Bellucci Circus

bg_sub_pages-copy1The circus is in town and we LOVED our evening spent “under the big top”.  This was not a big 3 ring circus and there are no elephants, lions, or trick dogs.  The Bellucci Italian Circus is a one ring  acrobatic circus.  There were a variety of acts ranging from acrobatics, clowns, tight rope walkers, “motorcycles of death”, and  acts with fire and music.

We arrived at 530pm and purchased our tickets from the ticket booth.  Tickets vary in price depending on where you want to sit.  I would say there are very few bad seats because it is set up like a theatre in the round.  Ticket prices begin at 75Sar each. There are some mid-range tickets for 125-175Sar, and you can also go all the way up to the VIP seats at 800Sar per person.  We opted for a mid-range ticket and I though our seats were great.  After purchasing the tickets we entered the first tent where snacks like popcorn and ice-cream were available along with drinks.  These extras were very reasonably priced (10Sar large popcorn), unlike the circuses in America I have been to where you pay almost $10 (30sar) for a popcorn.  We then proceeded to the tunnel that led to the Big Top, our arm bands were fastened on and we were escorted to our seats.

“Motorcycles of Death”

The show begins with some jump roping gymnastics,  acrobatics and a welcome by the ringmaster and clown.  The initial welcome was in English, but then an Arabic speaking ringmaster took over and the remainder of the announcements were in Arabic.  I did not find the lack of English to be a problem. It was a circus and we were there to watch the acts, not listen to the commentary.  If you attend the shows  during Eid they informed me there will be additional and “special” new acts, plus they will be raffling off the cars in front of the Big Top.  The Big Top was cooled  professionally (almost a bit chilly, you may want a sweater) and quite comfortable for us.

There was an intermission during the show where people were free to use their prayer room or restrooms.  Many times at events like this I am terrified to see what state the bathroom is in, but I was pleasantly surprised that it was clean, but with no toilet paper.  I am also happy to report that they have at least 3 buildings available with ladies’ bathrooms to help reduce the long lines that we always endure.

There are two shows available on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays:  545pm-8pm and then 845pm to 11pm.  Sunday to Wednesday they only offer the 545pm show (this includes the week of Eid).  If you are aa teacher, great organizer or looking for a creative birthday party idea, they offer special promotional rates for schools and large groups of 80+ people including food. I am waiting for an email for exact fee info.

Tight rope walker
Tight rope walker

I really felt this was a great family activity.  It was probably the best family night we have had since moving to Jeddah.  There was something for everyone, including those who came without children.  Every child had a smile on their face and even the adults had a few laughs and gasps!  I felt it was worth the money.  My daughter loved the “motorcycles of death” performance and the shadow puppet show.  I preferred the athleticism of the acrobatic acts performing many tricks I had never seen before.  My husband was awed by the tight rope walkers and their bravery with no safety harnesses or a net!  We all found ourselves laughing out loud many times.

Map of where circus is located, can also be found on their web page.
Map of where circus is located, can also be found on their web page.

Fees:  Tickets begin at 75Sar and go up to VIP at 800Sar
Times:  Sunday-Wednesday 545pm show ONLY on Thursday to Saturday 545pm show and 845pm show.
Location:  On Amir Sultan Street between Kayyal Street and Sari Road (map on the web page)
Website: (Not kept updated)
Dates:  Playing until the end of October.


Emergency Information

(Updated August 31, 2017)

One of the hardest and scariest things about being an expat is facing and emergency situation. Below you will find useful contact information should you find yourself in trouble.  We hope you find this page helpful.

General Emergency Number                      911

Ambulance (Medical Emergencies)           997

Fire/Rescue                                                         998

Police (crimes/robbery)                                 999

Traffic Police/ Traffic Accidents                  993

Highway Patrol (highway emergencies)   996

Civil Defense                                                          4792828

NAJM (Accidents without injury)                    920000560

Coast Guards (Navy relief)                            994

Natural Disasters (Inquiry/reporting)      966

General Investigation Dept. (Terrorism/ Beach of National Security)   990

Administrative Investigation Department (Bribes/Corruption)   980

Drug Enforcement (drug distribution/addiction)   995

Human Rights (Human Rights Abuses)   012102223

Al’Haia’ah (Virtue Commission)  Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice   920000980

Water (Water Services)                                  8004411110

Electricity (Electricity Services)                  933

Telephone Information Directory               905

Al Jawal (STC Cellphone Service)                902

Landline (STC Telephone Service)               907

STC DSL Service                                                   906

Go (GO Internet Service)                                 920017175

Mobily (Mobily cellphone service)               0560101100

Zain (Zain cellphone service)                          0590000959

Saudi Post                                                              920005700

Saudi Customs                                                      4013334

General Directorate of Passports (Issuing/Regulation of Traveling)  992

Trade Control                                                       8001241616

Food and Drug Authority (Expired food/drugs)    012759222

Municipality (Road repar/ littering/sanitation)   940

Wildlife Preservation (illegal hunting/reservation violation)  014414333

Information provided by:  Saudi TODAY, Jeddah Edition

Quran and Arabic Centers

maxresdefault-3(Updated:  Sept 18, 2017)

This page is designed for parents looking for Arabic and/or Holy Quran classes for their children in Jeddah.

Be sure to click the text in green for access to external pages. If you have additional places to add to our directory, please let us know at If you would like to share your experience with these or other organizations, please leave a comment below.

6 years to adult in their center or in your home.
Location: Next to Dawar Al Falak in the intersection between Sari and Al Siteen
Phone:  054 845 8229

Arabic and Quran:
4-10 years old depending on the class.
These classes are usually offered twice a week as well.

Phone:  054-691-6812
Times:  9am-1pm AND 4pm-7pm
Directions:  On Tahlia take a right at Saab bank.  Go to the T in the road (2 blocks) and turn left.  Enchanted Garden is the 2nd villa on your right. Look for the green and white gates with children playing.  They also have a guard shack outside that says Enchanted.

Quran Lessons:
Ages:  3-12 yrs (boys and girls)
Day:  Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Times: 3-6yrs old from 4-5pm/ 7-12 yrs old from 630-8pm
Fees:  3 times a week 900Sar/Month
(Classes will be in Arabic only)

Arabic Lessons/Tutoring:
Ages:  3-12 yrs
Day: Daily Sunday-Thursday
Times:  To be determined upon registration ( 1 or 2 hour long sessions)
Fees:  1000Sar/month for single teacher or 2000Sar/month for 2nd teacher
(Single teacher needs might be Arabic/Quran tutoring but no other subjects.  Second teacher tutoring would be if your child also needs help with any homework in English)
Location:  Al Naeem District
Phone:  0126224344 / 0126224345 / 0126624346 / 0533657700

Arabic and Quran:
Ages: Boys are allowed 7 yrs old
Days: Sunday to Wednesday
Times: 830-12pm and 5-8pm.
Location:  Naseem District beside Masjid Al Yahya
Phone:054 575 9916

Two year Islamic Diploma course for BOYS
Location: Rehab
Phone:  0560025440

This center occasionally offers Arabic classes for kids.
Location:  Thalia (next door to Chamelle Plaza)
Phone: 966 2 663 7191

Jameah Saud (King Saud Mosque) Madinah Road has a Tahfizul Quran section for boys.  Their classes during the year have two batches: Asr to Maghreb and Maghreb to Isha. Mostly hifz and memorization but they do have occasionally some teachers to teach the basics. You will need to inquire beforehand. Transportation available too.
Location:  Al Sharafiyah

Ages: 6 years and older
Groups, friends, and siblings have special DISCOUNT!
Phone:   056 698 9966
Location:  Al Hamara

Madrasa Hafsa

Ages:  2/3 yrs (depending on program) and older
Programs: Hifz-ul-Qur’an Session
Times:  830-12 or 430-730pm
Location:  Rehab
Phone: 0561234976 ,0561828277,  0126747552

Quran Lessons:
Fee: 500 SR/month for members. 600 SR/month for non-members. Classes are held twice a week.

Arabic Lessons:
Fee: 400 SR/month for members. 500 SR/month for non-members. Classes are held once a week.
Phone: 055 056 5110, 012 263 1709