Jeddah’s Newest Offering – Islamic Arts Biennale 2023


Jeddah’s contribution in the upliftment and development of Islam is unparalleled. And hence it is certainly apt that this illustrious city is hosting the first-of-its-kind exhibition, Islamic Arts Biennale 2023. The Islamic Arts Biennale is an undertaking of Diriyah Biennale Foundation (DBF) whose plan is to stage this exhibition once every 2 years. The DBF has previously staged a Contemporary Art Biennale, the Kingdom’s first ever Biennale, that received resounding applause and appreciation. 

Here is a complete guide of Islamic Arts Biennale 2023 for you to plan and be a part of a new history that is being created. Additionally, book your flights and hotels at the best prices simply by clicking below: 

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Islamic Arts Biennale 2023

When is the Islamic Arts Biennale 2023 taking place?

The Islamic Arts Biennale 2023 will begin on January 23, 2023 and go on till April 23, 2023. 

The timings of the exhibition are 11 AM to 11 PM. 

Islamic Arts Biennale 2023

Where is the Islamic Arts Biennale 2023 taking place?

Western Hajj Terminal, King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Islamic Arts Biennale 2023

What is the entry fee for Islamic Arts Biennale 2023? 

The entry to the exhibition is FREE and open to all. 

What will be on display at Islamic Arts Biennale 2023?

The Islamic Arts Biennale by Diriyah Biennale Foundation (DBF) aims to nurture and appreciate the glorious history and future of Islamic culture through art. Over 58 artists from all over the world will be presenting more than 69 contemporary artworks over a sprawling exhibition space of 12,000 sq. km. A few artists that will be displaying their art are Saudi artists Ahmed Mater and Sultan Bin Fahd, Egyptian artist Huda Lutfi and Iranian-born Shahpour Pouyan.The visitors will be treated with over 15 never before seen artworks too. 

Artworks will be loaned from prestigious and international institutes specializing in Islamic arts. The theme of this year, Awwal Bayt (first house) takes inspiration from Ka’bah and the Prophet’s Mosque of Madinah. 

The art pieces will be curated by many renowned curators and scholars including Saad Alrashid, Omniya Adel Barr, and Julian Raby. The artworks will be displayed in 2 sections viz., indoor and outdoor. The indoor setup will be dedicated to qiblah whereas the outdoor setup will be dedicated to the migration/ hijrah.

All the exhibits will have audio guides in 4 languages namely, English, Arabic, Bahasa, and Urdu and visitor guides in 15+ languages. Guided tours can be booked with 6 tour guides for free at the site. 


5 things to do in Jeddah


If you have been granted a golden opportunity of being in the historic city of Jeddah, you might as well make the most of it! The city is not just a gateway to Mecca/ Medina but a juxtaposition of many cultures, people and history.


Jeddah Corniche

The Jeddah Corniche is a beautiful waterfront promenade located on the Red Sea in the city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It stretches for over 20 kilometers and is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. You can enjoy Jeddah Corniche by strolling along the boardwalk, taking a boat ride on the Red Sea, visiting the Jeddah Fishing Village, or just relaxing on one of the many benches and enjoying the stunning views. Additionally, there are several parks and playgrounds along the Corniche, making it a great place to bring the kids for a day of fun.

jeddah corniche


Al Balad District

Al Balad district is a historic area located in the heart of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It is known for its narrow, winding streets and traditional architecture, which gives it a charming and authentic atmosphere. There are many things to do in Al Balad district, including 

  • Exploring the Al Balad Museum, which showcases the city’s rich cultural and historical heritage. 
  • You can also visit the Al-Balad Commercial District, which is filled with local shops and markets selling traditional handicrafts and souvenirs. 

Other popular activities in Al Balad district include trying local cuisine at one of the many traditional restaurants.

Al Ballad District

King Fahd’s Fountain

King Fahd’s Fountain, also known as the Jeddah Fountain, is a popular tourist attraction located in the city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It is known for being the tallest fountain in the world, with water jets reaching heights of up to 312 meters. Visitors can watch the fountain’s impressive water displays from various viewpoints around the city, including the Corniche promenade and the Jeddah Waterfront. For those interested in history and culture, the Jeddah National Museum is a must-see destination. The museum features a collection of artifacts and exhibits that tell the story of the city’s history and culture. 


Fakieh Aquarium 

Fakieh Aquarium is home to a variety of marine life, including dolphins, seals, sharks, and more. Visitors can enjoy interactive activities such as feeding the dolphins, swimming with the seals, and diving with the sharks. The aquarium also has a large coral reef exhibit and a touch tank where visitors can get up close and personal with sea creatures. In addition to these activities, the aquarium also has a 4D theater and a virtual reality experience.


Tayebat Museum

Located in the heart of the city, the museum offers a unique opportunity to learn about the rich history and heritage of Jeddah and the surrounding region. Visitors can learn about the evolution of the city from its early origins to the modern-day metropolis it is today. One of the most notable artifacts on display is a traditional Bedouin tent, complete with intricate patterns and decorations. There are also several ancient weapons on display, including swords and spears, as well as traditional clothing and jewelry. Additionally, the museum features a section dedicated to the history of the region’s pearl industry, with a collection of rare pearls on display. Other important artifacts include ancient pottery and ceramics, as well as a collection of Islamic calligraphy and manuscripts.Tayebat Musuem


So, fly away to see the first ever Islamic Arts Biennale and the Red Sea Bride, Jeddah. Check out our special offer to save on flights and hotels!



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