5 fun things to do in Riyadh this weekend: August 5 to 7

Happy weekend…

The weekend is almost here, which means it’s time for your weekly dose of fun things to do. Here are our top picks of the best things to do in Riyadh this weekend.

Thursday August 5

Head to an independent art gallery


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The Hewar Art Gallery, located at the poshest address in the city, is dedicated to showcasing work by local and regional artists. To visit, be sure to call the gallery before arrival. The gallery representative will meet you in the lobby of the Kingdom Tower and then usher you up to the 52nd floor. Aside from the beautiful artworks, you’ll be impressed by the expansive city views via a wall of windows that drench the gallery’s two rooms in a soft glow. There’s staff on hand to provide you with refreshments and offer tours of the gallery’s exhibits, too.

Hewar Art Gallery, Kingdom Tower, Offices Gate, Al Urubah Road, Al Olaya, Sat to Thurs 1pm to 10pm. Tel: 011 211 1300 / 055 800 0077. @hewarartgallery

Friday August 6

Book an escape room

Thrust yourself into a space where everything is about suspense, intellectual challenge, and the inescapable ticking of the clock. Start by picking your theme, and then team up to follow clues, solve puzzles, and complete your mission in under 60 minutes. For the best escape rooms in Riyadh, read all about it here.

Gala dinner with celebrity chef David Burke


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Join us for something a little bit special… Celebrity Chef David Burke will be cooking up a storm at the restaurant’s second location at The Zone. Learn a little, laugh a lot and tuck into a hearty five-course gala dinner – the menu includes his signature beef bacon clothesline, garlicky jumbo prawns with saffron risotto as one of the main course options, and a bottle of Saudi champagne.

Gala Dinner, David Burke, The Zone, Gate 2, 5 & 6 Aug 8pm to midnight. Sar395 per person. Tel: 011 210 2080. @davidburkeksa

Saturday August 7

Bag a bargain at Riyadh’s trusty second-hand marketplace


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Odds and ends are what people come looking for at the Haraj Market, and that is what makes it such an appealing place. While you can find just about anything here, the market is known to be a magnet for thrifty shoppers in search of second-hand clothes, electrical appliances, and furniture. So, take your time, have a good rummage, and do not be shy to haggle. Once you’ve loaded up with treasures, re-energise with a cold sugar cane juice or buttered sweet corn in a cup. Overall, it makes for a pretty wholesome weekend, even if you don’t have something specific in mind to buy.

New Haraj Market, 6829 Al Masani, Riyadh 14714, Sat to Thurs 9am to 11pm & Fri 9am to noon, 1 to 11pm. Tel: 050 431 3429.

Attend a book swap party

Are your shelves getting full with lots of wonderful books? Bring books you have already enjoyed and swap them for others. Come and enjoy a book swap event at the bright, stylish AlMashtal Creative Space premises. Mingle with other fellow bookworms, talk about what you liked or didn’t like, exchange ideas, explore new material, and the best part is, you get to go home with a new book. Books can be from any genre, shape, or size, as long as they’re in good condition.

AlMashtal Creative Space, Diplomatic Quarter, P St, Al Safarat, Riyadh 12523, Sat 7 Aug 6pm to 8pm. Sar57 per person. Register online. Tel: 055 444 7499. @almashtal.space

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