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8 brilliant things to do in Riyadh this week: January 2 to 5

Hello, 2022…

Let us welcome a new week and a new year with a list of some of the best things to do in Riyadh. Whether you’re after your perfect cup of tea or coffee or ways to kickstart your week, we have got you covered. Here are eight brilliant things to do in Riyadh this week.

Sunday January 2

1. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon treat at Four Seasons

Piaget afternoon tea Four Seasons

Afternoon tea is always a delight. At the lobby lounge of Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh, the hotel has introduced a special edition afternoon tea in partnership with world-renowned luxury brand Piaget. Indulge in authentic teas from around the world, along with a delicious selection of desserts and savoury treats. The carefully tailored menu, created by Executive Chef Stefano Andreoli, includes a gnocco fritto pillow with truffle mascarpone, lemon curd meringue with sable pine nuts and a selection of fresh scones.

Piaget Afternoon Tea, Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh, Lobby Lounge, until Jan 8, 2022, 11am to 8pm. SAR200 per person. Tel: 011 211 5000. @fsriyadh

2. Have fun at Boulevard Riyadh City

@whatsonksa It’s hard to believe this is all in one destination. Have you checked out the Boulevard at #RiyadhSeason yet? #whatsonksa #riyadh #saudiarabia ♬ Midnight City – M83

There are plenty of reasons to visit Riyadh Season’s largest zone – from some of the best restaurants to the largest cinema, there’s pretty much something for everyone. If you still haven’t checked out Boulevard Riyadh City, here’s another reason why you should. A new skate park has opened. Regardless of your skill level and style, you’ll find something to keep you occupied for hours. There are experts on hand to help, too. Oh, and if you haven’t heard, Boulevard Riyadh City is now open from 2pm onwards.

Boulevard Riyadh City, daily 2pm to midnight. @riyadhseason

Monday January 3

3. Check out a new art exhibition at Naila Art Gallery


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Get ready to admire amazing artworks by Adel Al-Obaidi. Showcasing some of the artist’s best paintings and abstract works, the exhibition celebrates Al-Obaidi’s wealth of artistic talent in contemporary art.

Naila Art Gallery, Exhibition by Adel Al-Obaidi, Al Takhassusi, Al Mathar Ash Shamali, Riyadh 11564. Jan 3-5, 2pm to 10pm. Tel: 011 880 5352. @gallerynaila

4. Coffee at Key’s newest branch


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Key café has opened a new branch on King Fahd Road. Get a spot on the terrace upstairs for views of the Kingdom Tower and sit and watch the world go by with a latte. The outlet also offers a drive-through for those who would like to grab a cup of coffee on the go.

Key, King Fahd Rd, Al Olaya, Riyadh 12214. Tel: 011 234 7947. @keycafe.sa

Tuesday January 4

5. Watch indie movies at Wadi Cinema

Wadi Cinema

Swing by the Wadi Cinema at Diriyah Biennale and you’ll find a screening of an obscure film you’ve always wanted to see or, more likely, something you’ve never heard of. The pop-up experience showcases films by filmmakers across the Middle East and North Africa region.

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

6. Enjoy contemporary Greek dishes and good vibes at Meraki

DJ Romaan Meraki

As part of Meraki Riyadh’s dynamic new dining concept ‘Dining and Good Vibes’, the restaurant has launched its first-ever residency with DJ Romaan. An internationally renowned DJ producer and remixer, DJ Romaan will be playing at the restaurant from Sunday to Wednesday, from 8pm to midnight. Food-wise, Meraki offers a modern take on Greece’s freshest regional ingredients, alongside innovative mocktails.

Meraki Restaurant Riyadh, Al Moatasem Street, At Olaya, Riyadh 12212, daily 1pm to 3.30pm, Sun to Tues 7pm to midnight & Wed to Sat 7pm to 12.30am. Tel: 9200 01050. @merakiriyadh

Wednesday January 5

7. Catch up with your girlfriends at Hotel Cartagena’s ladies’ night

Ladies, get ready to party at Hotel Cartagena. But, no, it’s not a hotel. The cooler-than-cool tropical-themed restaurant at U Walk is new to the dining scene in Riyadh. And on Wednesdays, Hotel Cartagena offers the ladies a buy-one-get-one-free on mocktails. Every Ladies’ Night will also be accompanied by Colombian DJ Kio, who will be playing a selection of cool and vibey tunes to take diners into the night. Midweek has never sounded so fun.

Hotel Cartagena Riyadh, U Walk, An Nakheel, daily 6.30pm to 1.30am. Tel: 9200 33801. @hotelcartagenariyadh

8. Get your booster vaccination shot

From February 1, a booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine is required to attend events, use public transport, and keep your fully vaccinated status on the Tawakkalna application. So, if you still haven’t done so, be sure to book your vaccine appointment now.

Appointments can be made via the Tawakkalana or Sehhaty apps.

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