8 cracking things to do in Riyadh this weekend: September 2 to 4

Yes, can you believe it? It’s already September…

Finding ways to keep you entertained during the weekend? Here’s our pick of eight cracking things to do in Riyadh this weekend.

Thursday September 2

Kick-off the weekend with a luxurious staycation at Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh

Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh

Choose this staycation option for a luxurious experience that you’ll never forget. The newly redesigned rooms and suites offer a prime location in the heart of the city and feature posh amenities, luxury linens, and state-of-the-art technology. Be it a family getaway, couple time or simply me-time, guests are invited to unwind, rejuvenate, and cherish special moments with loved ones while Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Centre takes care of everything else.

Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh, Olaya Street, Kingdom Centre, Riyadh 11321, Saudi Arabia. Tel: 011 211 5888. @fsriyadh

See Riyadh from up and above


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Suspended 300 meters above the city, the Kingdom Tower’s curved Sky Bridge offers spectacular views across the Riyadh skyline and beyond. The entrance to the Sky Bridge and the ticket desk are tucked away between Mont Blanc and Carolina Herrera stores. You’ll then be whizzed in an elevator to the 77th floor – home to the King Abdullah Mosque, the highest mosque in the world – before transferring to a second lift serving the Sky Bridge on the 99th floor. So, get your iPhone ready for that perfect Instagram-worthy photo opportunity.

Sky Bridge, Kingdom Tower, Al Olaya, Riyadh 12214, Sat to Thurs noon to 11pm & Fri 4pm to 11pm. SAR69 for adults, SAR23 for children under 10 years. Tel: 011 211 2222.

Friday September 3

Treat yourself to a mouth-watering Arabic breakfast


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The newly-opened Mirzam has become one of our favourite options for an Arabic breakfast in Riyadh. The decor is simple but stunning, and the food is unpretentious but scrumptious. Order the chicken mugalgal and Mandi foul when you’re there.

Mirzam, An Nakheel, Takamul Plaza, Riyadh 12383, Fri 6am to 11.30am & 12.30pm to 5pm, Sat 6am to 5pm, Sun to Thurs 6am to 3pm. Tel: 053 418 7431. @mirzam_sa

Go hiking in the Diplomatic Quarter


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Love being out in nature? Take part in the DQ Hiking Day at Al-Yamamah Park. There will be fun games, dinner and live music. Plus, you’ll have the chance to get to know a group of like-minded individuals who love the great outdoors, too.

DQ Hiking Day, Al-Yamamah Park, Diplomatic Quarter, Fri Sept 3, 5pm to 10pm. Sar172.50 per person. Tel: 055 450 8867. Register here. @riyadh.hiking

Groove to the tunes of DJ Tasnneem from the comfort of your home

We can think of no better way to spend a Friday night in, than with our favourite tracks from India-based act, DJ Tasnneem. So, turn up the music as she will be live streaming on the official Power Horse social media handles. For the uninitiated, season 2 of Stream Sessions by Power Horse – a digital space to see and hear house and techno music – will host weekly episodes, from now to October 15, showcasing the cultural roots, artistic journey, and DJ sets of artists from India and the Middle East.

Stream Sessions by Power Horse, Fri Sept 3, 9pm. Available on Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tok, and YouTube.

Saturday September 4

Catch up with friends over coffee at Novo


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This modern espresso bar is the perfect place to get your coffee fix while chatting with a friend. Novo also offers quick bites like cookies and tarts and has plenty of seating space upstairs. If you’re looking for more options, check out our list of cosy coffee spots in Riyadh.

Novo, Al Aqiq, Riyadh 13515, daily 4pm to midnight. Tel: 054 298 9690. @novo.ksa

Experience the excitement of Riyadh’s outdoor obstacle course

Let your children navigate their way through an adventure course with elevations of about 15 feet above the ground. There are also over 30 elements to conquer, including ziplining. Test their balance as they work through the course, which Mum and Dad can easily monitor.

Riyadh Adventure, Qasim Park, 2848 Az Zubair Ibn Al Awam, Ar Rawabi, Riyadh 14215 7261, daily 5.30pm to 12.30am. SAR46 per hour or SAR60 for two hours per person. Open to kids aged eight and above. @riyadhadventure

Get revved up at an indoor go-kart track


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Buckle up for a white-knuckled race to the finish line against your family and friends. Doos Karting boasts a full-service, 350-metre state-of-the-art indoor racetrack with multi-level spiral ramps. When you need to take a break from the excitement, enjoy a meal trackside. It serves delicious choices of snacks and drinks that’ll refuel you and the family for the next adventure. Only children aged eight years and above are allowed.

Doos Karting, 8521 Prince Mohammed Ibn Salman Ibn Abdulaziz Rd, Hittin, Riyadh 13513, Ramadan hours: daily 8.30pm to 2.30am. Prices vary from SAR129 to SAR195. Tel: 9200 08311. @dooskarting

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