10 wonderful things to do in Riyadh this week: April 2 to April 5

Movie screenings, footie events, and more…

Every week in Riyadh is a fun one, there’s always something fun to do, a new place to check out, or some footie action to kick into too.

There are so many incredible things to do in Riyadh this week, so if you want to make plans, you’ve come to the right place. Here are the best ones.

Sunday April 2

Catch a screening at JAX District


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If you’ve been looking for a brand-new way to spend your post-iftar times, head to the JAX District. You can watch a brand-new screening of an indie movie that combines a documentary-style video about wool processed by machine and how it’s related to the Sufi dance.

Wool documentary, JAX District, 11.11pm. Book your free spot here. @sidra.arts

Register for the Red Bull Four 2 Score

Footie fans and players, listen up. Saudi’s going to be hosting its first-ever version of the Red Bull Four 2 Score. The tournament is on until Saturday April 8, and you can register for your spot here. The team is centred around teams of four which gives amateur players a chance to showcase their skills.

For more information visit: redbull.com

See an episode of Otr Elkalam


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The eleventh episode of Otr Elkalam (the essence of words) is almost here. The program is one of the first competitions of its kind. Combining together beautiful Qur’anic recitation and the call to prayer (adhan), the competition is brought to you by the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) and MBC. You can watch the show online on YouTube.


Monday April 3

Check out the Ghabga event


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Returning for its sixth edition, Ghabga is a super popular event every Ramadan. The event is divided into multiple pop-up stores you can shop at like Ama Perfumes and Abaya Perfumes, and clothing stores like Hash Apparel and Peer Less Concept Store too. You can prep for more Ramadan Nights, or Eid Al-Fitr too.

Ghabga Event, until Saturday April 8, Imam abdullah bin saud bin abdulaziz road, Gharnatah. @ghabga_event

Shop till you drop at the swap shop

In the market for your next incredible shopping piece? You need to check out the swap shop happening at Boulevard Riyadh City right now.  The event held by the Saudi Fashion Commission will be happening until Wednesday April 5. The point is, you can swap your pre-loved clothing and accessories for other used items or new items provided by Cenomi Retail.

Swap Shop, until Wed Apr 5, A Fashion House, Boulevard Riyadh City, daily 9pm to 1.30am. @fashionmoc

Tuesday April 4

Try visiting the Ramadan District

Been looking forward to all the Ramadan activities? You need to check out the Ramadan District by Ramadan Season. Located in the Al Nada Gardens, you can have fun at the event from 9pm to 3am. You can dig into meals prepared by some of the top chefs, and cool cultural activities too.

Ramadan District, Al Nada Gardens, Al Nada District, daily 9pm to 3am. Book your free spot here. @ramadanseasonsa

Experience the Fawanees Ramadan experience at Al Faisaliah Hotel

Al Faisaliah Hotel will be welcoming you into an incredibly luxurious iftar at Prince Sultan Grand Hall. Called the Fawanees iftar experience, here you can enjoy cool vibes, top-tier food, and more. You can dig into a diverse selection of cuisines, featuring Arabic classics and international favourites, complete with live cooking stations as well as hot and cold Ramadan drinks. Iftar for adults is priced at SAR435 and the all-inclusive gold package is SAR550, kids between the ages of seven and 12 can enjoy iftar at SAR218, and kids below the age of seven can have iftar for free.

Fawanees Experience at Al Faisaliah Hotel, King Fahd Rd, Al Olaya, daily 5.30pm to 9pm. @alfaisaliahhotel

Wednesday April 5

Dig into Sumosan’s iftar


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Sumosan Riyadh is one of the coolest new Japanese restaurants in Riyadh, and you can head here for a fun iftar or suhoor. Take bites out of a contemporary Ramadan dish-sharing platter and a stunning ambience to elevate your experience.

Sumosan Riyadh, Laysen Valley, Umm Al Hamam Al Gharbi, Building 25, daily 6pm to 2am. @sumosan.riyadh

Check out the At-Turaif Retrospective: Descendants


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If you want to immerse yourself in the history of Saudi Arabia, Diriyah is where you want to go. The second instalment of the experience just launched this Ramadan. You can watch a collection of documentary-style short films, and see a range of different perspectives to gain a deeper understanding of the human story of the landscape of Diriyah.

At-Turaif Retrospective: Descendants, Prince Meshari Bin Saud Palace, daily 9.30pm to 2am. @visitdiriyah

Palmeras Arabian Nights Festival in Riyadh

Looking for a brand-new festival in Riyadh to attend? No problem. You can go to the Riyadh Palmeras Arabian Nights Festival. You may check out everything from classic automobile theatre performances to an open bazaar and a Ramadan tent at the event.

Palmeras Arabian Nights Festival, until Wednesday April 19, Omar Ibn Abd Al Latif, King Khalid International Airport, daily 4pm to 2am. You can book your tickets here for SAR35. 

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