8 fun things to do this weekend in Riyadh: May 11 to May 13

There’s so much to do…

Weekends in Riyadh are some of the best. There’s always so much happening, so it’s kind of like we’re spoilt for choice. So if you’ve been looking for plans for the next 72 hours, we’ve got you.

So, here are all the things to do this weekend in Riyadh you absolutely need to try.

Thursday May 11

Head down to the Via Riyadh opening

Via Riyadh is one of the most luxurious destinations in Riyadh, and it’s finally open to the public. It may be the only place where you can check in to a five-star hotel, shop your way around 20 stylish, visit a first-of-its-kind cinema and dine at some of the world’s finest restaurants.


Jam out at the DJ Mubarak Night


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If you’re after a live gig to check out this weekend, you coubld catch DJ Mubarak in concert. The artist will be performing originals, some unreleased music and bringing along some special guests.

DJ Mubarak in concert, JAX District, Diriyah, 8pm. Book your SAR59 tickets here.. @twh_ksa

Check out Nightlight


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If you are into Riyadh’s underground music scene, listen up. Night Light returns for two days of epic raving at Al-Ammariya Village Resort on Thursday May 11 and Friday May 12. Across the two-day event, expect electrifying sets from Dish Dash, Alaa Jazaeri, Igniter, Darkodelix, Dorar and more. But as well as music, there will be food trucks, face painting, fun activities and plenty of spots to snap the coolest pics.

Night Light Riyadh, Al-Ammariya Village Resort, 8pm to 4am, Thursday May 11 and Friday May 12, from SAR250. @night_light_n

Friday May 12

Have brunch at DoubleTree by Hilton Riyadh Financial District

Fridays are made for brunching and relaxing. And that’s just what you’re going to get at DoubleTree. From classic brunch fare to international cuisine, there’s something for everyone at the buffet. There’ll be bottomless drinks and activities for kiddos to enjoy too.

Friday brunch at DoubleTree by Hilton Riyadh Financial District, Unit 3369, 3606 Northern Ring Rd, Al Ghadir. @dtriyadhfd

Try out Tokyo’s Saad Maki


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Here’s at What’s On, we love ourselves some Japanese food. And the venue is as amazing as Tokyo Riyadh, you best we’re going to be excited about it. Not sure what to order? A must-try item on the menu has to be the Saad Maki. Featuring deep-fried shrimp, crab, sweet potato, mint, and Tokyo’s special sauce, this is one flavour explosion you need to try.

Tokyo Riyadh, Al Urubah Rd, As Sulimaniyah, Wed to Mon 12.30pm to midnight. @tokyo_arabia

Dig into Anatolian eats at Rüya


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A Dubai favourite, Rüya has finally made its way to Riyadh. You can dig into authentic, contemporary Anatolian (Turkish) cuisine. Menu highlights include Marmara, Pides from the Black Sea region, olives from the Aegean Sea and kebabs from Southeastern Anatolia.

Rüya Riyadh, Midtown, Prince Abdulaziz Ibn Musaid Ibn Jalawi St. @ruya_riyadh

Saturday May 13

Last chance to catch Shrek The Musical

From the Kingdom of Far Far Away, Shrek The Musical is currently in town. And Saturday is going to be your last chance to catch the musical in action. Prepare for endless laughter.

Shrek the Musical, The Arena, Riyadh, 7.30pm, May 1 to 13. SAR150 general, SAR250 gold, SAR375 platinum. shrekthemusicalinriyadh.com

Enjoy the Arabic Experience at the Working line

After something unique to do this weekend? You can join in on a celebration of classical Arabic, with full translations in English of course. There will be a live Arabic calligraphy show, horseback archery, and poetry readings.

Arabic Experience at Working Line, Janadriyah, 4pm to 6pm. SAR250 per person. @workingline_equestrian