7 brilliant things to do in Riyadh this weekend: November 11 to 13

The weekend is almost here…

Yes, and just like that, it’s Wednesday, which means the weekend is nearly upon us. If you’re wondering what to do, don’t worry as we have plenty of suggestions of things you can do.

From live screening of the World Cup season and fun games for the whole family to cool coffee shops and restaurants, here’s our pick of seven brilliant things to do in Riyadh this weekend.

Thursday November 11

1. Watch the World Cup match of Saudi Arabia vs Australia

The 10:10 Lounge at Marriott Riyadh DQ is where you need to be if you’re gripped with all the excitement of the World Cup season. Grab a seat and cheer for your favourite team as the Saudi Arabia vs Australia match will be broadcast on a giant TV screen at 12.05pm. Also, the menu has some great choices so you can enjoy a sumptuous lunch by the pool.

10:10 Lounge, Marriott Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter, 6781 Abdullah Alsahmi St, Al Safarat, Riyadh 12511, Nov 11, 12.05pm. Reserve via WhatsApp on 059 159 1728. @marriottriyadhdq

2. Enjoy discounted prices at Combat Field

Fans of war and combat games, this one’s for you. 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. What’s more, they have reduced the prices for the entry ticket from SAR110 to SAR30 on weekends and from SAR55 to a mere SAR10 on weekdays.

Combat Field, Janadriyah Cultural and Heritage Festival Venue, Ar Rimal, Riyadh 13638, until April 1, 2022, 5pm onwards. Entry ticket: SAR10 for weekdays & SAR30 for weekends. Only 12 years and above are allowed. @riyadhseason

3. Book a spot at O By Michel Fadel to enjoy dinner and a show


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O By Michel Fadel offers exciting live shows to complement your dining experience. Tables are positioned for the best possible view, where you will be served a set menu of fine dining dishes.

O By Michel Fadel, Riyadh Season’s Boulevard Riyadh City, Fountain Zone, Al Amir Turki Bin Abdulaziz Al Awal Steet, Riyadh, 9pm. SAR650 per person. Reserve via ‘The Chefz’ app.

Friday November 12

4. Make a stop at % Arabica for coffee

Finally, the famous Japanese coffee chain, % Arabica, is now open at The Zone. The shop is designed with a simple white undertone, with clean lines and minimalistic décor. The coffee itself is a ritual, produced with the sort of care that means you’ll never be served a bad cup.

% Arabica, The Zone, Al Mohammadiyyah, Riyadh 12362, daily 4pm to 2am. @arabica.saudiarabia

5. Unleash your inner child at the Riyadh Toy Festival


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The second edition of the Riyadh Toy Festival kick offs on Nov 12, offering a fun destination for families. Themed “Discover, Play, Shop”, the festival includes the launch of international games for all ages amidst interactive activities and the participation of the most popular game brands. There’s also a retail area for visitors to shop and take advantage of the great offers and discounts. Disney, Mattel Games, Hasbro, Toy Pro, Moonbug, the children’s entertainment firm, MGA Games, and pocket.watch are among the notable companies present at the event.

Riyadh Games Festival (Riyadh Season 2021), Riyadh Front, Nov 12 to 21. @riyadhtoyfest

Saturday November 13

6. Check out the DQ Farmers Market


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Everyone’s favourite farmers market at the Diplomatic Quarter (DQ) 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. Non-DQ residents are required to register to enter the gate and access the event.

DQ Market, Diplomatic Quarter, between roundabout 4 and 5, every Sat 9am to 7pm. @saudidq

7. Pop by Fred Perry experiential pop-up

Fred Perry Riyadh

Fred Perry launches a creative hub pop-up that houses events and serves as a co-working space. In addition, the temporary space showcases the history of Fred Perry, providing an insight into the man himself, the brand, the iconic Fred Perry shirt and their relationship with subcultures past and present. And if you’re interested in purchasing any of the apparel, the Fred Perry shop is just next door.

Fred Perry Pop-Up Exhibition, 8338 Olaya St, Al Olaya, Riyadh 12213, weekends 2.30pm to 11.30pm & weekdays 1pm to 10pm. Available until March 2022. @fredperry.me

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