12 things to look forward to in Saudi Arabia this November

Hello, November…

Want to know what the new month has in store? We promise you so much more fun as we usher in November – whether it’s the new and exciting Riyadh Season, a cool new restaurant opening, or epic music festivals. Trust us; it’s going to be a month to remember.

Read on for the juicy deets on 12 things to look forward to in Saudi Arabia this November.

Throughout November: Dine at Carbone in Riyadh


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Carbone will soon open at our favourite luxury hotel, Mansard Riyadh, A Radisson Collection Hotel, on Wednesday November 1. A New York-Italian restaurant that pays homage to the essence of the great Italian restaurants of the mid-20th century in New York, it is known for its delicious, exceptionally well-prepared food served in simultaneously elegant, comfortable and unpretentious settings. The food nods to that same history but takes culinary cues from the great talents and techniques of the present and future, featuring familiar dishes like seafood salad, linguini vongole, and veal parmesan elevated to a new level. Make your reservations now.

Carbone, Mansard Riyadh, A Radisson Collection Hotel, opens Nov 1, daily 7pm to 12.30am. @carbone.riyadh

November 2: Hit the streets for the Balad Dancefloor Social


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It’s time to get social. Join MDLBeast’s intimate gathering of Jeddah’s music heads on Bait Zainal’s rooftop in the heart of historic Al-Balad. With iconic views, carefully curated tunes by the finest homegrown and international DJs, and crave-worthy bites, gather your crew and put on your dancing shoes for a night of music, mingling and fun. Stay tuned on What’s On Saudi Arabia for the line-up drop.

Balad Social, Nov 2, 10pm to 2am, Bait Zainal, Al Balad, Jeddah. The ticket prices start from SAR199 and can be purchased here. @mdlbeast

November 2 to 7: An experience of art, healing and enchantment awaits at KAFD


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Discover the magic of ‘Heal’ – a conceptual art exhibition by Atrum Art Gallery, celebrating the theme of healing. Immerse yourself in transformative art and explore new perspectives. Book your tickets now.

Heal Exhibition, Nov 2 to 7, 6pm to 11pm, KAFD, Area 1, Financial Plaza, Riyadh. SAR150 per person. @atrum.sa

Throughout November: Riyadh Season kicks off with a bang

From brand-new Riyadh Season 2023 zones to revamped old favourites, this year’s edition of the massive citywide festival is set to be one for the ages. Look forward to cool zones like Suwaidi Park, Souq AlAwaleen, The Groves, Roshn Front, Riyadh Zoo, Wonder Garden, Via Riyadh, Riyadh Food Truck Park, Kingdom Arena, Boulevard World, and Boulevard Riyadh City. There will be so much to check out…

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November 3: Introducing ‘What The Duck’ – a fusion of music and art in Jeddah


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Get ready to dive into an extraordinary experience like no other. Blended Entertainment proudly presents ‘What The Duck’, a series of conceptual events that will blow your mind. Immerse yourself in a world where music and art collide in the most sensational way imaginable. Think electrifying beats of top electronic music artists and DJs, such as Dewalta from Berlin, Vinyl Mode and Hats & Klaps, with a twist of art. Mark your calendars and don’t miss the highly anticipated night, set to take place on Friday November 3 at the mesmerising North Beach in Jeddah. Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind event and secure your tickets now.

What The Duck, Nov 3, 5pm to 2am, North Beach, Jeddah. The ticket price starts from SAR375 and can be purchased here. @we.r.whattheduck

November 3 to 7: The region’s largest fashion and lifestyle conference returns to Riyadh


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Hia Hub is back for its third edition. Don’t miss out on the five-day program of insightful discussions, masterclasses, workshops, seminars, interactive exhibitions, live performances, and more at Hia Hub 2023. Not-to-be-missed sessions include panels by co-creative directors of Oscar De La Renta, Yoon Ahn, Nojoud Al Rumaihi, Dexter Navy, Hindash, Andrea Wazen, Joana Jamil, and the founder of the trendy Personage concept store, Princess Deema bint Mansour Al Saud. There’s also a special evening with fashion icon and supermodel Kate Moss.

Hia Hub, Nov 3 to 7, 2.30pm to midnight, JAX District, Diriyah, Riyadh. Get your passes here. @hiahubofficial

Throughout November: Walk into a kaleidoscope of colour at Yayoi Kusama’s Brilliance of the Souls installation

This year’s AlUla Wellness Festival edition features a one-of-a-kind art installation: a mesmerising Infinity Mirror Room by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. Set within AlUla’s Al Jadidah District, the art installation reflects the deep connection of the AlUla landscape and will transport you into a vision of endless reflections. Entry is free, inviting all to experience the magic of Kusama’s art.

Yayoi Kusama – The Brilliance of the Souls, Oct 19 to Nov 4, daily 4pm to 11pm, AlJadidah Arts District, AlUla. No ticket is required. @alulamoments

November 10: Groove on the Grass is bringing its vibe to Jeddah

Groove On The Grass is back, and it’s in Jeddah this time. The music and arts festival has decided to move closer to the city this season and will showcase two distinctive vibes across two stages. If you’re on the hunt for fresh soundscapes, you’ll be pleased to know that the talented DJ and producer Argy will perform for the first time in the Kingdom. You can also catch Fred Lenix, Dish Dash, Cosmicat, Chills, DJ Viva, Anmarz, Vinyl Mode, Hats & Klaps, Deain plus Mat B & Saz on the stages.

Groove on the Grass Jeddah, Nov 10, 5pm to 3am, Al Foorosia Horse Park, Al Frosyah, Jeddah 23783. The tickets start from SAR275 and can be purchased here. @grooveonthegrass.ksa

Until November 11: The AlUla Dates Festival is back

Happening every weekend from now to Saturday November 11, the AlUla Dates Festival celebrates palm cultivation in AlUla, which flourished in the first millennium BC when Dadaanites and Lihyanites civilisations settled in the region. The festival aims to showcase various dates and the importance of date palms in AlUla’s history, including AlUla’s most famous date variety, Barni. Moreover, you can look forward to local cuisine, handicrafts, and loads of entertainment and activities to celebrate with family and friends.

AlUla Dates Festival, AlManshiyah Village, until Nov 11. @alulamoments

November 13 to 16: Get inspired as the inaugural Athar festival lands in Riyadh

Launching this November, Athar – Saudi Festival of Creativity is a dynamic and vibrant meeting place where culture, creativity, talent, and technology will collide. Organised by Motivate Media Group and TRACCS, the festival’s inaugural edition will be the largest gathering of the creative marketing industry in the Kingdom. The festival runs over four days and comprises a two-day festival, two days of training for young talent, and industry awards. Alongside various activations, attendees will be treated to various arts, food, crafts, music and live entertainment. The festival will culminate with the Athar Awards ceremony, which acknowledges and celebrates exceptional creative accomplishments.

Athar – Saudi Festival of Creativity, Nov 13 to 16, Crowne Plaza Riyadh RDC. Visit: Atharfestival.com

Throughout November: Escape to the first resort at The Red Sea megaproject

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If you’ve been dreaming of journeying to the mesmerising surrounds of Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea, stop dreaming and start booking: the ultra-luxury Six Senses resort is now open. The first resort to open at The Red Sea, Six Senses Southern Dunes unrolls against the backdrop of the sandy landscapes of the Hijaz Mountains. At the heart of the resort, you’ll find the Oasis, designed to look like a desert flower. Surrounding the Oasis is a complex of 36 guest rooms and suites. A further 40 pool villas are dotted in strategic locations across the dunes, and all are given a majestic Bedouin touch with tones, textures and soft furnishings. Plus, there’s plenty for guests to see, do and taste. And we can’t wait to check in and check it out…

Six Senses Southern Dunes, Southern Dunes Site 14, The Red Sea Development, Umluj, 48321. Rates from SAR5,367. Sixsenses.com

November 30: Comic Con is headed back to Jeddah


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Get ready for the grand return of Jeddah’s pop culture festival. Join celebrities, engage in discussions, explore the Artist Alley, compete in eSports, and showcase your creativity in Cosplay.

Comic Con Arabia, Nov 30 & Dec 1, 4pm to 2am, Jeddah Convention Center. SAR75 per person and tickets can be purchased here. @comicconarabia

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