8 beautiful things to do in Riyadh this weekend: September 7 to 9

Cheers to the weekend…

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.

Here are eight beautiful things to do this weekend.

Thursday September 7

Check out Riyadh’s public library coin collection


Historical coins from around the Arab and Islamic world are prominent artefacts that can reveal the religious, political, economic, social, and artistic events that occurred in the era they originated. There are more than 8,100 historical coins made of gold, silver and other metals that are available to view in the King Abdulaziz Public Library in Riyadh. Some rare and unique coins in the collection include the first Arab Islamic dinar to be minted, given that the coins used in the early Islamic era were minted in non-Islamic countries.

King Abdulaziz Public Library, 4170 Makkah Al Mukarramah Rd, King Abdullah Dt, Riyadh 12421, Sat to Thurs 8am to 8pm.

Free entry to Diriyah has been extended


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If you’ve always wanted to visit Diriyah, now’s definitely the time to make plans and dive into a bit of history, a lot of food, and a ton of fun. Explore the incredibly restored ruins of the prominent citadel of Salwa Palace – the original home of the Al-Saud royal family – in the historic At-Turaif district, before crossing the bridge and making your way down to the restaurant of your choice at Bujairi Terrace.

Free access to Diriyah, At-Turaif and Bujairi Terrace, daily 5pm to midnight (At-Turaif), Thu to Sat 10am to 1am (Bujairi Terrace). @visitdiriyah

A night of finger-licking American BBQ

American BBQ Night

Delve into an unforgettable culinary experience at Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Centre with American BBQ Nights. Served a la carte on Thursday nights at The Grill, the feast begins with a basket of Corn Jalapeno Pull-a-part Bread served with bacon butter, and appetisers, including Crispy Blue Swimmer Crab Cakes and Spiced Grilled Corn Ribs. Choose your mains from Low and Slow US Beef Brisket and Hickory Smoked US Beef Short Ribs to Cajun Spice Barbecue Chicken. Of course, no barbeque would be complete without an abundant array of sides, such as Baked Sweet Potato, Crispy Onion Rings, Southern Coleslaw, as well as mouthwatering desserts. Let’s eat.

American BBQ Nights at The Grill, every Thurs 6pm to midnight, Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Centre, First Floor. SAR350 per guest. For Reservations, please call 011 211 5500. @fsriyadh

Friday September 8

Learn to play the game of golf

If you are considering taking golf lessons but don’t know where to start, look no further than Dirab Golf and Country Club. They’ve just introduced golf programmes so you can be rest assured that you can pick up the game and learn the basics quickly.

Ladies’ Golf Program (6 weeks), SAR650 per person, Fri & Sat 4pm to 5pm. Men’s Development Program (6 weeks), SAR795 per person, Fri & Sat 9am to 10.30am, Tue & Sun 4.30pm to 6pm. To register, email [email protected] or contact Salem at 050 898 0270. @dirabgolfclub

Desert Sound is back

Prepare for a new sound experience by Desert Sound. Meet Klangphonics, the German trio known for producing techno music with a myriad of household items. The group have proven inventive every step of the way to achieve a sound that feels very similar to techno, but at the same time achieves a refreshing tone that is uniquely its own. Joining this new sound experience are our local DJs – Another Architect, Basha, DishDash, NarkBeat and NOA. Don’t miss it.

Desert Sound, Sept 8, 7pm to 3.30am, Laurel Oasis Farm, 7561, Riyadh, PGVM+628 Diriyah. Book your tickets here. The ticket price starts from SAR375. @desertsound.co

Dive into the world of electronic music with White & White

White & White

It’s no secret that underground music events always go wild out in Riyadh. For another music festival this weekend, here’s introducing White & White, a brand-new techno, house, afro, hip-hop and electro gig coming to the capital. Performing artists include DJs Immortal, Leigh Ross, Scoob, Dr K, and Nile Boi. Look forward to fancy decorations and blacklight designs for a unique experience. Also, be sure to come dressed in white to fully immerse yourself in the visual effects.

White & White, Sept 8, 8pm to 3am, Al Ammariyah – Mountain View Resort, Riyadh. Book your tickets here. The price starts from SAR287.50.

Saturday September 9

Load up on schnitzels


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In celebration of National Wiener Schnitzel Day on September 9, Sisi’s Eatery is giving a 50 per cent discount on all its traditional Austrian dishes. Grab your family and friends, head down to Al Nakheel Mall, and enjoy a crispy, golden schnitty. We highly recommend the veal schnitzel – it is thin and light and won’t make you want to crawl up on a sofa somewhere and sleep directly after eating one.

Sisi’s Eatery Riyadh, Al Nakheel Mall, First Floor, Gate 7 (New Extension), daily 9am to midnight. @sisiseateryksa

Catch your favourite Disney stories come to life on ice

Disney On Ice presents “100 Years of Wonder” skates into Riyadh at the BLVD Arena in Boulevard Riyadh City. Relive magical Disney stories with all your favourite characters in a family experience featuring classic Disney songs, incredible stunts and world-class skating, leaving your whole family captivated with memories to last a lifetime.

Disney On Ice, until Sept 20, Boulevard Riyadh City, BLVD Arena, Weekdays 5pm & 9pm, Weekends 2pm, 6pm & 10pm. Book your tickets here. The price ranges from SAR95 to SAR485. @riyadhseason

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