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Recreation and Marine Services

Recreation and Marine Services at KAUST offers a wide range of recreation and leisure facilities to community members.

Sports and Fitness

KAUST community members enjoy a vast array of sports and fitness activities and facilities. In addition to providing amenities such as two pools, exercise rooms, squash and tennis courts, as well as an outdoor football field and track, the Harbor Sport Center acts as a vibrant community meeting ground offering various social activities and group fitness programming. Popular events include weekly social tennis, trivia quiz nights and summer camp for kids.


The Annual KAUST 5k Fun Run, as well as the Annual Cycle Race and the Ramadan Futsal tournament also represent entertaining and active ways for community members to combine physical fitness and social interaction. 

The Harbor Sports Center features unique facilities such as an indoor rock climbing wall, a 16-lane bowling hall, billiards, kids' swimming pool and playground, ladies' swimming pool, as well as snack bar restaurant with patio seating along the residential canal.

Lifeguards on duty monitor all swimming pools, and professionally trained instructors staff fitness rooms.

Parks and Playgrounds

Residents have the chance to enjoy a number of parks and playgrounds available throughout the community. The beautifully landscaped grounds are ideal for leisurely walks, jogging, outdoor games and family outings. Children's playground facilities are widely available and equipped with safety concerns in mind.

Numerous football and cricket fields available within the parks attract self-directed teams who meet regularly to enjoy friendly matches. Cycling enthusiasts also benefit from cycling paths in Safaa Island Park and the Safaa Gardens neighborhood.

Seaside Marina


The seaside marina gives the opportunity to KAUST community members to take part in a variety of scheduled activity-driven boat trips such as snorkeling, cruising, diving and traditional fishing (bait and equipment included). Scuba diving trips are also available for licensed divers. The Red Sea offers pristine reefs ideal for such marine activities. 

A full range of PADI scuba diving courses are available, from Open Water all the way up to Dive Master, including First Aid and CPR. RYA powerboat courses (level 2) are also offered.

Sunset cruises, which include food and beverage, allow for beautiful views of the illuminated KAUST campus and Beacon. Community members also have the option of booking a private boat trip for durations of one to eight hours.

Marine Services staff are available to schedule trips, assist with necessary paperwork and answer questions about the different types of trips. A local expert is available as a guide on fishing trips to teach participants traditional fishing techniques. 

The marina, located on the picturesque KAUST harbor, is also home to Al-Marsa restaurant. The relaxed atmosphere, combined with fine dining ambiance, makes it a popular destination. In addition, Al-Marsa is an ideal venue for a variety of catered events. 

Watersports

KAUST provides a multitude of watersport activities from dinghy sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, to stand up paddle boarding and paddle boats. Residents can rent such watersports equipment from the specially enclosed KAUST beach accessible for community members.

KAUST beach is a designated Red Sea swimming area that provides residents and their families with a safe and monitored …

Safaa Golf Club and Academy


Located in the Safaa Gardens district, the Safaa Golf Club and Academy is one of top golfing experiences in the Kingdom. The beautifully maintained 9 hole par 36 course measures a full a full 3,575 yards. The course is fully flood lit course is available to the KAUST community on a membership or per-play basis.

The Academy, staffed by PGA Qualified Professionals, is and ideal learning environment for golfers of all ages and abilities. They provide structured programs which are delivered through both group and individual lessons.

A professional shop is available on the premises, as well the 10th Hole Restaurant with its spectacular views of the golf course and choices of light snacks and dinner.

The club is equipped with an all-grass driving range, two large short game areas, a large putting green and the latest video analysis technology.