8 super things to do in Riyadh this week: January 22 to 25

What’s on this week…

This week, check out exciting dining destinations, get your rock on with the Imagine Dragons, or step into the boots of an astronaut and take a walk on Mars at Riyadh Space Fair. Scroll on for the best events in Riyadh this week.

Sunday January 22

Catch live sculpting in action

For a unique and exciting opportunity to witness art in action, head to Durrat Al Riyadh for the fourth edition of Tuwaiq Sculpture. From now to February 2, you’ll find 30 international and local artists sculpting live, creating artwork from raw blocks of granite and Riyadh stone. The live sculpting process is open to all, so come on down to watch their creations take shape, with tours based on availability. Tickets and advance booking are not required.

Tuwaiq Sculpture: Live Sculpting, until Feb 2, 10am to 5.30pm, Durrat Al Riyadh, King Fahd Rd, Banban, Exit 6, Durrat, Riyadh 13571. @riyadhartofficial

Imagine Dragons to play at BLVD International Festival Site


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Grammy-winning, multi-Platinum band Imagine Dragons is set to perform at a brand-new venue, the BLVD International Festival Site, on January 22 as part of their massive Mercury World Tour. The tour celebrates the release of the band’s highly-anticipated double-disc album Mercury – Acts 1 & 2. It is a 32-track epic, executive produced by Rick Rubin, and includes hit singles Enemy, Bones and Sharks and expands on 2021’s Mercury – Act 1.

Imagine Dragons ‘Mercury World Tour’, Jan 22, 8.30pm (Doors open from 6pm), BLVD International Festival Site (RRHA3705), Riyadh 13516. The ticket price starts from SAR249. Children and adolescents under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Get your tickets here. @riyadhseason

Monday January 23

Check out DQ’s stunning new cultural centre

Fenaa Alawwal

Fenaa Alawwal is the first cultural centre in the capital, located in the Diplomatic Quarter. It offers a light and airy space and features art exhibitions, educational workshops, seminars and other cultural activities. Remote workers looking to work outside of your home will enjoy the library and Circle 3 by Acoustic café – the perfect spots to grab a moment of quiet and get some work done.

Fenaa Alawwal Cultural Centre, Diplomatic Quarter, Riyadh 12512, Mon to Thurs 9am to 10pm, Fri 4pm to 10pm & Sat 10am to 10pm. Tel: 011 836 3352.

Get ready to sizzle

Four Seasons BBQ Nights

If you’ve got a hankering for meat-centric dining, it’s often upmarket steakhouses that come to mind. But for a more primal dining experience in a relaxed setting, set your sights on Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh’s BBQ Nights at Elements. Taking place every Monday, the BBQ spread here highlights a range of meats and sides fired up on their grills, complete with an array of condiments. So, gather your family and friends, and be sure to come hungry and in the mood to feast.

BBQ Nights at Elements, every Monday 7pm to midnight, Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh, Kingdom Centre, 2239 King Fahd Rd, Al Olaya, Riyadh 12264. Tel: 011 211 5500. @fsriyadh

Tuesday January 24

Travel back in time to the golden age of Hollywood

“Babylon” follows an up-and-coming actress by the name of Nellie LaRoy (Margot Robbie) and movie star Jack Conrad (Brad Pitt) “during an era of unbridled decadence and depravity in early Hollywood”. Then, there’s Manny Torres (Diego Calva), a film assistant who works his way up to becoming a studio executive. And there’s Sidney Palmer (Jovan Adepo), a talented trumpeter who quickly becomes disillusioned by the industry’s inherent racism. Follow these leads who navigate the transition from silent films to ‘talkies’.

Babylon, Drama, Rating R18, 2h 58min. Book your tickets here.

Feel the most extravaganza vibes of Billionaire

From January 24 to 28, celebrate Billionaire’s second anniversary with its Great Gatsby party. You can expect melodious live music, great 1920s vibes, and, of course, the finest and most delicious dishes.

The Great Gatsby at Billionaire Riyadh, Jan 24 to 28, Dabab St, Sulaimaniya, Riyadh. Tel: 9200 11916. @billionaireriyadh

Wednesday January 25

Explore and learn more about the outer space

Always wanted to see the universe from an astronaut’s eyes? Head to the Riyadh Space Fair, which offers live interactive displays to educate visitors of all ages about space science and discoveries. It explores the relationship between humanity and the universe while revealing space secrets throughout history. Visitors will learn more about human missions to space and how they shaped a new understanding of our universe. Plus, there’ll be entertaining and informative games, interactive simulators, such as the ‘Walk on Mars’ experience, and experimenting with techniques used to study the universe like telescopes, satellites and others.

Riyadh Space Fair, Jan 22 to Feb 20, daily 10am to 10pm, King Salman Science Oasis, Al Raed District. Book your tickets here. The price starts from SAR50 and SAR37.50 for a family package. @riyadhspacefair

Indulge in self-care, ladies

Recently opened in Al Malqa district, WTHN Spa is set to become a go-to for a complete pampering paradise. Expect a bright, fun space with the welcoming feel of a local salon. Settle in for a manicure and pedicure, and while you’re there, why not get your hair done, too? Your call.

WTHN Spa, daily 2pm to 10pm, 3620 Al Imam Saud Ibn Faysal Rd, Al Malqa, Riyadh 13522. Tel: 053 831 3030. @wthnspa

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