10 wonderful things to do in Riyadh this weekend: March 9 to 11

Have a great one…

Looking for activities to do with your friends and family? Gear up and grab your crew for a day of fun adventure and activities in Riyadh. From family-friendly activities to a lavish brunch, here are ten wonderful things to do in Riyadh this weekend.

Thursday March 9

Have your next business lunch meeting at Tokyo

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Here’s another spot to add to your lunch meetings. Tokyo, the first Japanese restaurant in the Kingdom, has curated two stellar lunch set menus. Fitted with nature-inspired décor featuring bamboo trees, wooden elements, calming water features, and zen stones, Tokyo’s atmosphere reflects a fusion of Japanese style combined with a modern and upbeat feel. Priced at SAR135, the set lunch options include miso soup, gyoza, and a choice of Maki Rolls platter comprising Crunchy Crazy California, Crispy Salmon Roll, and Sweet Dragon sushi rolls or Teppanyaki (beef, chicken or salmon) served with steamed Japanese rice for mains. You may also pair your tantalising meal with Tokyo’s fruit-infused mocktails, such as the Tokyo Berry Blast and Peach Perfect, and a wide selection of desserts.

Tokyo Arabia, two locations: Al Urubah Road, Al Sulaimaniya & Veranda F&B, Al Ghadir. The business lunch menu is available from Sun to Thurs, 12.30pm to 5pm. Tel: 9200 09662. @tokyo_arabia

Catch a theatrical show celebrating Saudi Arabia’s culture

For an original, live theatrical spectacle that explores the culture of Saudi Arabia, check out ‘Terhal’. Featuring acrobatics, stunts, aerial performance, and dazzling special effects alongside traditional Saudi art and dance, you’ll be taken on an adventure that explores ambitions, dreams, and the vital role the Kingdom’s heritage and people play in shaping the future. The journey follows Saad, a young Saudi studying in Riyadh. He travels across time and place to encounter friends, danger, and the intensity of nature, all to discover that the key to the future lies in the country’s heritage. As a result, ‘Terhal’ isn’t just a captivating piece of theatre, but a celebration of the beauty and talents contemporary Saudi Arabia shares with audiences for the first time ever.

Terhal, until Mar 19, 8pm & 11pm, Diriyah 13714. Book your tickets here. The ticket price starts from SAR200. @mocsaudi

A weekend in Havana


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Start the weekend with the best energy at MNKY HSE’s tropical ‘Weekend In Havana’ experience. Enjoy Cuban-inspired beats, plus a live band and performances by Rebbi, tropical decor and tempt your tastebuds with a tantalising array of MNKY HSE signature dishes.

Weekend in Havana, Mar 9 to 11, 6.30pm to 1am, MNKY HSE, 6927 Prince Turki Bin Abdulaziz Al Awal Rd, Hittin, Riyadh 13512. Tel: 800 440 0041. @mnkyhseksa

Friday March 10

Strawberry picking at a local farm

What’s better than eating red, juicy strawberries? Picking them yourself. At Hanging Strawberry Gardens, you get to hand-select what you bring home while making memories and enjoying a one-of-a-kind experience.

Hanging Strawberry Gardens, Fridays, 7am to 10.30am & 1.30pm until sunset, Al Amariah, Riyadh 13726. SAR30 for each box of strawberries. Tel: 053 791 3881. @hanging_strawberry_gardens       

Experience the desert with your five senses


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Immerse yourself in a one-of-a-kind event that will awaken your five senses and leave you mesmerised. Here’s introducing ‘MesMerize’, the ultimate desert experience brought to you by RawEscapes and BeatNation. Look forward to a day and night filled with exciting activities featuring a line-up of incredible local, regional, and international artists. From live performances to DJ sets, you’ll be treated to an unforgettable showcase of talent. ‘MesMerize’ is the perfect opportunity to escape the city and explore the stunning beauty of the desert. Experience the breathtaking scenery, savour the delicious food, and connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion for music and adventure.

Escape & Mesmerize, Mar 10, 2pm to 4am. Register here. SAR550 for a day experience by Raw Escapes, SAR400 for a night experience by Beat Nation & SAR700 for the full experience. @rawescapes

Get the giggles at this stand-up comedy show


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Smile Entertainment, the pioneer producers of stand-up comedy in Saudi Arabia, has lined up comedian Rehman Akhtar and his friends to entertain audiences at Muvi Xperience for a fun night of laughter. So, gather the troops and enjoy popcorn, drinks, and chuckle-worthy jokes. From slapstick jokes to family-friendly humour, they’ll be giving you some belly-aching guffaws. The ticket also includes access to Boulevard Riyadh City so you can continue the fun after the show.

Big Night Out with Rehman & Friends Stand-Up Comedy Show, Mar 10, 8pm (Doors open at 7.15pm), Muvi Xperience, Boulevard Riyadh City. Only 15-year-olds and above are allowed. Book your tickets here. SAR235 per person. The ticket includes a small popcorn and a soft drink. @smileentksa

Fight Night at Syrup Lounge


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Wrestling fans interested in watching Saudi Arabia’s very own local pro wrestling can head to the Syrup Lounge this weekend. Naif and Makke will battle in a bout that will keep fans entertained throughout.

Saudi Pro Wrestling: Naif vs Makke, Mar 10, 9pm to 11.30pm, Syrup Stage, 9038 Prince Faisal Bin Bandar Bin Abdul Aziz Road, Riyadh 13324. Book your tickets here. SAR75 per person. @syrupllc

Saturday March 11

Partake in a leisurely weekend afternoon over Cantonese classics


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There’s no better place to be at than Yauatcha for its classic Cantonese dishes. Diners headed for its weekend brunch will be spoilt for choice as the menu features a variety of mouthwatering Dim Sum, signature dishes and innovative mocktails to fill any heart’s desire.

Brunch Weekends at Yauatcha, every Fri & Sat, noon to 6pm, Yauatcha, Mode Mall, Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Rd, Al Olaya, Riyadh 12212. SAR270 per person. Tel: 9200 06555. @yauatchariyadh

Non-stop action and adventures for kids


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Are you on the hunt for the best kids’ club that will keep your little ones busy and active? Look no further than the CORE Kids Club. Fun, highly engaging and interactive, CORE Kids Club is open to children aged five to 12 years old and provides classes such as swimming and aqua games, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and other sports activities and games that combine fitness activity with exercises to draw on their physical skills in coordination, strength, agility and flexibility. The best part? Parents can relax and enjoy “me time” at CORE Social Wellness Club’s CORE Spa or enjoy a delicious meal at the Encore Restaurant.

CORE Kids Club, CORE Social Wellness Club, Sat to Thurs 6am to 11pm & Fri 2pm to 11pm, Diplomatic Quarter, Al Safarat, Riyadh. The Saturday Kids Club activities are free for CORE members. Tel: 9200 01223. @core.riyadh

Get crafty at this free wood carving class

The Epigraphy Wood Carving session is all about family-friendly crafting. And this weekend, through an inspiring tour of the epigraphy totems presented within the National Museum, there’s a woodworking course designed specifically for kids and adults. Learn about traditional epigraphy and how they are carved, and try your hand at basic wood carving using traditional carving tools. For those who are simply taking a gander at woodworking to see if it’s something you will enjoy, then this is for you.

Epigraphy Wood Carving, Mar 11, 3pm to 4.30pm (Kids) & 5pm to 7.30pm (Adults). Book your spot here. The National Museum of Saudi Arabia. The event is free, but a ticket is required to enter.

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