10 wonderful things to do in Riyadh this weekend: November 10 to 12

Happy weekend…

Here are ten wonderful things to do in Riyadh this weekend. Check out our list below, where we have listed art festivals, a wellness retreat, an outdoor picnic-style brunch, and much more.

Thursday November 10

1. Show your support for Movember with Yauatcha


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Drink for a cause for Movember, and don’t miss Yauatcha’s special Whiskey Sour mocktail, available throughout this month. What’s more, the restaurant gets turned up with dance music by a live DJ every Thursday and Friday evening. So, rally the lads, head over to Yauatcha’s rooftop for some party vibes as you tuck into an array of modern Chinese fare, and have a good time together for a great cause raising awareness for men’s health.

Yauatcha Riyadh, Mode Mall, Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Rd, Al Olaya, Riyadh 12212, daily noon to midnight. @yauatchariyadh

2. Shop the Carrera x Ducati eyewear collection


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Carrera Eyewear makes its MotoGP debut as a Ducati Corse official partner. With this, they have launched a fantastic 2022 limited edition Carrera|Ducati Collection, where sport and fashion meet passion and speed. Offering a full range of iconic sun and optical frames, the collection is a perfect fit for those looking to stand out from the crowd, to be unique, bold, and inimitable as the frames focus on style, sophistication, performance, and trust. Enriched by styles that combine the same design inspiration with thinner profiles and light constructions, they are created with motorcycle riders as the target in mind, but are also suitable for everyday use for anyone searching for an elegant but sporty accessory to complete their everyday look.

The Carrera|Ducati Collection is available at these stores in Riyadh: Mugla Optical at Riyadh Front, Al Salman Optics on Takhassusi Street & Five Seasons flagship on Kind Fahad Rd.

3. Visit the “Tales of Nostalgia” digital soundscapes exhibition

Misk Art Institute presents “Tales of Nostalgia”, an exhibition by 12 Saudi and international artists who take us through the ever-shifting landscape of the past, present, and future. As our notions of time become ever more complex, so do the innovative technologies we try to make sense of.  The exhibition is both a reflection upon and a conversation about where we are, as a species, in our endless, intertwined relationship with time and technology.

Tales of Nostalgia, until Jan 15, 2023, 4pm to 10pm, Misk Art Institute, Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Arts Hall, Dist, 9346 King Saud Rd, An Namudhajiyah, 4033, Riyadh 12731. @miskartinst

Friday November 11

4. Join a fun run club

Running is no doubt made better by participating in the community. Founded in 2016, Riyadh Urban Runners (RUR) is the city’s first women’s running club created to encourage an active lifestyle by running outdoors. The group meets up several times each week, and members help each other reach their goals and to celebrate diversity in running. Plus, the group offers training plans for whatever distance you might be preparing to race. So, if you’re looking to train for a long run and marathon practices, join them on Fridays at 5.30am at Wadi Hanifa, where Coach Noura will ensure that you stick to your plan and achieve your goals.

Long Run & Marathon Practice with Riyadh Urban Runners, every Fri 5.30am, Wadi Hanifa. DM @riyadhurbanrunners

5. Enjoy a picnic-style brunch at Crowne Plaza


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The family-friendly picnic brunch on Mosaique’s outdoor terrace offers live cooking stations from around the world, including BBQ, Italian, Mediterranean and Asian dishes. There’s plenty of entertainment, too, with everything from a bouncy castle to keep the little ones occupied to live music setting the chilled vibe.

Mosaique’s Terrace Picnic, every Fri 1pm to 5pm, Crowne Plaza Riyadh RDC Hotel & Convention, Ground Floor, Digital City, Imam Saud Ibn Abdul Aziz Road, Riyadh. Tel: 055 870 7059. @cpriyadhrdc

6. Take part in a one-day retreat to nourish your soul


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Through an engaging nature walk, Shamanic breathwork, expressive dance and moving meditation session with live percussions, and a gentle sound bath, you will refocus your mind and body at this Raw Escapes retreat set outdoors under the stars. Each step of this retreat will be imbued with soul and curated with the intention to transcend any bounds that are holding you back (within yourself, within your community and within the collective) to channel energetic harmony. So, if you’re looking for a mind, body and soul reboot, this escape is for you.

Raw Escapes’ Breath to Bliss – Shamanic Breathworks & Ecstatic Dance, Nov 11, 2pm to 9.30pm. SAR500 per person. Buses will be provided. Register here. Tel:  055 548 5547. @rawescapes

7. Catch the 3×3 Basketball World Tour Championship

The historic village of Diriyah in Riyadh will receive for the first time 14 of the best international teams as part of the activities of the Diriyah Season 2022, competing for the title of the Basketball 3×3 World Tour Championship. This international sporting event will feature many events and recreational activities, including the dunk challenge, acrobatic entertainment shows, competitions among the audience, as well as freestyle basketball control, the three-point challenge, a concert by hip-hop stars Duo Duffy and Filbrace, as well as international band Marsimba, in addition to many other musical performances.

FIBA 3×3 World Tour, Nov 11 & 12, 4pm to midnight, Diriyah. Book your tickets here. The price starts from SAR150. @diriyahseason

Saturday November 12

8. Catch the ‘Messi 10’ Cirque du Soleil performance

Fans of football star Lionel Messi – if you haven’t heard, ‘Messi 10’ returns to Riyadh Season 2022 in its new version, the “World Cup” at Boulevard Riyadh City. It tells the story of the legend’s childhood and the most important milestones in his life and football career. In addition, visitors can expect interactive experiences at the arena, such as walking in the player’s victory corridor and getting souvenir photos.

Messi 10, Boulevard Riyadh City, Cool Arena, until Dec 1, Thurs to Sat 5.30pm to 7.30pm & 8.30pm to 10.30pm, Mon to Wed 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Book your Messi 10 tickets here. The ticket price for Messi 10 starts from SAR40. @riyadhseason

9. COYA turns 10


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What better way to enjoy the weekend than with COYA’s incredible activations? COYA Riyadh will be celebrating its 10th anniversary from Friday November 11 to Sunday November 13 from 7pm. There will be live DJs and entertainment, mouth-watering food and drinks, and many more. And in commemoration of this event, COYA will also be serving 10 of its special signature dishes from the past 10 years, including Conchas Tiradito (made up of scallops, Botija olives, cancha, and aji limo), Citrus Atun (comprising yellowfin tuna, stem ginger, maracuya, hazelnut, and radish), and Tacos de Coco dessert of coconut parfait, mango, peach, and coconut ice cream. So, make your reservations at COYA and let the celebrations begin.

COYA Riyadh, 8710 Prince Abdulaziz Ibn Musaid Ibn Jalawi St, As Sulimaniyah, 4237, Riyadh 12223, Sat to Wed 1pm to midnight, Thurs & Fri 1pm to 12.30am. @coyariyadh

10. Be dazzled by Noor Riyadh festival

Taking place across 40 locations in nine different zones, you’ll find over 190 artworks illuminating the capital with immersive site-specific installations, monumental public artworks, ephemeral sculptures, art trails, virtual reality, building projections and drone shows. Definitely an exciting way to navigate Riyadh, both by day and by night, if you were to ask us.

Noor Riyadh Festival 2022, Nov 3 to 19, 6pm to 1am. Get your tickets here. The price for each zone and experience varies and starts from SAR50 per person. @noorriyadhfestival

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