Recreation Facilities

To support COVID-19 mitigation efforts,


All recreation facilities, gyms, pools, weight rooms etc. will be closed - beginning at midnight  March 15th until March 29th. We are currently reviewing how individual facilities might be made available for individual bookings. We are also exploring the possibility of providing virtual exercise classes.


The Golf Course will continue to be open. We are making some changes to the schedule of use to allow greater access to non-golfing activities including:

Walking and Jogging:

  • Monday, Thursday, Saturday – 6:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.
  • Sunday, Wednesday and Friday – 5:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.

Golfing activities are available at all other times and we ask users to ensure a 1 person per golf cart rule.


Courts will continue to be available. Players need to observe social distancing recommendations and hand hygiene advice.

South Beach

South Beach will be closed starting  March 16th until March 30th.


To support COVID-19 mitigation efforts, starting 4:00 P.M. on March 13th, Discovery Cinema will be closed for 14 days, and re-opening will be reassessed at that time.

We are providing IPTV services to make your time at home more comfortable. Learn more:

KAUST community members enjoy a wide range of sports, fitness and leisure activities, including golf, watersports, boat trips, fitness classes, sports coaching, cinema and much more. In addition, there are a range of community clubs which community members may join.

The Harbor Sports Club, Island Recreation Center, Racquet Club, and Safaa Golf Club offer access to swimming pools, gyms, sports arenas, squash and tennis courts, a rock-climbing wall, indoor children’s soft play areas, bowling alley, outdoor football fields and sports tracks, mini-golf, driving range and a 9-hole golf course. There is also a community Cinema and Theater, a community Library, a marina and many parks and playgrounds around the community.

There is a comprehensive fitness class and sports club schedule offering activities such as volleyball, badminton, tennis, group cycling, body pump, yoga, Zumba… and much more. Many boat trips are organized from the KAUST marina, including snorkeling, diving, fishing and leisure. Watersports can be enjoyed at South Beach and the Watersports Center.

Kids holiday camps are run during most school holidays.

  • Safaa Golf Club

    Safaa Golf Club lies in a striking oasis of lush green grass, filled with bunkers, water hazards and sloping dunes. Safaa Golf Club boasts a championship style 9-hole golf course, golf academy, a retail shop and restaurant.

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  • Discovery Cinema & Theater

    Discovery Cinema brings you a great mix of movies each month. Discovery Theater is used to offer community events and can also be hired for private functions. 

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  • Harbor Sports Club

    At the heart of the community, beside the canal and not far from Discovery Square, the Harbor Sports Club offers a wide range of sports and leisure activities including swimming (three pools), two fitness gyms, cycling studio, fitness programs and classes, bowling, table tennis, squash, tennis… and much more.
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    Island Recreation Club

    Located on the beautiful Red Sea shore, this facility has two picturesque pools, sport and fitness spaces, a large play area for children, an arena, café and more.

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    Racquet Club

    Located in the Gardens neighborhood, the Racquet Club offers facilities for racquet sports, gymnastics, soft play for young children, an exquisite restaurant, and more.

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    Harbor Library

    Located behind Discovery Square, the Harbor Library is a place of learning that can enrich your knowledge with information from our physical library or our virtual e-resources library.

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    Bowling Center

    16 bowling lanes, 16 arcade games and plenty of seating – every night can be bowling night! This is a great place to unwind and have fun with your family and friends.

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    Parks and Playgrounds

    Enjoy more than 80 lush green parks and playgrounds located around KAUST. Come with your family and enjoy fun outdoor experience while walking, climbing or playing with your kids.

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    Climbing Wall

    Rock climbing is an activity in which participants move across natural rock formations or artificial rock walls. Located in the IRC, the wall offers a great indoor climbing experience for children and adults.

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    The Island Recreation Club Playland area will give your kids hours of fun. Let them dive into the ball pool, crawl, bounce and scramble while making new friends in a fun yet safe environment.

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