8 enjoyable things to do in Riyadh this week: April 3 to 6

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, a concept store championing local designers, or ways to kickstart your week, we’ve got you covered.

Here are eight enjoyable things to do in Riyadh this week.

Sunday April 3

1. Catch Morbius at the movie theatres

This latest Marvel film is for those who are more interested in supernatural horror than superheroes. The Jared Leto-led film sees Dr. Michael Morbius accidentally turn himself into a vampire after trying to cure his rare blood disorder. He’s determined to save others suffering the same fate and attempts a desperate gamble. While it seems to be a radical success at first, the darkness inside him is unleashed. Will good override evil – or will Morbius succumb to his mysterious new urges?

Fantasy / Mystery / Thriller, Rating R12, 2h. Book your tickets here.

2. Staying fit during Ramadan with yoga

Practising yoga, in general, has innumerable benefits for both physical and mental health, but its practice during the holy month of Ramadan has its own specificity and very beneficial results that help to endure long hours of fasting. Yoga teachers Sultan Ashawi and Taghreed Shwaish will offer a yoga session to a mixed group of men and women who want to embrace their inner peace and enjoy wellness in a safe and beautiful space. This is an all-level yoga class, so don’t worry if you have no previous experience. Oh, and you’ll get a 15 per cent discount on your ticket if you bring your friend along.

Yoga with Sultan & Taghreed, AlMashtal Creative Space, Diplomatic Quarter, P St, Al Safarat, Riyadh 12523, April 3, 10 & 17, 9.30pm to 11.30pm. SAR300 for one session or SAR750 for all three sessions. Book your sessions here. @almashtal.space

Monday April 4

3. Check out the new Watsons store


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Beauty and health retailer, Watsons, has just opened a store in Riyadh. The store has a vast range of Korean beauty products, plus Watsons’ own line of hair care, cosmetics, and skincare items.

Watsons, Panorama Mall (across Danube supermarket). Ramadan hours: Sat to Thurs 11.30am to 5.30pm & 8.30pm to 2.30am, Fri 1pm to 5.30pm & 8.30pm to 2.30am. @watsonsgcc

4. Buy some fresh farm dates


For an authentic experience, explore the many varieties of dates at the date souk in Riyadh and learn all about the fruit symbolic of local culture and hospitality. With several mounds of fresh and dried dates on display, traders encourage you to sample the naturally sweet treats as you browse. Like most of the souks in the city, the date emporium comes alive in the evening, especially during the holy month of Ramadan.

Riyadh Dates Market, 7402 Ibn Abi Al Makarim, Ar Rawabi, 2692, Riyadh 14215.

Tuesday April 5

5. Satisfy your sugar cravings at Panela


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Who doesn’t love desserts? Dessert shop Panela is the latest to open at huna Takhassusi. Panela has gained much fame for its stunningly delicious cakes since it opened at Al Rayyan Park, and this Ramadan, you can expect them to go full force on desserts. So, come down to huna Takhassusi and discover Panela’s special selection.

Panela, huna Takhassusi, Panorama Mall, 4pm to 2am. @panela_sa

6. Get your nails done


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Kick back, relax and bask in the feeling of giving your nails a proper tending to. Whether you’re after immaculate cuticles or edgy nail designs, the steady hands at The Nail Bar have you sorted. The newly opened space is minimalistic yet stylish. And you can get a head-and-shoulder massage, and your brows freshened up whilst you’re there. Winning.

The Nail Bar, Al Takhassusi, Ar Rahmaniyyah, Riyadh 12341. Ramadan hours: Mon to Sat 8.30pm to 1am. @thenailbar.sa

Wednesday April 6

7. Pop into the Ramadan bazaar at Pattern


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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

8. Tuck into traditional Egyptian dishes

At Sobhy Kaber, expect a range of grilled meats and stews that tick all your comfort-food boxes. It has a lively family atmosphere, is welcoming and exceedingly tasty, and you’ll leave very satisfied indeed. Our top picks are the stuffed lamb shoulder and the okra tagine, but you won’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Take the plunge and try something new. However, throughout Ramadan, the restaurant will be serving a set menu (SAR145 per person) from 5.30pm, and the ala carte menu is only available after 9pm.

Sobhy Kaber, Al Takhassusi, Al Mathar Ash Shamali, Riyadh 12312. Ramadan hours: daily 5.30pm to 2.30am. @sobhykabersa

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