7 brilliant things to do in Riyadh this week: April 17 to 20

What’s on this week…

Whether you’re after the best places for Ramadan iftar and suhoor, or ways to kickstart your week, we’ve got you covered. Here are seven brilliant things to do in Riyadh this week.

Sunday April 17

1. Treat your friends and family with bespoke Bateel gifts


Bateel, known for its delicious organic plain and filled dates, offers a selection of gourmet products and intricately designed packaging to create your ideal Ramadan gift. Its Ramadan 2022 range comprises six unique collections, including the contemporary Chromite and the elegant Gold Wooden collection. And the packaging is as stunning as the confectionery inside. All Bateel sets are customisable and can be filled with an assortment of Bateel’s finest premium organic dates and single-origin chocolates – perfect for gifting family and friends or as a healthy staple when breaking your Ramadan fast.

Available across all Bateel boutiques. @bateelgourmet

2. Channel your inner Hawkeye at the archery range

Challenge yourself to hit the bullseye from a 14-metre distance at this outdoor archery range at Ad Diriyah. If it’s your first time at archery, you’ll be surprised by how much fun it can be. They also have qualified instructors to teach you how to send the arrows flying. Just make sure to book your slot.

Archery Range (Bow and Arrow), Mohammed, Al Faisaliyah, PHRM+6M, Ramadan hours: daily 9pm to 2am. Tel: 055 880 8617. @archery_range

Monday April 18

3. Be entertained with stories about our planet

Netflix Earth Stories

In celebration of Earth Month, Netflix has a new collection called “One World, Infinite Wonder, ” featuring everything from cooking shows, dramas, and stand-up comedy specials to family titles, nature documentaries, and climate fiction. Watch the new five-part series, “Our Great National Parks”, narrated by former US president Barack Obama. The series explores the world’s most breathtaking national parks through the eyes of its wildest residents, and these wild spaces can be preserved for future generations. The collection also goes beyond documentaries. The breakout success of “Don’t Look Up” shows how wide-ranging and entertaining stories about the environment can be. In gripping dramas like “Ragnarok”, “Frontera Verde” (Green Frontier) and “Okja”, witness how people from all corners of the Earth use their unique gifts for good. Titles may vary based on location.

Find this page on Netflix by searching “One World Infinite Wonder” or “Earth Stories” and  by visiting netflix.com/earthstories or netflix.com/earthmonth

4. Gather for iftar at Fairmont Riyadh

The recently reopened luxury hotel, Fairmont Riyadh, collaborates with renowned designer Abdulrahman Al-Romaizan, for its opulent Al-Mishraf Ramadan experience. Enjoy an array of local specialities served on lavish buffet spreads and live cooking stations. Dishes include Hejazi oats and lamb soup, a variety of Lebanese mezze, Moroccan lamb shank and prunes tagine, as well as traditional Arabic pastries and desserts.

Al-Mishraf Ramadan Tent, Fairmont Riyadh, Business Gate, Qurtubah Area, Riyadh 11552, daily, sunset to 8.30 pm. SAR395 per person. Tel: 011 826 2626. @fairmontriyadh

Tuesday April 19

5. Enjoy Ramadan at The Groves


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In case you haven’t heard, The Groves remains open throughout Ramadan. It is set in Al-Khuzama Park, one of the famous green spaces in Riyadh at Wadi Hanifah. You’ll enjoy several 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

6. Get revved up at an indoor go-kart track

Buckle up for a white-knuckled race to the finish line against your family and friends. Doos Karting boasts electric karts and a 350-metre state-of-the-art indoor racetrack with multi-level spiral ramps. When you need to take a break from the excitement, enjoy a meal trackside. It serves delicious choices of snacks and drinks that’ll refuel you and the family for the next adventure. Only children aged eight years and above are allowed.

Doos Karting, 8521 Prince Mohammed Ibn Salman Ibn Abdulaziz Rd, Hittin, Riyadh 13513, Ramadan hours: daily 8.30pm to 2.30am. Prices vary from SAR129 to SAR195. Tel: 9200 08311. @dooskarting

Wednesday April 20

7. Experience suhoor at the 10:10 Lounge

Nothing can beat a night under the stars at 10:10 Lounge. Located in Marriott Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter hotel, the alfresco lounge offers an Amasy suhoor in a relaxed, open-air setting by the pool. Chefs serve up dishes that span Arabic cuisine, as well as BBQ grills, pastries, and Arabic desserts.

10:10 Lounge, Marriott Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter, 6781 Abdullah Alsahmi St, Al Safarat, Riyadh 12511, daily 9pm to 2am. Tel: 059 159 1728. @marriottriyadhdq

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