing ride and giant wheel. Smoking is only allowed in certain demarcated areas.
It is open from 5 p.m. to midnight from Friday to Tuesday, and from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. Expect to pay SR25 to SR50 to enter.

3. Chuck-e-Cheese
This is another place where families can have food and fun away from the scorching summer heat. It’s located in front of the newly developed Jeddah Corniche, on 60,000 square meters It is contained in a beautiful two-story building with outstanding views of the Red Sea.
The location offers over 220 of the latest games for 400 players at any given time. This includes Diving Games and Rides, the huge Sky Tube, Toddler Zone and Studio C. The facility also has six huge indoor arcade attractions including the Bumper Car Raceway, Airplane Ride, Camel Race, bowling, ice-skating and the memorable Carousel Ride. The raceway and airplane rides are the most popular.
Expect to pay from SR30 to SR50. Game cards are available at the reception.
4. Funtimes
This family entertainment center at the Red Sea Mall has specially designed rides for small children, with varieties of small roller coasters, bumper cars, a merry-go-round and electronic games. There are also various food stalls available selling pizza, sandwiches and donuts.

5. Stationery Fantasies Water Park or Royal Maktabat
The water park on Sultan Street is only for children and has a variety of pools and slides.
The water park is attached to a plaza that offers shopping, a restaurant, arts and crafts, cooking, a sand box, dress-up area, large ball pit and more. Mothers can watch from an elevated position behind air-conditioned glass windows inside the plaza.
Parents can buy tickets from the counter and send them to the activity rooms. The children are supervised by staff. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase.

6. Sail Island
Sail Island is a fantastic place for children and adults to enjoy in the hot weather. It is located in front of the Red Sea Corniche. There are rides, sandy playground and water pool. Entrance tickets can be redeemed at the restaurant for meals. It has a café overlooking the sea. Expect to pay SR60 per adult and SR40 per child.

7. Moon Toon, Andalus Mall, Aziz Mall and Arabian Mall play lands and Adventure World at Falcon Mall
These are ideal places for children where they can enjoy different rides, physical activities, computer games, jumping castles, bumping cars, adventure cave rides, hide and seek, climbing walls and many others. There are also food courts and shopping areas for the family.
Expect to pay between SR50 to SR500, depending on how many rides are requested.

8. Intenso
This is the best place for teenagers to enjoy themselves is in Serafi Mega Mall. It has snooker tables, play stations and car racing.
There is also a wide range of challenging games, a bowling area and a leisure area to enjoy snacks and beverages.
Expect to pay SR50 to SR100 depending on the number of activities chosen.

9. Café Ceramique
Café Ceramique in Stars Avenue and is the ideal place for children of all ages especially those who love arts and crafts. Children can choose ceramic pieces and paint them in the colors of their choice. They then have to wait a week to have them glazed.
Parents can also have a go at becoming creative by picking up the paintbrush.
The café also has a full menu available. Expect to pay between SR30 and SR100 depending on the size of the ceramic piece chosen.

10. Fayfa Garden, zoo and gift center
Fayfa Gardens on Tahlia Street in Jeddah is a place where you can find lots of plants and flowers, a pet shop and a zoo.
The store’s back door leads to a pleasant area, which is home to a variety of animals including parrots, cats, puppies, rabbits, different types of fish, monkeys and snakes.
It also has different rides for children, a small cafeteria, decorative garden items and beautiful patio sets.

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Bulgari hotel: An Italian escape in Dubai

Luxury doesn’t shout its presence with bling or ostentatious features, instead it quietly whispers. (bulgarihotels.com)
Updated 19 April 2018
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Bulgari hotel: An Italian escape in Dubai

  • The “urban oasis” is currently the only hotel situated on the offshore Jumeira Bay island
  • Home to just 110 rooms, suites and villas, the sprawling low-rise property oozes Italian elegance with its minimalist aesthetic

DUBAI: Bulgari, the venerated Italian design house, has just five hotels around the world. And even in Dubai — a city crammed with luxury hotels — the Bulgari Resort manages to seem exclusive. The “urban oasis” is currently the only hotel situated on the offshore Jumeira Bay island, offering guests some respite from the city’s often-hectic atmosphere, even though it is literally minutes away from the pulsing heart of Dubai.

Home to just 110 rooms, suites and villas, the sprawling low-rise property oozes Italian elegance with its minimalist aesthetic. Master architects Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel — who are responsible for all the Bulgari hotels worldwide — have used a neutral color palette and custom motifs, such as coral-inspired lacquered steel parapets and mashrabiya-patterned accents, to give the hotel a sense of place.

Here, luxury doesn’t shout its presence with bling or ostentatious features, instead it quietly whispers, with fine materials — from Italian marble to sumptuous silks, impeccable attention to detail, and touches including the signature fragrance that wafts around you from the second you enter.

The hotel is responsible for a couple of firsts for the brand, including its ‘Little Gems’ kids club — where children are entertained with bespoke activities such as cooking classes and treasure hunts while their parents enjoy some downtime — and the global debut of the Bulgari Marina & Yacht Club, which has its own pool and recreation facilities, signature seafood restaurant, and 50-berth harbor.

All rooms and suites feature a walk-in closet, spacious balconies, smooth one-touch button controls, and bathrooms with standalone tubs boasting enviable views — making for some excellent Insta-fodder. The signature trunk-style mini-bar is as funky as it is functional, and the trendy basket beach bags are perfect for stashing your souvenirs — including designer knick-knacks from on-site concept store La Galleria.

The one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas offer private pools and butler service, but you don’t want to miss the resort’s circular central pool, where luxury cabanas with oversized daybeds and on-call service invite you to lounge the day away. Just adjacent is the crescent-shaped private beach, with the gentle waters of the Arabian Gulf offering perfect swimming conditions, even if the tip of the seahorse-shaped island mars the view slightly.

Whether you opt for a beach-and-pool day or a Dubai-sightseeing trip, your evening should definitely be devoted to the quintessentially Italian aperitivo experience at Il Bar, where an oval-shaped chrome counter provides a social centerpiece, and an outdoor terrace offers marina views. The seriously chic Il Ristorante (by lauded Italian chef Niko Romito) is just next door, and shares the terrace. Its tiramisu is one of the best in town, as is the freshly baked rustic bread.

Offering a more pared-back dining experience are La Spiaggia, a beachside restaurant and bar, and Il Café, the Bulgari take on a casual all-day dining destination which still features jaw-dropping design, and, in line with the whole ‘nothing is too much trouble’ service ethos, serves breakfast all day.

That ethos extends to the spa too, where therapists provide the ultimate in pampering using top-shelf products, including La Mer, in a soothing nature-inspired space. The use of rare precious materials, including grey Vicenza stone and green onyx, infuse the environment with a subtle opulence.

A 25-meter indoor swimming pool with its own cabanas, extensive facilities (including a shower offering a “Caribbean thunderstorm” experience), and private hammam, plus an exclusive Lee Mullins training program at the state-of-the-art gym complete the impressive recreation facilities at the resort.

If you’re looking for a classy, authentic ‘slice-of-Italy’ experience in the Middle East, then the Bulgari Resort Dubai is where you should check in.