6 amazing things to do in Riyadh this weekend: January 6 to 8

Happy weekend…

Looking for some activities to fill your weekend? We’ve got you covered. Riyadh’s social calendar is packed with things to do, from motor show festivals and rare coins exhibition to exciting dining concepts. Here are six amazing things to do in Riyadh this weekend.

Thursday January 6

1. Enjoy an afternoon tea at Mamo Michelangelo

From the elegant backdrop and pretty place settings to the fine crockery presenting a delicate array of sweet and savoury delights, Mamo Michelangelo is now offering afternoon tea in their lounge and terrace sections. Indulge in finger sandwiches, delicious desserts, and scones served with jam and clotted cream. This is the place to while away many an indulgent hour.

Mamo Michelangelo, King Fahd Rd, Al Olaya, Riyadh 12212, daily 4pm to 6pm. SAR240 per person. Tel: 9200 00874. @mamomichelangeloksa

2. Watch a stunning ice show at the Arena

If the world’s creation was shaped by fire and ice, then so it will be with Cirque de Glace, an ice show beyond imagination. As part of the Riyadh Season programme at Boulevard Riyadh City, Cirque de Glace brings to life the story of the creation of our planet, man’s evolution, and a journey to the limits of technology. It promises a thrilling, breath-taking experience filled with music, colour, incredible costumes, and jaw-dropping acrobatics to give you an evening of pure entertainment that’s out of this world.

Cirque De Glace, International Arena, Boulevard Riyadh City, Riyadh Season, until Jan 18, 6pm & 9.30pm. Price starts from SAR95 per person. Book your tickets here. @riyadhseason

Friday January 7

3. Explore the city with Spin Rentals

Spinning may be all the rage these days, but old-school cycling still boasts numerous benefits. Don’t own a bicycle? Just grab one from Spin Rentals, the first official bike rental shop in Riyadh. Rentals for all bike types at this brick-and-mortar bicycle rental service starts from SAR60 per hour.

Spin Bike Rentals, two locations: AlNahdha St, Jarir, Riyadh 12833, daily 3pm to 1am & Al Imam Abdallah Ibn Saud, Al Faisaliyah, Ad Diriyah 13712, daily 6pm to 7am. Tel: 055 973 1117. @spin.sa

4. An evening out at Riyadh Oasis

Riyadh Oasis

The desert haven pop-up is back. Located on the city’s northern outskirts, Riyadh Oasis is one of the 14 zones of the Riyadh Season 2021. The Oasis provides visitors with the chance to experience the country’s rich culture, live entertainment, and fine dining. Among the must-try restaurants are popular Greek restaurant Opa making its way from Dubai, while Lebanon’s Antika provides a fusion of Oriental flavours, and globally known Novikov presents expertly curated pan-Asian and Italian flavours.

Riyadh Oasis, Until Feb 28. Reservations for restaurants can be made via The Chefz app. @riyadhseason

Saturday January 8

5. Check out an incredible motor show festival


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Preparations are in full swing for the Saudi International Festival of Motoring (Autoville), the first and the largest interactive event of its kind in the region. To be held at Dirab Motor Park from Jan 8 to 14, Autoville encapsulates so much more than just the motoring industry – visitors can look forward to a host of lifestyle events and activities suitable for all age groups.

Saudi International Festival of Motoring (Autoville), Dirab Motor Park, Jabal Ajyad Rd, Dahiat Namar, Riyadh, Jan 8 to 14, noon to 10pm. Prices for general entry are Sar100 per person per day or Sar450 per person for a seven-day pass. Buy your tickets here. @autoville_riyadh

6. Visit the King Abdulaziz Public Library

Coin collection or numismatics is fascinating and mindboggling, and those interested can visit the King Abdulaziz Public Library. It has recently launched an exhibition of rare Islamic coins and currencies. More than 8,000 minted Arab and Islamic coins are showcased with exhibits dating back to the Umayyad, Abbasid, Andalusian, Fatimid, Ayyubid, Atabeg, Seljuk, Mamluk, and Ottoman periods.

King Abdulaziz Public Library, 4170 Makkah Al Mukarramah Branch Rd, King Abdullah Dt. Riyadh 12421, Sun to Thurs 8am to 8pm & Sat 8am to 2pm. Tel: 011 434 7888. @KAPLibrary

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