7 fun things to do in Riyadh this week: December 4 to 7

What’s on this week…

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

Sunday December 4

1. Visit Diriyah’s At-Turaif and Bujairi Terrace


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It’s finally open. So, come and explore the At-Turaif neighbourhood and the restaurants area in Bujairi Terrace in Diriyah. The opening season will include an array of events, performances, and activities for all visitors to experience, which will celebrate and bring the heritage site and birthplace of the Kingdom to life. Gastronomes can look forward to about 20 world-class restaurants, including several Michelin-star restaurants, such as Tatel, Hakkasan, Long Chim and Chez Bruno, as well as brands that are making their international debut, like Angelina, Brunch & Cake, Flamingo Room by tashas, Sarabeth’s and Villa Mamas.

Diriyah, Riyadh, Sun to Wed 10am to midnight, Thurs 10am to 1am, Fri & Sat 7am to 1am. Book your Diriyah Pass here. SAR100 per person for Sun to Wed after 4pm & SAR200 per person for Thurs after 4pm and the whole of Fri & Sat. @dgda_sa

Monday December 5

2. View a digital photography exhibition

Did you know that the world wide web turned 31 this year? Since the birth of the internet, photography has undergone significant technological developments. ‘Shared Screens’ is an exhibition of digital photographs which bears witness to this art’s evolution since the web’s appearance. It explores photography and how digital media and the internet have transformed how we view screens. This exhibition, organised by the French Embassy in Riyadh, ​​the Alliance Française and the close collaboration of the L’Art Pur Foundation, will bring different points of view, so it’s definitely not one to miss.

‘Shared Screens: Photography after 31 Years of the Web’ Exhibition, until Dec 8, 4pm to 10pm, L’Art Pur Gallery, At Takhassusi Branch St, Al Olaya, Riyadh 12333. @lartpur

3. Face off against your friends in the action-packed obstacle course

Fancy testing your skills as a ninja warrior? Check out the Ninja Warrior adventure park, a shrunken version of the popular American show in which contestants try to climb, swing and leap toward a million-dollar grand prize. Here, though, the primary rewards are a good sweat and a sense of accomplishment. It’s an obstacle course for children and adults where they go through challenges to test their physical limits. Whether you are experienced or just a beginner, use your balance, strength and ninja prowess to get to the finishing line.

Ninja Warrior, until Mar 15, 3pm to 11pm. Tickets can be purchased inside Boulevard World. @riyadhseason

Tuesday December 6

4. Tuck into a lovely afternoon tea at A.O.K Kitchen

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For a relaxed afternoon tea in Riyadh, head to the warm, cosy setting of A.O.K. Kitchen in KAFD as it unveils its new concept. Suspended cake stands come laden with finger sandwiches, cakes and pastries and freshly baked scones with homemade preserves and clotted cream. Teas include an impressive selection of green, black, and bespoke herbal tea infusions. But should you fancy it, a cool glass (or bottle) of premium non-alcoholic bubbly is also available.

A.O.K. Kitchen, Afternoon Tea, 5pm to 7pm daily, KAFD, Al Aqiq, Riyadh 13519. SAR220 per person. A minimum booking of two people is required. Tel: 9200 25304. @aokkitchensaudi

Wednesday December 7

5. Experience The Groves at Diplomatic Quarter


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For those who still haven’t visited The Groves, it is a whole adventure here. Set in the Diplomatic Quarter’s Al-Khuzama Park, this Riyadh Season zone fuses entertainment with hospitality and an indoor and outdoor experience. Check out the craft market and the variety of restaurants available – from the Zama Zulu restaurant offering African dishes along with live dance shows, and the Zodiac Garden restaurant specialising in Italian and Japanese dishes, to an authentic Italian pizzeria and a Greek-inspired restaurant, Khawaja Yanni. If you love the cold, immerse yourself in the Arctic experience, where the temperature reaches -8 degrees inside The Polar Ice Bar, while football fans can head to the Wadi World Cup Lounge, where the World Cup matches will be screened.

The Groves, Al Khuzama Park, Diplomatic Quarter, Riyadh, until Jan 15, 2023, 4.30pm to 1.30am (Gate closes at 12.30am). The tickets for general entry are SAR50 from Sun to Wed and SAR75 from Thurs to Sat. Tickets and reservations can be booked via Groves mobile app. @the_groves_sa

6. Check out The Line exhibition at JAX

Ever wondered what it will be like to live in NEOM’s The Line city? You now have the chance to see how it looks at The Line Exhibition at Diriyah’s JAX district. During your visit, you will experience detailed designs, architectural models, and informative films explaining the project in all its glory. The six-month-long exhibition in Riyadh offers a far more enriching and engaging experience that takes visitors on a remarkable journey, giving you an in-depth view of NEOM’s sectors and its surrounding natural landscapes where people and technology will come together in harmony with nature. There will also be guided tours available in Arabic and English.

The Line Exhibition, until Apr 29, 2023, Sun to Wed 9am to 11pm, Thurs & Sat 9am to midnight, Fri 3pm to midnight. Tickets are free for all ages 12 years and above, but you must register your visit here. @discoverneom

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