7 awesome things to do in Riyadh this week: April 10 to 13

What’s on this week…

Discover some of the best things to do in Riyadh over the next few days. Whether you’re after a new film or ways to kickstart your week, we’ve got you covered.

Here are seven awesome things to do in Riyadh this week.

Sunday April 10

1. Enjoy yoga and iftar at Kore


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A yoga session followed by iftar? That’s something we can get on board with. Step into an hour-long breath work and energising yoga session, followed by 30 minutes of candle meditation, guided by Asta Barry. Post first session workout, it’s time to nourish and indulge in a healthy iftar dinner. Afterwards, reset the mind and body through a special yin yoga session, including meditation and an intimate talk on mindfulness with Nada Al Adel.

Yin Yang Flow & Iftar, Kore Khuzama Outdoor Space, Riyadh 14242, April 10, 4.30pm to 8.30pm. SAR250 per person. Book your space here. @koreksa

2. Catch the latest thriller, Shattered

In this thriller starring John Malkovich and Frank Grillo, a lonely tech millionaire Chris (Cameron Monaghan) encounters a charming, sexy Sky (Lilly Krug). Passion grows between them, and when he’s injured, she quickly steps in as his nurse. But Sky’s odd behaviour makes Chris suspect that she has more sinister intentions, especially when Sky’s roommate is found dead from mysterious causes.

Thriller/Crime, Rating R18, 1h 32min. Book your tickets here.

Monday April 11

3. Donate care packages to those in need

noon Ramadan bundles

There’s no better time than to help communities in need this Ramadan. noon.com launches its Ramadan Donation Bundles, a donation initiative in collaboration with AlNahda Society. Established in 1963, AlNahda Society is dedicated to empowering women socially and economically through numerous projects and programs aimed at increasing gender equality and educational support. All you have to do is purchase boxes of everyday necessities on noon.com with delivery direct to AlNahda Society for distribution. You can choose to donate a Fashion Bundle, Personal Bundle, Home Bundle, or a Study Mega Bundle to communities in need.

noon Ramadan Donation Bundles Initiative, Until May 2. SAR50 per bundle. Noon.com

Tuesday April 12

4. Visit Al Uwais Souk


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This traditional market in Riyadh is one of the most popular among locals. The alleyways are packed with shops selling textiles, abayas, colourful bishts, fake plants, plus other interesting paraphernalia and even furniture. You could bag yourself a genuine bargain if you’re prepared to haggle.

Uwais Markets, Olaya St, King Fahd, Riyadh 12262. Sat to Thurs 8.30am to midnight & Fri 4pm to midnight. Ramadan hours may vary.

5. Enjoy a lavish iftar at Four Seasons Ramadan Tent


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If you’re looking for a lavishly decorated Ramadan tent, the Kingdom Ballroom at Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh has just the tent for you. Created in the most opulent settings with luxurious white and gold accents, the Kingdom Ballroom tent showcases the finest buffet setup and dedicated live cooking stations. Guests will enjoy traditional Iftar dishes and an extensive range of international specialities. There is also a special ‘Chef’s Table’ area, featuring bespoke table décor, personalised butler service, a ‘Chef’s Recommendation’ dish served to the table, and much more.

Ramadan Tent at the Kingdom Ballroom, Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh, Olaya Street, Kingdom Centre, Riyadh 11321, daily 6.30pm to 9pm. SAR425 for Iftar, SAR525 for Chef’s Table & SAR175 for children. Tel: 011 211 5888. @fsriyadh

Wednesday April 13

6. Explore Ramadan at The Groves


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Yes, Riyadh Season is over, but The Groves will remain open throughout Ramadan. The Groves is all about nature and relaxation and is set in Al-Khuzama Park, one of the famous green spaces in Riyadh at Wadi Hanifah. Enjoy a number of attractions while at The Groves, including the Ramadan Tent and Birds of Eden, a high tea experience where a selection of the finest teas is served in an aviary filled with classical live music. Other restaurants such as GEM.IN.I and El Lechazo offer a range of culinary delight.

The Groves – Riyadh Season, Diplomatic Quarter, Al-Khuzama Park, Alkhawabi St, Al Safarat, Riyadh 12513. The minimum charge for dining at The Groves is SAR190. Make reservations via The Groves app here. @the_groves_sa

7. Join the Core Social Wellness Club


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Housed in the Diplomatic Quarter (DQ), Core Social Wellness Club is made for the wellness-obsessed individual. Built around three grounding pillars – mind, body, and soul – it encompasses pretty much all facets of wellness, from fitness to diet to mental and physical health, all under one massive space. Membership includes access to in-house practitioners, use of facilities, including CORE Fit: The Fitness Facility, CORE Spa, ENCORE Restaurant, and tennis court, as well as monthly sessions. The good news is DQ residents get 50 per cent off plus additional perks when you sign up for the silver membership this Ramadan season, and non-DQ residents get 20 per cent off.

Core Social Wellness Club, Al Safarat, Diplomatic Quarter, Riyadh 12512. Sat to Thurs 6am to 11pm & Fri 2pm to 11pm. Tel: 9200 01223. @core.riyadh

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