6 fun things to do in Riyadh this weekend: December 9 to 11

Weekend mode is on…

Here are six fun things to do in Riyadh this weekend. Check out our round-up below, where we have listed the highly anticipated art and culture events in Riyadh, must-try restaurants, and much more.

Thursday December 9

1. Indulge in Meraki’s new menu


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Meraki’s Riyadh new winter menu brings you Greek classics with a modern twist. To start, order the Kakavia, a Greek fish soup, or the Tsipoura gazpacho made up of fresh garden vegetables. Then, move on to the truffle tagliatelle, the newest addition to Meraki’s Signatures. Be sure to make reservations in advance.

Meraki Riyadh, Al Moatasem Street, Al Olaya, Riyadh 12212, daily 1pm to 3.30pm & 7pm to midnight. Tel: 9200 01050. @merakiriyadh

2. Check out a new art gallery show


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At the newly opened Lakum Artspace, acclaimed Saudi artist Ahmed Mater presents his first solo exhibition in Riyadh. His ‘Prognosis: 1979-2019’ explores the Kingdom’s culture and geography spanning 40 years. Mater’s works on view include photographs, videos, and installations. And, while you’re there, pop by the gallery shop to get some art-inspired gifts or Mater’s new book release.

Prognosis: 1979-2019’ Exhibition, Lakum Artspace, 3685 Al Urubah Branch Rd, Umm Al Hamam Al Gharbi, Riyadh 12328, Dec 8 to Feb 8, Sat to Thurs 10am to 10pm. Tel: 9200 12083. @lakumartspace

Friday December 10

3. Brunch at Goji Kitchen with family and friends

Goji Kitchen at Marriott Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter offers a lovely buffet brunch on Fridays and Saturdays, featuring a wide range of options. There is all manner of bread, pastries, cheese, plus everything from Fattoush to roast beef. The meal is accompanied by gentle live music, and children get to have some fun time at the lush and elegant outdoor space.

Goji Kitchen, Marriott Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter, 6781 Abdullah AlSahmi Street, Diplomatic Quarter, Riyadh 12511, Weekend Buffet Brunch 1pm to 5pm. Sar299 for adults, half price for children aged six to 11 & free for children below six years. Tel: 059 159 1728 / 011 835 3000. @marriottriyadhdq

4. Visit JAX District for some spectacular sculptures

Haider Alawi Al-Alawi

Sculpture fans, you’re in for a treat. This is your last chance to see a range of sculptures at the Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium located in Riyadh’s JAX district of Ad Diriyah. The Tuwaiq Sculpture is the second public art programme launched under Riyadh Art, a project designed to transform the city into a gallery without walls for all to enjoy. Some distinctive sculptures include Haider Alawi Al-Alawi’s “Beauty”, which portrays the Saudi landscape, characterised by sun, wind and sand. Anna Korver’s “The Lighthouses triptych” fuses abstract geometrical forms with multiple cultural associations, suggesting female figures and opening a space of interaction.

JAX district, Al Diriyah, Al Jadidah, 2393, Riyadh 13732, 4pm to 11pm. @riyadhartofficial

Saturday December 11

5. Swing it at First Golf range

Love golf? Riyadh Season’s Boulevard Riyadh City is now home to one of the largest entertainment destinations designed for golf enthusiasts of all ages. Practise your swing at First Golf on the bay covered, floodlit driving range with automated tees in each bay. First Golf promises great fun for everyone.

Boulevard Riyadh City – Sports Zone, Hittin, Riyadh 13516, 5pm to 2am. @blvdruhcity

6. A night out at Myazu Riyadh


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Myazu, one of our favourite spots in the Sulimaniyah neighbourhood, celebrates its first anniversary this weekend. The contemporary Japanese restaurant serves excellent food and beautiful mocktails in an elegant environment that’s equal parts special occasion destination and nicer-than-normal evening whim. As part of its anniversary weekend, your dining experience will be accompanied by groovy beats from DJ Viva and Madgee, complemented by the tunes of a live violinist.

Myazu Riyadh, Musad Bin Jalawi, As Sulimaniyah, Riyadh 12244, daily 12.30pm to 12.30am. @myazusaudi

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