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10 fun things to do in Riyadh this week: January 28 to January 31

It’s the last week in January…

And just like that, the first month of 2024 is over this week. There’s so much to do in the city this week, from food festivals to Riyadh Season zones, and so much more. Here are all the best things to do in Riyadh this week.

Sunday January 28

Check out a world of food at LuLu’s Food Festival


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This week, major supermarket LuLu is hosting a fun food festival across its stores in Saudi Arabia. Explore global cuisines, cooking contests, shopping, and more until Saturday February 10.

LuLu Food Festival, various locations, until Feb 10. @luluhypersa

Try go-karting at Doos Karting


Keen to give go-karting a go? Then head to Doos Karting. At the Hitten location, you race 27HP electric karts around a 350-metre track, navigating multi-level spiral ramps. Single race packages are SAR140 while for two races, you’ll pay SAR180.

Doos Karting, 8521 Prince Mohammed Ibn Salman Ibn Abdulaziz Rd, Hittin, Riyadh 13513, daily 4pm to 12am. Tel: 9200 08311. @dooskarting

Don’t miss the last day of Wonder Garden


Open until January 28, this Riyadh Season zone features more than 70 rides and experiences, two arcade halls, 15 stores, 26 restaurants and more than 60 roaming acts and shows. You can chill out by the Flamingo Lake and admire over 50 gorgeous flamingos, check out the Bloom subzone, where flowers inspire art installations; and ride on a giant wheel. You can even be one with nature at the stunning Butterfly Garden.

Wonder Garden, until Jan 28, Al Malqa, weekdays 4pm to 1am, weekends 4pm to 1am. The ticket starts from SAR30 and can be purchased here@riyadhseason

Monday January 29

Have dinner at Agio


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Located at The Canopy, Amalfi Coast-inspired gem Agio is Riyadh’s love letter to the coastlines of the Mediterranean. The Italian restaurant is the latest endeavour by Modern Food Company, a major player in the lifestyle and fine dining arenas in Saudi Arabia.

Agio, The Canopy, Northern Ring Rd, Hittin, Riyadh 13512. Opens January 14. Tel: 9200 13860. @agiosaudi

Book your visit to Disney Castle

Riyadh Season’s much sought-after Disney Castle might be coming to a close soon, so if you haven’t been yet, you need to check it out. Standing 30 meters tall at the centre of the festival site, the iconic Castle has been designed as a unique musical stage that will host exhilarating concerts performed live by an international cast of Disney Concert Singers.

Disney The Castle Riyadh, Boulevard Riyadh City, Hittin. webook.com

Tuesday January 30

Take part in a chocolate art workshop

Crazy about chocolate? There’s an event coming up that’s right up your alley. Hosted by notable cacao specialist Ola Prospector, at the workshop, you can create chocolate art, and learn all about cacao in a fun lecture. The session will be completed by a bean-to-bar chocolate-tasting session where you can tuck into chocolate from all around the world: Venezuela, Vietnam, Tanzania, India, Madagascar, Costa Rica, and more.

Chocolate art workshop, Lift Gallery, 5pm, Tue Jan 30. Book your spot here for SAR300.

Experience the magic of Diriyah Nights

Diriyah Season is an annual culture-focused festival that brings the birthplace of the Kingdom to life through a variety of exciting and engaging events and experiences. One of the most popular events of the season last year was the gorgeous Diriyah Nights where you can wander along the walkways illuminated by glittering lights and explore the enchanting site. Enjoy the best of local and global contemporary art and design, exceptional food, and live music, dance, poetry, and theatrical performances.

Diriyah Nights, Al Bujairi, Diriyah, 5pm to 2am. Book your spot here for SAR150. 

Wednesday January 31

Learn how to manage your curls

If you’ve always struggled to manage your beautiful curls, this one’s for you. Happening on Wednesday January 30, this curly hair workshop will help you learn how to style your hair, find out your curl pattern, discover the right products for your hair, and more.

Curly hair workshop, Prince Muhammad Ibn Abd Al Aziz, As Sulimaniyah, 8pm to 10pm. Book your spot for SAR75 here.

Try your luck at Prison Island


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Love escape rooms? This is way better. Riyadh’s latest one-of-a-kind challenge requires you to do your time in Prison Island. Located on the first floor of Park Avenue Mall, this ultimate prison-themed indoor attraction promises hours of fun and adventure for everyone between the ages of eight and 88 years.

Prison Island, First Floor, Park Avenue Mall, 7042 Said Ibn Zayd Rd, Qurtubah, Riyadh 13247. Tel: 055 028 7066. @prisonisland.ksa

Ladies, shake it off at Syrup Lounge


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Ladies, listen up. There’s a cool Zumba class happening at Syrup Lounge this week where you can enjoy karaoke, take photos at the photo booth and connect with self-meditation for SAR150.

Zumba class at Syrup, Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud St, 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Book your spot for SAR150 here