8 great things to do in Riyadh this week: January 15 to 18

What’s on this week…

Whether you’re after art exhibitions or ways to kickstart your week, we have got you covered. Here are eight great things to do in Riyadh this week.

Sunday January 15

1. Pop by 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 too 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, 4pm to 10pm, Misk Art Institute, Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Arts Hall, Dist, 9346 King Saud Rd, An Namudhajiyah, 4033, Riyadh 12731. @miskartinst

2. Start your weekday with a special international dinner buffet

Looking for a buffet that’s chock full of scrumptious local and international bites? Arrive hungry at Open Restaurant for its dinner buffet. Located within the DoubleTree by Hilton Riyadh – Al Muroj Business Gate, the restaurant boasts a smorgasbord of fresh seafood, grilled meats, Asian delicacies, and desserts, along with live cooking stations.

Open Restaurant, DoubleTree by Hilton Riyadh, Al Muroj Business Gate. International Dinner Buffet, every Fri to Mon, SAR199 per person. Tel: 011 528 5100. @doubletreebyhilton_riyadh

Monday January 16

3. Ignite your creativity at the Saudi Design Festival

The second edition of the Saudi Design Festival has opened in Riyadh, showcasing the sector’s trailblazing work throughout the Kingdom. Based at The City Hub until Monday January 23, the event features panel discussions, workshops, exhibitions, and mentorship sessions in collaboration with the Saudi Architecture and Design Commission. The festival will take place in 35 locations around the city, including Oud Square, The Boulevard Riyadh, and Gallery Design.

Saudi Design Festival, until Jan 23, various locations. @saudidesignfestival

4. A day of fun and amusement at Planet X

You’ll feel like you’re stepping into a whole other world at this state-of-the-art, multi-function entertainment centre. PlanetX doesn’t disappoint with its selection of games and attractions, catering to different age groups, from the young to the young at heart. Think VR games for when you want to escape reality, cracking the code under pressure in the exciting escape rooms, and thrilling rounds of arcade games to keep you entertained all day long.

Planet X, The Zone, Gate 2, 3422 Khalifah Ibn Badi, Al Mohammadiyyah, 7326, Riyadh 12364, daily 4pm to midnight. @planetx.sa

Tuesday January 17

5. Take a historical tour at Diriyah’s At-Turaif World Heritage Site

Visiting At-Turaif is a must when you are in Diriyah. Get ready to explore more about its historical stories and the traditions of its people, as it is where the landmarks of the glorious Kingdom were born. And whilst you’re there, check out the Bujairi Terrace and enjoy the various cafes and restaurants where you can redeem up to the value of the ticket on food and drinks.

Diriyah, Riyadh, Sat to Wed 10am to midnight, Thurs 10am to 1am & Fri 2pm to 1am. Book your Diriyah Entry 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

6. Check out the new Imagination Park zone

Festival-goers enjoying Riyadh Season’s attractions now have another option – one that will turn cinema fantasy into reality. The new Imagination Park zone offers four immersive adventures based on popular Netflix series, including Squid Game, Stranger Things, Army of the Dead, and La Casa de Papel, as well as models and exhibitions of popular films. Meanwhile, car enthusiasts will enjoy the Automotive World area, where you can get up close and personal with a unique collection of exotic and super-rare cars on display. There’s also a range of shops selling souvenirs from movies and TV shows and plenty of food kiosks to satiate your hunger pangs.

Riyadh Imagination Park, until Jan 22, weekdays 4pm to 1am & weekends 4pm to 2am, King Khalid Rd, Ar Rihab, Riyadh 13717. Book your tickets here. SAR25 for general admission tickets and SAR300 for platinum. @riyadhseason

Wednesday January 18

7. Watch AC Milan go head-to-head with Inter Milan

Football fans, prepare for the Italian Super Cup, which will bring two giants of Italian football, AC Milan and Inter Milan, together at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh on Wednesday January 18. The Kingdom is hosting the long-awaited tournament for the third time.

EA Sports Supercup 2023, Jan 12, 9pm, King Fahd International Stadium. Book your tickets here. The ticket price starts from SAR120. @diriyahseason

8. Enjoy a staycation at Al Faisaliah Hotel, Riyadh

Al Faisaliah Hotel

If you’re looking for a luxury overnight stay, you’ll love these winter staycation offers at Al Faisaliah Hotel, Riyadh. Couples can book the ‘Romantic Getaways’ where your room will be set up with charming decorations and includes daily breakfast for two at La Brasserie or daily SAR240 in-room dining credit, in addition to SAR500 dining credit per night and 20 per cent off The Spa and Health Club services. Meanwhile, the ‘Ultimate Riyadh Celebration’ offer provides two tickets to Boulevard Riyadh City and up to 20 per cent off the Best Available Rate, plus 20 per cent off in all of Al Faisaliah Hotel’s restaurants. All stay packages include complimentary valet parking and a 24-hour personal butler to take care of all your needs.

Al Faisaliah Hotel, Riyadh, King  Fahd Rd, Al Olaya, Riyadh 12212. Email: [email protected] Tel: +966 11 273 2000. @alfaisaliahhotel

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