7 exciting things to do in Riyadh this week: January 23 to 26

What’s on this week…

Whether you’re after a new restaurant or ways to kickstart your week, we have got you covered. Here are seven exciting things to do in Riyadh this week.

Sunday January 23

1. Catch the re-release of Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone

Calling all Potterheads. To celebrate two decades since the release of “Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone”, the saga’s first film returns to cinemas for a limited time only. The reunion will feature Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Richard Harris, Maggie Smith and Robbie Coltrane among others.

Book your tickets here.

2. A night of jazz

Billionaire Riyadh is no stranger to live music and performances, with the latest line-up being Jazzy Sundays. Every Sunday from 8pm, let the restaurant’s resident jazz band carry you through the night with soothing blues and funk as you dig into hearty plates of Italian and new-Asian dishes.

Jazzy Sundays, Billionaire Riyadh, Dabab St, Sulaimaniya, Riyadh, 8pm to midnight. Book your table here. Tel: 9200 11916. @billionaireriyadh

Monday January 24

3. Experience Squid Game without the deadly penalties

Fans of “Squid Game” will get the chance to try the games seen on the hit Netflix show at Riyadh Boulevard City – but without the violence, of course. The survival challenges include ‘Red Light, Green Light’, where a person whose movement is detected will be eliminated, the tug-of war and the marble game. Do you think you’re up for the Squid Game Experience?

Squid Game Experience, Riyadh Season, Riyadh Boulevard City, until Mar 31. SAR230 per person. Only for 18 years and above. Book your tickets here. @riyadhseason

4. Artie’s Trio brings classical music to Riyadh


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French musicians Emmanuel Christien (piano), Gauthier Herrmann (cello) and Oliver Patey (clarinet) will bring their group Artie’s Trio for a concert in Diplomatic Quarter’s Cultural Palace. To Riyadh they will bring a fresh and energetic spin to western classical music.

Cultural Palace, Diplomatic Quarter, Jan 24, 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Book your tickets here. @saudidq

Tuesday January 25

5. Swing by Azure for some Spanish fare


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You’ll find this new Spanish spot in Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya. Known for its traditionally inspired, hearty Spanish fare, the restaurant is mainly focused on premium seafood prepared using Spanish spices and recipes. Azure’s vibes are cosy and casual; expect to dine on authentic grub such as seafood paella, slow-cooked octopus, grilled tomahawk, and a tantalising fiesta of tapas.

Azure, Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya, Olaya St, Riyadh 11433, daily 6.30pm to 10.30pm. Tel: 053 341 1234. @azureriyadh

Wednesday January 26

6. Wonderful winter cocktails at Yauatcha


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Yauatcha has everything you want after a long day: great service, city views and a solid list of mocktails. Pick a seat at the terrace and order its new winter mocktails – the Royal Blackberry, Winter Hardy, and our favourite, the Sunny Haze – a refreshing drink shaken with lemon and pineapple juices, cold brew oolong tea, Botan pine haze, fresh galangal and turmeric rooibos syrup.

Yauatcha Riyadh, Mode Al Faisaliah, Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Rd, Al Olaya, Riyadh 11433, daily noon to 11.30pm. Tel: 9200 06555. @yauatchariyadh

7. Head down to the Winter Wonderland

The Winter Wonderland is one of the most popular and dazzling events during the Riyadh Season. Featuring a vast selection of entertainment and activities, from ice skating and roller coaster rides to circus shows, there are enough fun things to do to fill a whole evening.

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

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