UPLIFT U Festival Weekender Schedule and Details

24 April, 2024

Embark on a journey of joy and discovery at UPLIFT U, our three-day festival from April 25 to April 27, as we complete the first-ever Wellbeing Week at KAUST.   

Get ready for an unforgettable experience filled with sports, laughter, mind-bending quizzes, fun carnival games and challenges, electrifying live music, entertainment and an epic life-sized game of Monopoly.    

Join us for a celebration that promises to uplift your spirits and create lasting memories.    

What’s happening at Discovery Square  

Please see the event schedule poster below for all event timings.  

Life-sized Monopoly 

Get ready for fun and excitement with Life-sized Monopoly during the upcoming UPLIFT U festival weekend! Gather your team of up to three people for a chance to be crowned the KAUST Monopoly Champions and win airline tickets. 

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Carnival Games 

We have recreated carnival games such as Basketball Hoops, Beat the Bar, Hunt the Duck, Kick Speed, Break the Teeth, Ring-on Bottle, Mini-Golf and more. There will also be a life-sized Snake and Ladder game for the kids.   


We have a fantastic lineup of live music and dance performances from the Movement Club, Latin Soul Band, Ministry of DJs, FLOOiD, Blue in Red Jazz Trio, and past KAUST Got Talent winners.   

Strangers, a popular Indie rock band from Jeddah, will perform on Friday and Loulwa, a spectacular Saudi Jazz Singer, will perform on Saturday.    


On Friday and Saturday from 4:00 p.m., the Marketplace will offer a range of goods and services, from handmade crafts to locally sourced produce. There will be something for everybody, so please stop by and grab a bargain.   


Win amazing prizes and packages from Wellbeing Event partners, including a trip to Mauritius for two people! Winners will be announced on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and will be contacted by email if not at the venue on the day. Registration can be made on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the times mentioned in the schedule below.  

Please note that the raffle entry is limited to ages 18+ and only one entry per person. 

Workshops at the Community Hub  

Thrive within a half-day workshop to help you live a happier and more resilient life, brought to you by our wellbeing coaches. Wellbeing Week partners Lush and Six Senses Southern Dunes Resort will be hosting workshops on making Bees Wax Wrap, handmade soaps and face masks at the Community Hub. 

Event Schedule  


What’s happening at other locations 

Pilates and meditation sessions at the IRC 

Don't miss the final Pilates and meditation sessions, which are offered for free as part of Wellbeing Week.   

Cold Plunge Challenge at the IRC 

The benefits of cold-water immersion (CWI) have long been studied and shown to effectively decrease inflammatory markers, reduce body fat, and increase mental resilience. This challenge requires participants to immerse their bodies in cold water (between 11 and 13 degrees Celsius) for 1 to 5 minutes. 

Volleyball Tournament at South Beach 

Join us for an exciting event where teams of 4 players will compete in the fast-paced and dynamic sport of beach volleyball. Each game will last for 15 minutes. Prizes will be announced at the closing ceremony, which will take place in Discovery Square. 

Watersports at the Harbor 

Let's embark on a pedalo, paddleboard, or kayak adventure at Harbor Urban Beach with our loved ones this Friday. 

Rabigh Beach Cleaning 

As a token of gratitude for allowing the KAUST community access to the beautiful shoreline at Rabigh, let's come together to give back and ensure its pristine condition.    

Classic Sports Extravaganza at HSC 

Join us for a day of fun and fitness for the whole family at the classic Sports Extravaganza as part of Wellbeing Week 2024. Let's revive vintage workouts and promote simplicity while embracing timeless exercises for health and well-being.    

Snorkeling Sessions at IRC 

Whether you are an experienced snorkeler or a first-timer, our highly qualified snorkeling instructors will guide you every step of the way. 

Together, let's embark on a journey towards a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling life. For any questions, please contact us at community.events@kaust.edu.sa.

This activity is related to the UN Sustainable Development Goal 3, which focuses on promoting Good Health and Well-being.