12 awesome things to do in Riyadh over the long National Day weekend

Are you ready for a three-day weekend?

Saudi Arabia celebrates its 91st National Day, and there is plenty to do this three-day weekend. We’ve compiled the very best ways to spend your well-deserved time off. Here are 12 awesome things to do in Riyadh from tomorrow (September 23) to September 25.

Thursday September 23

1. Enjoy the largest air show in the history of the Kingdom

In celebration of the 91st Saudi National Day, the Saudi Hawks team and fighter planes, alongside Saudia Airlines, flynas and flyadeal, will take to the skies and perform the largest air show in the Kingdom. Helicopters, carrying the National flags, will display one-hour long air shows from 4pm near the North Industrial Building in Riyadh.

Saudi Falcons Air Show, Um Ajlan Park, Coordinates: RHWH+RV Al Qirawan, Riyadh 13535, 4pm to 5.15pm. @enjoy_saudi

2. National Day celebrations at the Grassy Park in DQ


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There will be a folklore show, carnival games and a horse show. To top it all off, you get to enjoy traditional Saudi food in the outdoors.

Grassy Park, Diplomatic Quarter, Al Safarat, Riyadh 12511, Coordinates: MJCG+X64, 4pm to 11pm. @saudidq

3. Watch the fireworks

Showcase your Saudi pride this 91st National Day at Al Nahda Park while witnessing a special firework show at 9pm. Or head down to Diriyah to see the fireworks there.

Fireworks, Two locations: Al Nahda Park, Jarir, Riyadh 12834 & Diriyah, 3582-3554 Imam Abdullah Ibn Saud Rd, At Tarif Al Jadid, Ad Diriyah 13712, 9pm to 9.07pm. @enjoy_saudi

4. Check out the Royal Guard Parade

The Saudi Royal Guard Command brings you several shows and performances, from marches by the musical band, cavalry shows and processions. There will also be a display of old cars that were used during the periods of various kings of Saudi Arabia.

Royal Guard Parade, Building 26, King Saud University, Riyadh 12371, Coordinates: PJHP+MR, 8.30pm to 9.30pm. @enjoy_saudi

5. Celebrate Saudi’s 91st at David Burke Restaurant

For one night only, David Burke Restaurant is having a live band and DJ. While you’re there, why not order the set dinner menu as well? We recommend reserving your spot.

David Burke Restaurant, Riyadh Front, Gate 3, 8.30pm onwards. SAR75 per person, including one drink, but no charge with set dinner. Tel: 050 044 0202. @davidburkeksa

6. Join in on an outdoor candlelight yoga


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An evening of relaxation awaits. Join Pure Yoga for a deep stretch, yin style yoga flow. Surrounded by candlelight, allow your body and mind to find release in this calming space. Limited spots available.

Pure Yoga, Pure Centre, Takhassusi Branch Rd, Riyadh 12364, 8pm. SAR175 per person.  @pureyogasa

Friday September 24

7. Try the festive brunch at Elements


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Four Seasons Riyadh is hosting a festive brunch at Elements featuring the Kingdom’s culinary classics. So, indulge in your favourite flavours and celebrate Saudi National Day with a brunch tailored to reflect the heritage and fine dining. There’s also live entertainment, including a traditional oud player and a special kid’s corner for the little ones.

Elements, Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh, Olaya Street, Kingdom Centre, Riyadh 11321, 12.30pm to 4pm. SAR379.50 per person. Tel: 011 211 5500. @fsriyadh

8. Enjoy the view from the Edge of the World


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Enjoy a trip to the marvellous lookout point of the Edge of the World and be mesmerised by the sunset view. Activities in this group tour include ziplining, target shooting, a visit to the bird farm and bat cave, and a mouth-watering spread of traditional dinner. To sign up, call 055 379 3333.

Edge of the World, Meeting point: Saad Square, King Khalid Rd, Hittin Riyadh 13518, 3pm to midnight. SAR191 per person. Tel: 055 379 3333. @track_the_march

9. More National Day activities at Voyage Equestrian Club


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The Voyage Equestrian Club invites you to celebrate together the cultural aspects of Saudi Arabia, with its exciting event featuring a range of visually appealing and immersive experiences. It offers a bunch of activities to experience authentic Saudi customs, including Oud session and a fine art exhibition, whilst enjoying local dates served with delicious Arabic coffee.

Voyage Equestrian Club, Aljenadryah Street, Ash Sharq, Riyadh. SAR349 per person; children below 15 years are not allowed. Book your tickets here. Tel: 053 414 4444. @voyage_ksa

10. Save big when you catch a movie at Vox Cinemas

Vox Cinemas MAX Auditorium

With so many great new movie releases out every week, here’s a great deal from Vox Cinemas. When you purchase a standard ticket, you’ll get regular popcorn, a soft drink, and your choice of a Magic Planet card worth 15 games credit or a bowling game at Yalla! Bowling. Plus, all these for just SAR91. The offer is available until September 25.

Book your tickets now on the Vox Cinemas website or mobile app. @voxcinemasksa

Saturday September 25

11. Paragliding adventure, anyone?

It’s time to take to the skies. For those looking for paragliding in Riyadh, get in touch with Sky Adventures. Experience the sensation of flight, offering a bird’s-eye view of the red sand, green farms, and surrounding landscape. Whether you’re new to the sport of paragliding or looking to take your skills to the next level, this excursion is sure to get your blood pumping.

For bookings, call 056 722 1299. SAR191 per person; discount offer is available until September 30. @skyadventures.sa

12. Treat yourself to dinner and a live show at Buttermilk

Wrap up the long weekend with dinner at Buttermilk. Alongside a classic menu of South American-inspired bites, Buttermilk also provides a live performance celebrating Saudi National Day. It’s the last night, so be sure to catch it.

Buttermilk, 2154 Abdulwahid Ibn Ahmad, An Nakheel, Riyadh 12385. The live show is from 8pm to midnight. Tel: 055 627 9170. @buttermilk.sa

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