8 wonderful things to do in Riyadh this weekend: October 12 to 14

Cheers to the weekend…

Yes, the weekend is finally here. If you still haven’t made plans yet, we’ve rounded up a few options for you. Gear up and grab your crew for a day of fun adventure and activities in Riyadh.

Here are eight wonderful things to do in Riyadh this weekend.

Thursday October 12

Guest chefs take over Elemental kitchen for a sociable supper club dining

Bring a sense of adventure and a rumbling belly and let internationally acclaimed chefs Maria Bizri and Briony Lewis, who will be taking over the kitchen at Elemental Restaurant this weekend, do the rest. Taking place on Thursday October 12 and Friday October 13, ‘A Taste of Luxury: Fine Dining Unveiled’ is the first of a series of supper clubs that the duo is launching. The two will be presenting a seven-course menu complete with a mocktail pairing by the incredible mixologists at Elemental and enlivened by great music. Drawing inspiration from supper clubs, this event is as much about food as it is about bringing people together around a dining table. Today is the last day for you to score a spot.

A Taste of Luxury: Fine Dining Unveiled by Chefs Maria Bizri and Briony Lewis, Oct 12 & 13, Elemental Bar & Lounge, Al Olaya, Riyadh 12241. For reservations, please contact Maria Bizri at 055 296 3942 or WhatsApp +852 9300 7557. Limited tickets available at SAR850 per ticket. @elemental.ksa

An exhibition showcasing the evolution of music in Saudi Arabia


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It’s the last day of the Fenaaphone Exhibition at Diplomatic Quarter’s newest art and creative hub, Fenaa Alawwal. This one-of-a-kind archival collection of Saudi artist Saad Al-Howede encapsulates the nostalgic music of the Kingdom’s heritage. The event is one of the first to spotlight the emergence of the Saudi pop music scene through a curated dialogue within the timeframe of the late 1950s to the 2000s while also promoting discussion around its significance today.

Fenaaphone Exhibition, until Oct 12, Mon to Thurs 9am to 10pm, Fri to Sun 4pm to 10pm, Fenaa Alawwal, Diplomatic Quarter. @fenaaalawwal

Party high in the sky


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Did someone say rooftop party in Riyadh? For all you party folks, this gig is about to elevate your nightlife experience – literally. MDLBeast presents FOWG, part of its rooftop series in Riyadh. If you’ve ever wanted to dance under the stars with the city’s skyline as your backdrop, you’re in for a treat. The line-up for FOWG’s second event showcases a powerhouse all-female DJ roster: Solskin, Kayan, and Sam Divine, and they are ready to showcase their incredible talents and unique styles. From the moment the first beat drops, you’ll be transported to a world of non-stop energy and electrifying rhythms.

FOWG: Rooftop Experience in Riyadh, Oct 12, 9pm to 2am, 4.04 KAFD, Al Aqiq, Riyadh 13519. The ticket price starts from SAR499 and can be purchased here. @mdlbeast

Friday October 13

Indulge in a delectable brunch buffet

JW Marriott’s beautiful garden kicks off the weekend with its Flavours Unite by JW brunch from 1pm to 5pm on Fridays. There are live cooking stations, selections of hot and cold mezze, and an array of sweet treats, which can all be enjoyed in the hotel’s indoor and outdoor settings. The brunch will feature the best of JW Steakhouse, JW Glass Garden and Kitchen on Three.

Flavours Unite by JW, every Fri, 1pm to 5pm, JW Marriott Hotel, King Fahd Rd, Sahafah District, Riyadh 11564. SAR350 per person. @jwmarriottriyadh

Shop for fine jewellery and watches at CLÉ

Whether you’re on the market for a diamond engagement ring, a birthday gift, or a new bauble to treat yourself, head over to CLÉ at VIA Riyadh. Founded by Saudi entrepreneur Yasmine Alshathry, CLÉ brings you the best of independent watch and fine jewellery brands. What’s more, their styles run the gamut from classic to whimsical, which means whether you’re buying for yourself or a gift recipient, there’s a design for every taste.

CLÉ, VIA Riyadh, daily noon to 11pm. @werecle

Head to Hong for dinner

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It’s the reboot we’ve all been waiting for – a return of The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh’s Chinese fine dining restaurant, Hong, with a new chef at the helm. The upgraded menu at Hong is a treasure trove of Chinese culinary delights, masterfully recreated to perfection. From tempting appetisers like Sichuan-style Kou Shui chicken to sumptuous signature dishes such as herbal lamb cutlet and steamed sea bass with soya sauce, this restaurant offers an unparalleled gastronomic adventure despite having a limited menu.

Hong, Mon to Fri & Sun 6pm to 11pm, First Floor, The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh, AlHada Area, Mekkah Road, Riyadh, 11493. Tel: 011 802 8020. @theritzcarltonruh

Saturday October 14

Get your zen on

Calling all female yogis. Break away from the hubbub of your day-to-day routine and reset at Exhale yoga studio. For those interested, there’s a hatha yoga, meditation and ayurveda master class by Manish Pole, the leader of ‘Beyond Asana’ teacher training and retreats in the Himalayas and globally. You’ll leave feeling like you’re floating on a cloud – physically and mentally.

Exhale Yoga Studio x Manish Pole, Oct 14, noon to 1.30pm, Exhale, Diplomatic Quarter, Umro Adhamry, Al Safarat, Riyadh 12512. SAR345 per person. @exhaleyoga.sa

Check out the Hijrah exhibition

The aim of the display is to shed light on the Hijrah journey that took place more than one thousand four hundred years ago. You’ll be seeing everything from the diverse and rich sections of history including antiquities, and documentaries in a narrative sequence of the events of migration from the pre-Islamic stage, up to the eight days of the journey with its conditions and facts, all the way to Medina.

Migration: In the Footsteps of the Messenger, National Museum of Saudi Arabia, Mon to Sat 9am to 7pm, Thu 9am to 10pm, Fri 2pm to 10pm. Book your free tickets here. @saudimuseum

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