9 cool things to do in Riyadh this weekend: October 28 to 30

What’s on this weekend…

Find some of the coolest things to do in Riyadh this weekend. Check out our picks, from a staycation, eating out, and seeing live performances to family activities and fun events.

Thursday October 28

1. Book a family staycation at Shaza Riyadh

Shaza Riyadh

Shaza Riyadh is welcoming the festive season with its “Festive Forever” offer. Enjoy 40 per cent off on suites when booked directly from the website and 20 per cent off room rates. The promotion will also offer a further 20 per cent off on all food and beverage options and spa appointments, while children below 12 will get to dine for free. What’s more, Shaza Discovery members will enjoy an additional 10 per cent discount.

Shaza Riyadh, Eastern Ring Branch Rd, Al Jazirah, Riyadh 14251. The “Festive Forever” offer is valid until the end of December 2021. Tel: 011 834 9000. @shazariyadh

2. Head down to the Winter Wonderland


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The open area opposite KAFD has once again transformed into a magical Winter Wonderland for this year’s Riyadh Season – an immersive holiday experience for the whole family. This event features the Dream Land Carnival, the Snow Forest with an ice-skating rink right in the heart of the desert, Disney on Ice, the Magic Box area, Horror Adventures, and a circus with acrobatic music shows. In addition, there are 51 adult games that include the Haunted House, Sky Loop, and several international games held for the first time in the Kingdom.

Winter Wonderland, Riyadh 13311, Until March 2022, 4pm to 1am. Entry ticket: SAR55 for weekdays & SAR110 for weekends. @riyadhseason

Friday October 29

3. Indulge in a lavish lunch at Billionaire

Savour a delicious lunch at this hotspot and get a taste of luxury dining with a twist. Packed with fabulous fare bursting with flavour, the menu features contemporary Italian and new-Asian dishes. So, bring along friends and family and toast to a fine experience.

Billionaire Riyadh, Dabab St, Sulaimaniya, Riyadh 12243, Every Fri & Sat from 1pm. Tel: 9200 11916. @billionaireriyadh

4. Sip coffee at this spooky coffee shop


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You don’t need to go to a haunted house to get spooked this Halloween. With frightfully delicious drinks and eerie decor, you can sip your way into the spooky season at Statue Café. You can enjoy fancy lattes, baked goods, and spine-tingling brews in a haunting atmosphere.

Statue Café, An Nada, Riyadh 13317, Fri 5pm to 2am & Sat to Thurs 7am to 1am. @statue_cafe

5. Sample plant-based cuisine at Folia


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Thanks to Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh, celebrity chef Matthew Kenney brings his high-end plant-based cuisine to Al Murabaa’s fine dining area as part of the Riyadh Season. Featuring refreshing options for health-driven individuals, Folia proves healthy eating can be delicious. The menus will include completely vegan appetisers, entrees, and desserts.

Folia, Al Murabaa Square, National Museum Park, 2582 Ad Dalam, Al Murabba, Riyadh, until Dec 8, daily 6pm to 2am. For bookings, visit FourSeasons.com

6. Experience the sounds of Egyptian Orchestra

The Mohamed Abdu Arena at Boulevard Riyadh City will host a concert for the Egyptian Orchestra. The troupe will perform the masterpieces of Egypt’s vast musical heritage in an intimate, breath-taking setting. Fans will enjoy the intricate rhythms and soaring melodies at this three-hour long concert.

Egyptian Orchestra, Mohamed Abdu Arena, Boulevard Riyadh City, Oct 29 & 30, 9pm. Prices start from SAR20. @riyadhseason

Saturday October 30

7. DQ Market fun for the whole family


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Everyone’s favourite farmers market at the Diplomatic Quarter is back. Shop for your favourite organic items, including fresh fruits and vegetables, while enjoying prepared foods, baked treats and more. This Saturday-only market not only boasts a plethora of locally grown produce and handicrafts but is picturesque, too – sit and enjoy the surroundings next to Oud Square.

DQ Market, Diplomatic Quarter, between roundabout 4 and 5, every Sat 9am to 9pm. @saudidq

8. Go on a journey through history at Riyadh Season’s Combat Field

Fans of war and combat games, this will be your favourite zone at this year’s Riyadh Season. Combat Field offers games including paintball, battlefields, laser tag, and escape rooms. You can also learn more about guns and weapons used to win battles at Baroud, a gallery of old firearms.

Combat Field, Janadriyah Cultural and Heritage Festival Venue, Ar Rimal, Riyadh 13638, until March 16, 2022, 5pm onwards. Entry ticket: SAR55 for weekdays & SAR110 for weekends. Only 12 years and above are allowed. @riyadhseason

9. Enjoy live music and dinner at David Burke Restaurant

Have a fantastic night of great music and mouth-watering dishes at David Burke Restaurant. You will be served a prefix three-course dinner menu while enjoying Brazilian and upbeat jazz music.

David Burke Restaurant, The Zone Square, Gate 2, Takhassusi St, Al Muhammadiyah, Riyadh 12364. SAR295 per person. Tel: 011 210 2080. @davidburkeksa

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