7 fantastic things to do in Riyadh this weekend: March 23 to 25

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Get the scoop on all the fantastic things to do this weekend in Riyadh. Plus, the month of Ramadan has begun, and we’ve scoured some delectable iftar menus. Read on to find out how else you can make the most out of this weekend in the capital.

Thursday March 23

Roam and explore at Plenty


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At Plenty, you don’t need to be persuaded to add a couple more hours to your shopping spree. Equipped with a lifestyle store, cafes and restaurants, and a beauty salon, there are loads to do in this multi-concept space. Browse through regional designer collectables and prints, homewares, fashion, and cool accessories.

Plenty, Northern Ring Branch Rd, An Nakheel, Riyadh 12385. Ramadan hours: daily 4pm to 3am. @plenty_sa

Celebrate Ramadan with Tokyo’s special platter

Tokyo maki platter Ramadan

Host a lovely iftar at home this Ramadan with ‘Tokyo Gathering’ Ramadan maki platter created specifically for delivery and takeaway. For SAR139, it features 30 pieces of Tokyo’s delectable selection of best-sellers and stand-out maki rolls, including the signature Saad Maki, Sultan Maki, and Crunchy Crazy California – perfect for three to four persons. Orders must be placed a minimum of 24 hours in advance via Jahez and TheChefz apps from 4pm to 2am. But if you plan on dining in, don’t miss out on its limited-edition date cake dessert, topped with cotton floss, gold leaves, and saffron sauce. Yum.

Tokyo, two locations: Al Urubah Road in Sulaimania & Veranda F&B in Al-Ghadir. Ramadan hours: daily from 6pm to 2am. Both the ‘Tokyo Gathering’ Ramadan maki platter and date cake will be available throughout Ramadan. @tokyo_arabia

Friday March 24

Sweet treats for your Ramadan gifting

Bateel Ramadan collection

There is no better gift than boxes of Bateel’s luxurious collection of dates and chocolates to give your loved ones. From wooden and carton gift sets to bespoke trays and opulent hampers, its exquisite Ramadan Collection is crafted to fuse authentic Middle Eastern aesthetics with contemporary craftsmanship. Each box is hand-painted using skilful techniques that utilise complementary colours, mirrored silhouettes and vibrant motifs. All the gift sets are customisable and can be filled with an assortment of Bateel’s finest selection of premium organic dates, delectable single-origin chocolates and gourmet delicacies.

Bateel’s Ramadan Collection is now available in all boutiques and online.

Smash your way around a padel court

KAFD Padel Zone

A chic, contemporary setting, Padel Zone in KAFD provides equipped courts for a great game of padel, with designated viewing areas for family and friends. For just SAR50, all you need is four people (two players per team), and you’ll get to play for an hour.

Padel Zone, KAFD, Al Aqiq, Mar 23 to Apr 19, 7pm to 3am. Book the court here. SAR50 per hour for four people, including rackets and balls.

Indulge in a grand iftar affair at Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya’s new Ramadan tent

Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya iftar tent

Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya’s Ramadan Tent, The Loulou’a, is back with a new and elegant look. The design pays homage to Arabesque design while the menu has a buffet selection of dishes from Saudi Arabia, the Levantine region, Morocco, and Egypt, as well as European and East Asian favourites. There are also live stations with charcoal tea and a grill corner on offer.

The Loulou’a Ballroom – Ramadan Tent at Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya, Olaya Street, Al Olaya, Riyadh 11433. SAR350+ per person. Tel: 053 341 1234. @hyattregencyriyadholaya

Saturday March 25

Try this state-of-the-art virtual reality experience

Prepare to be transported to a new world at Dreamscape’s first-ever experience in Saudi Arabia. Located on the first floor of Riyadh Park Mall, the venue features four epic adventures to provide visitors with the magic of immersive and full-sensory storytelling. Guests are invited to soar to new heights and perform a daring rescue mission in DreamWorks Dragons: Flight Academy; a journey to a wildlife refuge of intergalactic creatures in Alien Zoo; leap into a daring adventure to find a cursed treasure in Curse of the Lost Pearl: A Magic Projector Adventure; or suit up as agents and save the universe from the extra-terrestrial world in MIB: First Assignment.

Dreamscape, First Floor, Riyadh Park Mall, Gate 3, Sat to Wed 11am to 12.30am, Thurs 11am to 2.30am & Fri 1pm to 2.30am. Suitable for ages 10 and above. @dreamscapeksa

Check out the free Van Cleef & Arpels exhibition

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.

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