7 great things to do in Riyadh this week: January 8 to 11

New things to do and see in the capital…

As always, there is a host of fantastic things to get up to this week. So, whether you’re looking to try out new seasonal drinks or a new family-friendly attraction, there’s plenty to do.

Here is our pick of seven great things to do in Riyadh this week.

Sunday January 8

1. Try these wonderful winter drinks from Yauatcha

Yauatcha winter drinks

Yauatcha has just introduced stunning mocktails for you to try this winter. Nothing starts the week off quite like the Abha. Made with cranberries and caviar cranberries, it is a playful drink that is sure to wake up your palate. For a unique blend of fruity flavours with a signature taste, try the Oasis. While the sweet tang and luxe texture are sure to impress, it’s the dates on top that will get your drinks to a kicking start. And, of course, winter mocktails don’t get much better than this – Yauatcha’s Espresso Spicetini topped with a white chocolate flower puts a delicious spin on a classic. We’ll cheers to that.

Yauatcha, Mode Mall, Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Rd, Al Olaya, Riyadh 12212, daily noon to midnight. @yauatchariyadh

Monday January 9

2. Expecting? This yoga studio offers a prenatal yoga class

pregnancy yoga

Calling all mums-to-be. If you’re pregnant and looking for ways to relax or stay fit, Pure Yoga offers a pregnancy yoga class for you to head to (and let’s face it, we all know prenatal yoga is rare to come by here). Its prenatal yoga class is designed to achieve a balance of physical, mental, and emotional well-being, with a focus on stamina and relaxation of both body and mind. Plus, you’ll also get to meet and bond with other pregnant mums.

Pregnancy Yoga, 12pm, Jan 9, Pure Yoga, Takhassusi Branch Rd, Riyadh 12364. You can book the session through the Pure Yoga app. @pureyogasa

3. Head to Billionaire for a perfect night out

Billionaire Riyadh is sure to give you one memorable night out with plenty of entertainment. Expect an exquisite dining experience of Italian and new-Asian dishes with an innovative live show – featuring a live music band, violinist and saxophonist – that brings together music, dance, food, and drink in one glittering package.

Live Entertainment at Billionaire Riyadh, until Jan 14, 7pm to 1.30am, Al Dabbab Street, Al Sulaimaniyah, Riyadh 12243. Tel: 9200 11916. @billionaireriyadh

Tuesday January 10

4. Pop in the new Fenaa Alawwal Cultural Centre

The Saudi Ministry of Culture has opened its first cultural centre, Fenaa Alawwal, in the Diplomatic Quarter. Housed in a white cylindrical edifice with traditional geometric patterns, the cultural and creative hub will offer a wide range of cultural activities, including exhibitions and workshops, and bring together a diverse community of thinkers, creators and leading talents. The centre also includes a library dedicated to art books and a café.

Fenaa Alawwal Cultural Centre, Mon to Thurs 9am to 10pm, Fri 4pm to 10pm & Sat 10am to 10pm, Diplomatic Quarter, Riyadh 12512. @mocsaudi

5. Check out Riyadh Season’s 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. There’s also a section for rare luxury cars, a range of shops selling souvenirs from movies and TV shows, and an array of food kiosks.

Riyadh Imagination Park, Jan 10 to 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 11

6. 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

7. Watch Real Madrid go head-to-head with Valencia

The Spanish Super Cup is back, with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Real Betis and Valencia vying for supremacy. Valencia – currently 10th in La Liga – has the daunting task of facing Real Madrid on Jan 11 in the first semi, and you can catch the live action at the King Fahd International Stadium.

Supercopa de Espana 2023 – Real Madrid CF vs Valencia CF, Jan 11, 10pm, King Fahd International Stadium. Book your tickets here. The ticket price starts from SAR92.

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