7 wonderful things to do in Riyadh this week: January 30 to February 2

What’s on this week…

Whether you prefer to grab a workout buddy and have fun reaching your fitness goals together, or bond over game night, we highlight the best our city has to offer and what’s keeping it abuzz. Here are seven wonderful things you can do in Riyadh this week.

Sunday January 30

1. Yoga for everyone

You’re guaranteed to work up a sweat with certified yoga instructor Faisal Alawaji. He’ll be hosting a session at huna Takhassusi, creating a comfortable yet exclusive space for everyone, whether you are a beginner or an avid practitioner looking to up your yoga game. Both males and females are welcome.

Huna Takhassusi, Takhassusi Branch Rd, Al Mathar Ash Shamali, Riyadh 12332, Jan 30, 8pm to 9.30pm. For booking, WhatsApp 055 621 4998.

Monday January 31

2. Participate in the ultimate “Friends” game night


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“Friends” will always hold a special place in our hearts. Who can forget all those silly cast moments, like when Ross and Rachel ran off and got married or the scene that will live in memes forever – when Monica walked in with the turkey on her head? If you’re looking to sharpen your “Friends” trivia knowledge, Syrup Lounge has got the best quiz out there. Let’s see if you’re an expert on all things Central Perk or just a Smelly Cat.

Syrup Lounge, 9038 Prince Faisal Bin Bandar Bin Abdul Aziz Road, An Narjis, Riyadh 13324, Jan 31, 8pm to midnight, Early bird price: SAR30, Regular price: SAR45. Tel: 011 228 8006. @syruplounge

3. Get fit and fab at Nuyu’s new club


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As one of the first ladies-only fitness clubs in Saudi Arabia, Nuyu is an established name in the business. They boast an arsenal of gym equipment designed for women across their locations. Mingle, have a tête-à-tête and get fit with like-minded individuals at their latest fitness space at Riyadh Front. Bump up your bpm with group fitness classes, pilates, Zumba or yoga.

Nuyu Riyadh Front, Sun to Thurs 10am to 10pm, Fri 1pm to 9pm & Sat 10am to 9pm. Tel: 9200 07576. @nuyuksa

Tuesday February 1

4. Tuck into fine Greek fare

Dubai’s beloved Greek dining concept, OPA, has joined Riyadh Oasis for the Riyadh Season. In signature Opa style, the venue features charming white interiors, traditional music of the islands, plus Zorba dancing and Greek plate smashing. The flavourfully diverse menu will feature some of OPA’s most renowned dishes, like a buttery Kleftiko – a braised lamb shoulder; OPA salad; fresh fish dishes and traditional Hellenic pastries.

OPA, Riyadh Oasis, daily 4pm onwards. Reservations can be made via The Chefz app. @oasiszonesa

5. Dine with the undead


Looking for a unique dining experience? There’s a horror-themed restaurant in town that offers dishes with a side of skull and blood in the company of zombies and vampires. Located at Riyadh Season’s Boulevard City, Shadows caters to horror film buffs with solid stomachs, allowing you to savour your dishes while staff in gory costumes put on interactive shows.

Shadows, Riyadh Boulevard City, Hittin, Riyadh 13516, daily 8.30pm onwards. Reservations can be made via The Chefz app.

Wednesday February 2

6. Celebrate Yauatcha’s second anniversary

Yauatcha second anniversary menu

Yes, it’s been two years, folks. Yauatcha, the holy grail of perfect dim sums in Riyadh, has announced a limited-edition menu celebrating the restaurant’s second anniversary. Taste incredible new dishes such as smoked duck shiu mai dim sum, marinated chicken and prawn wonton, vinaigrette soy steamed prawn and scallop, and crab meat and pineapple fried rice. And because February also marks the Chinese New Year 2022, desserts come in the form of tiger macarons with orange ganache and ‘The Lucky Coin’ – a mandarin curd and compote, ginger cream, cheese and orange mousse.

Yauatcha, Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Rd, Al Olaya, Riyadh 11433, daily noon to 11.30pm. The second-anniversary menu is available until the end of February. SAR350 per person (minimum of two guests). Tel: 9200 06555. @yauatchariyadh

7. Check out the Winter Fair

The ever-popular Winter Fair returns, and this time around, it’ll be held at Raidah Digital City. Whether you are hoping to buy a perfume or locally produced artwork and jewellery, you’ll find it all at the Winter Fair.

Winter Fair, Raidah Digital City, Prince Turki Ibn Abdulaziz Al Awwal Rd, An Nakheel, Feb 2 to 5, 5pm to midnight. SAR50. @winter.fair.sa

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