7 incredible things to do in Riyadh this week: February 5 to 8

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 seven incredible things to do in Riyadh this week.

Sunday February 5

Tuwaiq Sculpture 2023 opens its exhibition

Tuwaiq Sculpture

Be amazed by 30 large-scale public artworks that have just been completed after 26 days of live sculpting on the grounds of Durrat Al Riyadh. The sculptures, carved out of granite and Riyadh stone, will be exhibited in situ for six days, from Sunday February 5 to Friday February 10. The exhibition is accompanied by a packed agenda of panel talks in both Arabic and English, and on-site tours are also available. Discussions will cover relevant contemporary sculpture and art topics, featuring leading experts and artists. The talks, open to all and free of charge, can be booked on the Riyadh Art website.

Tuwaiq Sculpture 2023 Exhibition, 1.30pm to 10pm on Feb 5 & 4pm to 10pm on Feb 6 to 10, Durrat Al Riyadh. @riyadhartofficial

Monday February 6

Attend the LEAP tech conference


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One of the region’s leading technology conferences, LEAP, kicks off its second edition in Riyadh. Taking place from Monday February 6 to Thursday February 9 at the Riyadh Front Centre for Exhibitions and Conventions, the conference will be launched under the title “Towards New Horizons”. With more than 700 speakers from 50 countries and 900 local and international companies expected to attend, this year’s event is set to address several topics, including the innovative economy, financial technologies, smart cities, health technologies, the fourth industrial revolution, clean technology, retail trade, and the future of energy and educational technologies. Speakers include football legend Thierry Henry, entrepreneur Steven Bartlett, and Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology, H.E. Abdullah AlSwaha.

LEAP, Feb 6 to 9, from 10.30am, Riyadh Front Expo Centre. Register here. @leapandinnovate

Check out Riyadh’s new dining destination

Food enthusiasts, there’s a new dining destination that has just opened. Ramla Terraza brings four new dining concepts to tempt your tastebuds. Here, residents can dine at top restaurants with big international names opening, such as Argentinian steakhouse Brute, contemporary Japanese restaurant Clap, Jones the Grocer, and Iris Café.

Ramla Terraza, 6pm onwards, King Fahd Branch Rd, As Sahafah, Riyadh 13321. Reservations for all the restaurants at Ramla Terraza can be made via The Chefz app. @ramlaterraza

Tuesday February 7

Josh Duhamel is the reason to see “Bandit”

The film tells the true story of Gilbert Galvan Jr (Josh Duhamel), a man who flees a Michigan prison for Ottawa in 1984. He robs 59 banks and jewellery stores across Canada during the following four years (under the assumed name Robert Whiteman) by disguising himself as an innocent bystander whilst on the premises and leaving unnoticed as the police arrive. He finds romance with homeless shelter manager Andrea Hudson (Elisha Cuthbert), but her relatively conventional morals and work ethic mean he has to conceal his criminal activities from her. When Galvan turns to lifetime gangster Tommy (Mel Gibson) for a bigger investment, he’s being dragged into the biggest heist jobs… and into the direct sight of the brilliant Detective Snydes (Nestor Carbonell), who will stop at nothing to bring him down.

Bandit, Action, Rating R18, 2h 05min. Book your tickets here.

The Noor Riyadh art exhibition has been extended

If you haven’t heard, Noor Riyadh’s accompanying exhibition, “From Spark to Spirit,” has been extended until Friday March 10. Held at JAX district, it traces the role light plays in shaping our relationship with a world in which light itself has become a signal of change, exploring themes such as the “Technologies of Light”, “Architectonics of Light”, and “Consciousness of Light”. So, whether you’re an art enthusiast or just looking for somewhere fun to hang out with your loved ones, don’t miss this interesting art exhibition. Read here for some of our favourite installations.

“From Spark to Spirit Noor Riyadh Art Exhibition, until Mar 10, 4pm to midnight, JAX 03, JAX District. @noorriyadhfestival

Wednesday February 8

Explore Boulevard World, the largest zone in Riyadh Season

The multicultural Boulevard World, one of the most anticipated Riyadh Season zones, takes visitors on a trip to 11 countries, complete with a host of family-friendly entertainment and activities. It also has the largest man-made lake in the world, where boats can travel between cities through 11 stations, and features Area 15 experience from Las Vegas and The Sphere, the biggest spherical theatre in the world.

Boulevard World, until Mar 22, SAR100 for weekdays & SAR150 for weekends. Book your tickets here. @riyadhseason

Be captivated by the dazzling performances at Diriyah Nights

Diriyah Nights

Still have yet to check out Diriyah Nights? If you enjoy live performances, catch the daily shows featuring some of the best Saudi and regional artists. Curated by The Fridge, music and culture fans can look forward to a magical atmosphere, with the historic city of Diriyah providing a stunning backdrop. You will be treated to the hypnotic rhythms of Diriyah Heartbeat; spellbinding melodies of Arabic music from the professional Nay player, the reverberating beat of the gong and crystal bowls, as well as the sounds of singers and poets, blissful compositions of harpists, and nature-inspired percussive melodies.

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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