8 fantastic things to do in Riyadh this weekend: Dec 30 to Jan 1

Enjoy the last weekend of the year…

Looking for some activities to fill your weekend? We’ve got you covered. Riyadh’s social calendar is packed with things to do, from safari adventures to New Year celebrations. Here are eight fantastic things to do in Riyadh this weekend.

Have a Happy New Year from all of us at What’s On

Thursday December 30

1. Book your Safari Park adventure

Step into Riyadh Season’s Safari Park for a day full of adventures. While you’re roaming around to see the wild animals, be sure to look out for the white lions, one of the rarest species and the most recent to be brought to the region. Other activities vary from interactive guided tours to family-friendly games and entertaining performances.

Riyadh Safari Park, Khubayb Al Reem, Until Jan 16, from 10am onwards. SAR55 for park entry. Book your tickets here. @riyadhseason

2. Have a cuppa at Out Of Line

Out Of Line

Spotting a cool, chic aesthetic with a simple, monochromatic interior is Out Of Line, the latest coffee shop to grace Al Muhammadiyah district. You’ll find a menu of espresso classics and by-the-cup varieties. Hungry? Out Of Line also serves fantastic fresh pastries and other snacks, just in case all that caffeine isn’t fuel enough.

Out of Line, Takhassusi, Al Muhammadiyah, Thurs to Sat noon to 2am, Sun to Wed 4pm to midnight. @outofline.sa

3. See The King’s Man on the big screen

The King's Man

Grab a friend and drop into theatres to see “The King’s Man”. The prequel to the “Kingsman” series presents the origins of the very first independent British intelligence agency, founded by Orlando Oxford, also known as The Duke of Oxford (portrayed by Ralph Fiennes). As a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions, one man must race against time to stop them.

Book your tickets here.

Friday December 31

4. Rejuvenate yourself and get ready for the New Year


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Over-indulgence and rushing around during the holidays leave our bodies tired and stressed. So, why not luxuriate in the spa treatments at Tips and Toes to get back on track and start the New Year in style? The extensive spa menu includes all customer favourites including full-service hair and nail care, full body massages, facials, eyelash extensions, hair removal and so much more.

Tips and Toes, Al Malqa, Building 222, Amlak Wathiq, Riyadh 13522, daily 11am to 9pm. Tel: 053 342 2291. @tipsandtoes.ksa

5. Ring in the New Year around a cosy bonfire in the desert


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There is no more unique opportunity to ring in the New Year than Wonderlust Tours’ New Year’s party in the middle of the desert. There will be games, sand duning, star gazing, live music and DJ, and fireworks. Dinner will also be provided. And in case you’re wondering, it’s a Coachella-themed party, so dress to impress (for cold weather).

Wonderlust New Year Event, Dec 31, 4pm to 2am. SAR499 per person. Book your tickets here. @redsand.ksa

6. Countdown to 2022 with Kampai


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Bask in the complete NYE countdown experience at Kampai restaurant. Feast on delicious Japanese food in the company of hefty beats by a renowned DJ and saxophonist.

Kampai, Prince Muhammas Ibn Abd Al Aziz, Almaz Plaza, Dec 31, 10pm to 3am. Tel: 011 461 7601 / 011 461 7581. @kampai.sa

Saturday January 1

7. Score a strike at Saudi Arabia’s biggest bowling alley

Bob's Famous bowling alley

The latest and biggest bowling alley to open is Bob’s Famous at Riyadh Season’s Boulevard Riyadh City, and it offers so much more than bowling. As well as 16 swish lanes, you can play arcade games and watch sports. If you’re feeling peckish, food and drinks are available, too. This spot is cool, edgy, and filled with enough stuff to make for a pretty fun evening.

Bob’s Famous, Boulevard Riyadh City, Trocadero area, 6165 Prince Mohammed Ibn Salman Ibn Abdulaziz Rd, Riyadh 13516. @bobsfamousksa

8. Dine at New York’s favourite Philippe Chow


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Tuck into authentic Beijing cuisine at a world-renowned New York restaurant, which has opened its doors in Al-Athriyah, one of Riyadh Season’s 14 zones. Philippe Chow restaurant features the brand’s signature family-style menu that emphasises traditional Beijing-style cooking with an elevated twist. Chicken satay skewers with Chef Chow’s famous peanut sauce are a signature starter. Other high points are veggie rolls, sweet and sour chicken, and crispy Peking duck.

Philippe Chow, Al-Athriyah, King Khalid International Airport. Reservations can be made via The Chefz app.

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