7 wonderful things to do in Riyadh this week: April 24 to 27

What’s on this week…

Discover some of the best things to do in Riyadh over the next few days. Whether you’re after the best Ramadan experiences, a holiday camp for your kids, or ways to kickstart your week, we’ve got you covered.

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

Sunday April 24

1. Explore the mind-blowing world of illusions

Immerse yourself in the dizzying array of interactive exhibits at the first Museum of Illusions in Saudi Arabia. Jump straight into the fun with the Vortex Tunnel, which will have you think the ground is moving, or see yourself in a new light in the True Mirror room. The exhibits make for some unreal Insta-worthy shots, so be sure to have your portable mobile charger.

Museum of Illusions Riyadh, Riyadh Park Mall, Unit FAS2, Sat to Thurs 10am to midnight & Fri 1pm to midnight. Ramadan hours may vary. SAR80 per adult, SAR60 per child & SAR250 for a family of two adults and two children. Tel: 011 263 0523. @museumofillusions_riyadh

2. Enjoy a special iftar set menu at Awani


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Awani (@awanilevant)

Head to this popular Levantine restaurant for a special set menu – featuring dates, dried apricots and figs, lentil soup, a refreshing cold mezze platter of tabbouleh, hummus, Fattoush and vine leaves, as well as hot mezze such as kibbeh and cheese rolls – to break fast. After which, enjoy mains consisting of mixed grill, shawarma, yoghurt kibbeh, Jordanian mansaf and fish siyadiyeh, and Awani’s special Ramadan dessert to finish. Expect Arabic influences infused throughout the experience, from the décor to the dishes.

Awani, The Zone & Nakheel Mall, daily 6pm to 3am. SAR175 per person. @AwaniLevant

3. Enrol the kids for the Juniors’ Club Ramadan camp


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Juniorsclub (@juniorsclub.co)

School’s out, and that means holiday camps are in session. Gymnastics, arts, coding, basketball, karate, football and more – these are part of the Juniors’ Club multi-activity programs that you’ll need to keep the kids busy. Each day will be jam-packed with fun and learning, with various activities that will help them develop new interests and friendships.

Juniors’ Club Ramadan Camp, El Domo, Prince Saud Ibn Abdullah Ibn Jalawi, Al Qirawan, Riyadh 11564, April 24 to 28, for ages four to 12. Register here. Tel: 056 444 6388. @juniorsclub.co

Monday April 25

4. Pop by the Ramadan bazaar at Pattern


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Pattern (@pattern_saudi)

Pattern has garnered a reputation for its creatively edited shelves, exclusive collaborations, and stylised collections. And to soak up the Ramadan festivities, the concept store is hosting the Ramadan Bazaar, where you can browse and shop a select range of art, fashion, home accessories and lifestyle products from both up-and-coming Saudi designers and established international names. Head there in the evening to grab a cuppa from the on-site coffee shop.

Ramadan Baazar at Pattern Concept Store, 8563 Prince Abdulaziz Ibn Musaid Ibn Jalawi St, Al Sulimaniyah, Riyadh 12234, until the end of Ramadan. Ramadan hours: Daily 1pm to 5pm & 8pm to 2am. @pattern_saudi

Tuesday April 26

5. Tuck into some authentic Italian fare

Signor Sassi

The latest opening from Modern Food Company, Signor Sassi offers a decadent feast this Ramadan. Tuck into signature dishes like tuna tartare, octopus salad, spaghetti Vongole, lamb coated with herbs and breadcrumbs and served with red wine sauce, and others for a memorable dining experience.

Signor Sassi, 2605 Prince Abdulaziz Ibn Musaid Ibn Jalawi St, As Sulimaniyah, Riyadh 12234. Ramadan hours: Daily 8.30pm to 2.30am. Tel: 9200 11877. @signorsassiriyadh

6. Enter Boulevard Riyadh City for free

Riyadh folks, you have at least another week to enjoy free admission to the Boulevard Riyadh City. If you still haven’t been, now’s the best time to do so. Triple in size this year, it is one of the biggest zones in Riyadh Season, and each of the sub-areas features its own set of activities, restaurants, events, and stores catering to all visitors.

Boulevard Riyadh City, Hittin, Riyadh 13343, daily 4pm to 4am. @blvdruhcity

Wednesday April 27

7. Have fun with virtual reality

At the Escape The Room, each scenario is tailored to offer an experience best suited to your preferences. Whether you want to flee from a jail cell, find a cure to a deadly virus, or uncover the secrets of political organisations, the challenge is yours to discover. The 60-minute adventures let players crack head-scratching clues and seemingly abstract puzzles to escape from locked rooms. Remember to always keep your head in the game.

Escape The Room, Exit 5, King Abdulaziz Road, Sun to Wed 1pm to 11pm & Thurs to Sat 1pm to midnight. Tel: 050 809 9911. @escapetheroomsa

Images: Instagram