8 brilliant things to do in Riyadh this weekend: December 15 to 17

Enjoy the weekend…

Looking for some activities to fill your weekend? We’ve got you covered. Riyadh’s social calendar is packed with things to do, from family-friendly adventures to new and exciting dining destinations. Here is our pick of eight brilliant things to do in Riyadh this weekend.

Thursday December 15

1. Enjoy endless activities at Ebda Adventure Park

Ebda Adventure Park offers fun-filled activities for kids of all ages. There is rock climbing, an indoor rope climbing panel, and a fantastic XXL play cage. So, whip out your cameras and snap away as your brave kids tackle balancing beams and zip lines. Trainers are also on hand to help supervise the children.

Ebda Adventure Park, Boulevard Riyadh City, daily 5pm to 2am. Get your tickets here. The price starts from SAR100 per person. @ebdaadventureparks

2. Learn how to improve your nutrition


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This inspirational talk by Myriam Giri, founder of a French food tech company, health speaker and wellness consultant, highlights her anti-inflammatory nutrition experience. Myriam will intriguingly explain where you’ll discover the important role food plays in inflammatory conditions and what to eat to support your health.

Myriam Giri X huna, Dec 15, 7pm to 8pm, huna Takhassusi, Panorama Mall, Al Mathar Ash Shamali, Riyadh 12332. SAR57.50 per person. Book your spot here. Tel: 011 215 6000. @iam.huna

3. Jive to live music at Hotel Cartagena

The night isn’t complete without some live music to get you grooving your way to the weekend. At this vibrant rainforest-inspired restaurant, you’ll be transported to a whole new era. So, take a seat, tuck into Latin American cuisine, coupled with creative mocktails, and enjoy performances by a live music band that’ll take the stage by storm.

Hotel Cartagena Riyadh, U Walk, Live Music Band with Tania & Tymo, Every Tues, Thurs & Sat 8pm to 11pm. Tel: 9200 33801. @hotelcartagenariyadh

Friday December 16

4. Have a picnic at the Lake Park


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If you happen to be looking for a relaxed outing with your family, then this picnic spot is the place to be. Located less than an hour’s drive south of downtown Riyadh, the popular park offers a desert oasis, including a huge lake, waterfall feature, picnic areas, and walkways dotted with palm trees. There is ample space for the younger ones to run around, and parking spaces are provided for cars.

Lake Park, Al-Haeer Road.

5. One night with DJ Benny Benassi at Area15

If you haven’t heard, Area15 is a new-age amusement park full of immersive entertainment located at Riyadh Season’s Boulevard World. It is home to attractions and experiences, including Wink World, a six-room maze covered with mirrors, an interactive Museum Fiasco, and the Portal, a projection-mapped event venue that will take you on a journey to the moon. And for one night only, Area15 brings legendary DJ and producer Benny Benassi to party at the Portal. One of the undisputed kings of house music, Benassi live is an incredible rave experience you will never forget.

DJ Benny Benassi Live at Area15, Dec 16, 11pm to midnight, Boulevard World. Get your ticket here. @riyadhseason

Saturday December 17

6. Be dazzled by the new “Atlantis by Holiday on Ice” show

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Get ready to be taken on an imaginative journey full of colour, magic, and beauty. Dive into the most magnificent, richest and most enchanting island kingdom of all legends: Atlantis. Until today the myth inspires the spirit of discovery of scientists and historians – and our imagination. The Holiday On Ice production team is staging the world of Atlantis as an ice show in Riyadh for the first time. Showcasing glamorous and extravagant costumes and stunning skaters who will amaze with jumps, lifts and spins, the event promises fun for the whole family.

Atlantis by Holiday on Ice, until Dec 31, 7pm, 8pm or 10pm, Boulevard Riyadh City‘s Cool Arena. Book your tickets here. The price starts from SAR75. @riyadhseason

7. Go on an adventure to the Edge of the World


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Known for its dramatic cliffs and panoramic views, the Edge of the World has been one of Saudi’s most popular tourist destinations. For those who have yet to check it out but have no transportation, the Storm Team tour is organising a day trip to the end of its cliff on a Jeep Wrangler. Once at the top, relax, enjoy a picnic break, and admire the panoramic views. Oh, and as you walk along the path, keep an eye out for fossils, a vestige of when the region was part of an ocean bed. Snacks will also be provided.

The Edge of the World Day Trip, Dec 17, 2pm to 6pm. The meeting point is at 1.30pm at Ascott Rafal Olaya Riyadh. SAR399 per person. Book your spot here. Tel: 055 089 5567 / 053 308 8122. @stormteam.sa

8. Treat your loved ones to some juicy steak


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If you’re not one to turn down a good, juicy slab of beef, ready your appetite and hit up JW Steakhouse at JW Marriott Hotel Riyadh. The newly opened restaurant offers quality cuts of meats and features several sharing dishes that will make your inner caveman rejoice. Oh, and the decadent cheesecake is great for after. Plus, the stylish space makes your dining experience a refined one.

JW Steakhouse, daily 7pm to 12.30am, Lobby, JW Marriott Hotel Riyadh. Make your reservation here. Tel: 011 511 7777.  @jwsteakhouseriyadh

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