8 incredible things to do in Riyadh this week: January 29 to February 1

What’s on this week…

Whether you’re after a new dining destination, cultural events or ways to kickstart your week, we have got you covered. Here are eight incredible things to do in Riyadh this week.

Sunday January 29

Jamie’s Italian chain comes to The View Mall

Jamie's Italian The View Mall

Located on the ground floor of The View Mall, Jamie’s Italian’s second venue in Riyadh features stunning pizza ovens and live cooking stations where guests can see the kitchen in action. Guests can now savour various flavours at this family-friendly, casual dining concept, which offers plenty of antipasti, freshly made pasta, crisp salads, oven-baked crispy pizza and decadent desserts. Their homestyle meals are packed with flavour, featuring modern twists on Italian favourites such as the Baked Lasagne, the iconic Ultimate Plank with classic bites, and Harissa Chicken Bake. There are also plenty of scrumptious vegetarian options.

Jamie’s Italian, The View Mall, Ground Floor, Sun to Wed 9am to 11.30pm, Fri 1pm to 12.30am, Thurs & Sat 9am to 12.30am. @jamiesitaliangcc

Guided tour on an electric scooter around Diriyah


Explore the landmarks and old streets of Diriyah aboard an easy and fun-to-use electronic scooter. Your guided tour will take you around with freedom like no other mode of transportation – plus, with a serious fun factor.

Evening Ride by Electric Scooter, Jan 29, 5.30pm to 6.30pm, Diriyah, Riyadh. Book here. SAR69 per person. @hao_saudi

Monday January 30

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, until Feb 20, daily 10am to 10pm, King Salman Science Oasis, Al Raed District. Book your tickets here. The price starts from SAR65 and SAR48.75 for a family package. @riyadhspacefair

Warm up with a hot chocolate treat

One of Riyadh’s little gems, La Romana dal 1947 is well known for its gelato. However, a lesser-known fact is that it also serves an indulgent take on hot chocolate. Forget milky, marshmallow and whipped-cream concoctions: here the drink comes to you thick and rich. A real, grown-up treat.

La Romana dal 1947, The Zone, Al Takhassousi, Al Mohammadiyyah, Riyadh 12362, Sat to Thurs noon to midnight & Fri 1pm to 1am. @laromanadal1947_ksa

Tuesday January 31

Check out the free Van Cleef & Arpels exhibition

Van Cleef & Arpels

Jewellery fans, you won’t want to miss this Van Cleef & Arpels exhibition at the National Museum of Saudi Arabia. Visitors can discover an enchanting vision in which the High Jewellery Maison’s expert craftsmanship and pursuit of harmony come together as a true art form. The show is divided into three themes – Time, Nature and Love – and there’ll be around 280 pieces from Van Cleef & Arpels’ patrimonial collection, alongside pieces from private collections and archive documents on display.

Van Cleef & Arpels: Time, Nature, Love Exhibition, until April 15, The National Museum of Saudi Arabia, Halls 1 & 2, Mon to Wed & Sat 9am to 7pm, Thurs 9am to 10pm, Fri 2pm to 10pm. The Event is free, but a ticket is required to enter.

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.

Wednesday February 1

Stay longer for less at Courtyard by Marriott Riyadh Northern Ring Road

Courtyard by Marriott Riyadh Northern Ring Road

Make the most of a weekend getaway with this special offer at Courtyard by Marriott Riyadh Northern Ring Road. Guests who book their stay from Wednesdays to Sundays can enjoy a 15 per cent discount on their room rate whilst enjoying daily offers at the hotel’s restaurant. Offering stunning views of the city from its outdoor terrace, the hotel is perfect for those looking to get away for the weekend to their home away from home.

Courtyard by Marriott Riyadh Northern Ring Road, Northern Ring Rd, Al Murooj District, Olaya Street, Riyadh 11491. Minimum stays apply. To book your stay, email [email protected] or contact +966 11 521 0000.

Enjoy an evening of Arabic music, culture and food

The second edition of Diriyah Nights is set to provide visitors with an exceptional experience in the heart of Diriyah. There will be artistic performances and live music, in addition to the Diriyah Nights’ singing stars sessions. Visitors can also indulge in one of the many culinary experiences offered during Diriyah Nights, which range from fine dining restaurants and cafes to food carts.

Diriyah Nights, until Feb 22, Sun to Thurs 5pm to 2am, Fri & Sat 4pm to 2am, Ad Diriyah. Book your tickets here. SAR138 per person. @diriyahseason

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