7 exciting things to do in Riyadh this week: December 19 to 22

A whole new week with plenty of things to do…

Here are seven exciting things to do in Riyadh this week. Check out our list below, where we have rounded up some of the unmissable music and art festivals, a new winter menu, things to do at Riyadh Season, and much more.

Sunday December 19

1. Pump it up for the last day of MDLBeast SoundStorm 2021

MDLBeast SoundStorm

The Middle East’s loudest and largest music festival beat continues across a brilliant array of music genres. Tonight’s impressive list includes Jason Derulo, Steve Aoki, Kevin Saunderson, Zedd, and Alesso and home-grown artists including Desertf!sh and a newcomer to the Saudi underground scene Solskin. The one-day Storm Chaser and VIB are still available for those who haven’t gotten tickets. Use the code ‘BEAST20’ to get 20 per cent off.

MDLBeast SoundStorm 21, BanBan, Riyadh. Dec 19, 3pm to 1am. @mdlbeast

Monday December 20

2. Enjoy the new winter menu at Urth Caffé


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An all-time favourite among tourists and locals alike, Urth Caffé is known for its delicious coffee and baked goods. Treat yourself to Urth’s new winter menu, featuring lotus cruffin and spice chocolate orange cake.

Urth Caffé, various locations including Panorama Mall, Sat to Thurs 9am to 11.30pm, Fri 1pm to 11.30pm & Diplomatic Quarter, Oud Square, daily 7am to 1am. Tel: 9200 07498. @urthcaffesaudi

3. Check out the newly opened Riyadh Season zone Al Athriyah

If you’re looking for exclusive fine dining experiences, the newly opened Al Athriyah zone offers French cuisine at Beaumarly, classic Italian at Dal Bolognese, and upscale Beijing cuisine at Philippe. After dinner, relax with the finest cigars available at the Sinatra lounge. You can also enjoy musical performances and browse shops that reflect the cultural heritage of Saudi Arabia.

Al Athriyah Zone, Riyadh Season, Until Jan 31, 2022, 6pm to midnight. Riyadh 13484, Coordinates: 3MW7+28. @riyadhseason

Tuesday December 21

4. Pop by Alo Yoga at Kingdom Centre

Shop celeb-approved yoga wear and accessories for yoga and working out at Alo Yoga. But what we really love about Alo is its multi-purpose pieces. They’re designed to fit right in with your wardrobe. So, you can really wear these to the yoga studio and then out and about afterwards.

Alo Yoga, Kingdom Centre, Ground Floor, Al Olaya, Riyadh 12214, Sat to Thurs 10am to 11pm & Fri 2pm to 11pm. @aloyogasaudiarabia

5. Immerse yourself in art at Diriyah Biennale

The most significant international exhibition of contemporary art in Saudi history, the biennale is housed in the Jax district of Diriyah. The three-month art exhibition presents works of over 60 Saudi and international artists and explores the theme of social transformation.

Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale, Jax District, Jax 01, 7120 Muhammad Ibn Rashid Al Uraini, Al Diriyah, Al Jadidah, 2598, Riyadh 13732. Until Mar 11, 2022. Reserve your ticket here.

Wednesday December 22

6. Watch indie movies at the new Wadi Cinema

Wadi Cinema

Why not take yourself straight to the heart of the Diriyah Biennale art action and take in a film at Wadi Cinema? The new pop-up experience showcases films by filmmakers across the Middle East and North Africa region to Saudi audiences to promote cinema in the Kingdom. You can also check out an exhibition or two at the art festival while you’re there.

Wadi Cinema, Diriyah Biennale, Jax District, 2598 Muhammad Ibn Rashid Al Uraini, Al Diriyah, Al Jadidah, 7120, Riyadh 13732. Until Mar 11, 2022. Biennale.org.sa

7. Gather your girls and head over to Koi restaurant


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Whether it’s ladies’ night or mums’ night out, you deserve a break. Koi restaurant’s ladies’ night offers a two-for-one sushi promo. And yes, there will be live entertainment all night long, too.

Koi Ladies’ Night, Crowne Plaza Riyadh Hotel & Convention, every Tue & Wed, 6pm to midnight. Tel: 055 670 7045. @koiriyadh

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