7 great things to do in Riyadh this week: December 11 to 14

What’s on this week…

Whether you’re after a new film, an art exhibition or ways to kickstart your week, we have got you covered. Here are seven great things to do in Riyadh this week.

Sunday December 11

1. Embark on an epic journey with Puss in Boots

Everyone’s favourite Leche-loving, swashbuckling, fear-defying feline returns. For the first time in more than a decade, DreamWorks Animation presents a new adventure in the Shrek universe as daring outlaw Puss in Boots discovers that his passion for peril and disregard for safety have taken their toll. Puss has burned through eight of his nine lives, though he lost count along the way. Getting those lives back will send Puss in Boots on his grandest quest yet.

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, Animation, Rating PG, 105min. Book your tickets here.

2. Don’t miss Ladies’ Night at Shadow Lounge


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Shadow Lounge’s ladies’ night is one lively way to start the week. Enjoy a complimentary drink, and as an added bonus, you ladies also get 15 per cent off on the food menu. There’ll also be some excellent live performances to get the party going. We like the sound of that.

Ladies Night, Shadow Lounge, every Sun, 4pm to 2am, Al Takhassousi, Al Mohammadiyyah, Riyadh 12362. @shadowlounge.riyadh

Monday December 12

3. Explore culture fest and entertainment in one place

As part of the Diriyah Season 2022, the historic Diriyah is hosting the cultural event “Hawl AlHatab”, organised by the Culinary Arts Authority in cooperation with the Ministry of Sport. Have a taste of the popular local desserts, partake in live culinary shows, experience Saudi coffee traditions, and enjoy live music in a traditional atmosphere.

Hawl AlHatab Event, until Dec 17, 6pm to midnight, Al Imam Abdulaziz Ibn Mohammad Ibn Saud, Al Faisaliyah, Ad Diriyah 13711. The price starts from SAR150. Book your tickets here. @diriyahseason

Tuesday December 13

4. Check out the Noor Riyadh art exhibition

The Noor Riyadh citywide artworks may have ended, but one of the festival’s highlights is its accompanying exhibition entitled “From Spark to Spirit”, co-curated by Neville Wakefield and Gaida AlMogren. The art exhibition at JAX district traces the role light plays in shaping our relationship with a world in which light itself has become a signal of change, exploring themes such as the “Technologies of Light”, “Architectonics of Light”, and “Consciousness of Light”. So, don’t miss the Noor Exhibition, whether you’re an art enthusiast or just looking for somewhere fun to hang out with your loved ones.

“From Spark to Spirit Noor Riyadh Art Exhibition, until Feb 4, 11am to 1am, JAX 03, JAX District. @noorriyadhfestival

5. Enjoy an Izakaya-style night at ROKA

ROKA izakaya

Izakayas are to Japan what tapas bars are to Spain, and award-winning ROKA has introduced a brand-new Izakaya-style concept – a first for the capital city – inspired by Tokyo’s effusive energy. At ROKA Riyadh, the new weekly fixture will embody Japan’s vibrant culture, with a DJ and live percussionist setting the mood for an interactive evening. Diners can enjoy sumptuous dishes such as seafood dumplings with milk bread and wasabi mayonnaise, beef katsu sando, and chicken udon noodles from the a-la-carte menu, coupled with unique bottled mocktails. Plus, ladies will receive a complimentary welcome mocktail on arrival.

ROKA’s Izakaya Nights, every Tues & Wed, from 6pm, 5140 Prince Muhammad Ibn Abd Al Aziz, As Sulimaniyah, Riyah 12243. Tel: 9200 12327. @rokariyadhofficial

Wednesday December 14

6. Travel around a life-sized Monopoly board

Monopoly Lifesized

Located in Riyadh Season’s BLVD World zone, Monopoly Lifesized is an immersive, physical version of the world’s favourite family game brand played on a life-sized Monopoly board. Round up your crew and compete in one-of-a-kind challenges for your chance to buy properties. Players will experience the thrills of passing Go, the frustration of spending a turn in Jail, gambling on a Chance Card, or scooping a prize on Free Parking.

Monopoly Lifesized, daily 3pm to 11pm, Boulevard World. SAR150 per person (above ten years old). Book your tickets here. The ticket includes entry to Boulevard World.

7. Take an evening stroll at Riyadh Season’s Al-Murabba zone


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Al-Murabba features a beautiful atmosphere and a variety of cuisines, from the famed Maine Mayfair restaurant and Ho Lee Fook, which offers a taste of traditional Chinese dishes with a modern twist, to Carbone, which offers American-style Italian food. Visitors enter the zone through the Saudi National Museum, where there are gardens and corridors adorned with artwork, and indoor and outdoor seating areas, presenting musical and artistic performances.

Al-Murabba, until Dec 18, 6pm to 3am. Reservations for the restaurants can be made via The Chefz app. @riyadhseason

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