6 wonderful things to do in Riyadh this weekend: January 12 to 14

Lining up plans for this weekend?

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 six wonderful things to do in Riyadh this weekend.

Thursday January 12

1. Dip into an alternative reality with your meal


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Neon café LookUp is a sensory overload of fluorescent colours and glowing lights. With its lit interiors an always-festive vibe, picking this as the next go-to for a night out with friends will be easy. The café serves up indulgent grub like onion rings, pasta, pizza, and burger, but be sure to try their assortment of drinks, too. The place also draws in the crowds with its hookah offering.

LookUp, Prince Turki Bin Abdulaziz Althani St, Al Muruj, Riyadh 12283, Sat to Wed 4pm to 3.30am, Thurs & Fri 4pm to 5am. Not suitable for those under 18. Tel: 059 666 6830. @lookup_cafe

2. Get the best offer on Riyadh Season zones

Riyadh Season long weekend ticket offer

This weekend just got a lot more fun. If you’re looking for ways to save money on the Riyadh Season entrance tickets, enjoy the long weekend ticket offer. For just SAR200, you’ll get access to four zones – the Boulevard World, Boulevard Riyadh City, Winter Wonderland, and Riyadh Imagination Park – and enjoy The Little Prince and Charlie Chaplin musicals at Boulevard Riyadh City.

Riyadh Season Long Weekend Ticket (Four zones and two shows), SAR200, 3pm to 2am, only for Jan 12 to 15. Book your tickets here. One-time access for each zone and ticket can be used within the four days, based on preference. @riyadhseason

3. Watch Real Betis go head-to-head with FC Barcelona

The Spanish Super Cup continues tonight (Thursday January 12) at the King Fahd International Stadium as Real Betis and FC Barcelona face each other in the semifinals. The winner will then take on Real Madrid in Sunday’s final.

Supercopa de Espana 2023 – Real Betis vs FC Barcelona, Jan 12, 10pm (Gates open at 5pm), King Fahd International Stadium. Book your tickets here. The ticket price starts from SAR143.75. @diriyahseason

Friday January 13

4. Celebrate world gluten-free week with A.O.K Kitchen

AOK Kitchen pancakes

If you’re coeliac, intolerant or otherwise, A.O.K. Kitchen has got your gluten-free back. Renowned for its inclusive food philosophy, A.O.K. will celebrate World Gluten-Free Day on January 13 for an entire week by highlighting its unparalleled gluten-free offering. The kitchen rolls out plenty of decent stuff – from pancakes, pumpkin soup and truffle gnocchi to honey-roasted salmon and an assortment of delicious desserts and freshly baked bread. To further commemorate the inaugural gluten-free day, A.O.K Kitchen has curated limited edition hampers (SAR250) filled with irresistible gluten-free goodies, such as A.O.K. Kitchen’s signature jams and legendary granola. It’s also perfect as a gift for someone who is mindful of their gluten consumption.

A.O.K Kitchen, KAFD, Al Aqiq, Riyadh 13519, daily 7am to 10.30pm. Tel: 9200 25304. @aokkitchensaudi

5. Fun for everyone at the second edition of the Prince Khalid Bin Abdullah Cup

racing season

King Abdulaziz Racecourse in Riyadh is set to host the second running of the Prince Khalid Bin Abdullah Cup, highlighting the enduring horse racing legacy of the legendary Saudi Arabian owner-breeder. The race will take place on Friday January 13, in ceremony No. 83 in the sixth round of the Kings Cups nights. Watch the runners and riders burst from the stalls in a blur of colour and beating hooves – it’s truly an unforgettable sight. Plus, off track, there’s a host of activities for all the family and plenty of food options available. So, head down to the racecourse and make memories with your family and friends.

Prince Khalid Bin Abdullah Cup, King Abdulaziz Racecourse, Jan 13. Buy your tickets here. SAR10 per person for the general admission ticket. @JCSA_Racing

Saturday January 14

6. Shop at Riyadh Market in downtown Tahliah Street

Open every Saturday, this farmer’s market is not new to the market scene. The Riyadh Market is a popular choice amongst locals for its quality and diversity in fresh produce and artisanal goods. There’s a fun, convivial atmosphere at the market, with delicious street food and games for children.

Riyadh Market, every Sat, 2pm to 10pm, Tahliah Street.