10 brilliant things to do in Riyadh this weekend: March 21 to 23

Hello, weekend…

Get ready to strap in for another busy weekend with plenty of unmissable events and experiences around the capital. Here is our shortlist of ten brilliant things to do in Riyadh this weekend.

Thursday March 21

Ramadan experience at the KAFD Ramadan Tent


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Head to the KAFD Ramadan Tent 2024 for an unforgettable blend of culinary delights and cultural experiences. Enjoy a grand Iftar and Suhoor experience, where guests can revel in a traditional Futoor canon and Suhoor announcements by a Musahharati. Relax in the aromatic ambience of the Shisha Lounge, where a variety of coffee, sweets, and shisha flavours await, and explore the vibrant bazaar featuring diverse Saudi brands. There will also be live Qanoon music and a Ramadan-themed play area for the little ones.

KAFD’s Ramadan Nights, until Apr 11. SAR375 for Iftar (entry is after 5pm) & SAR299 for Suhoor (entry is after midnight). Book your tickets here. @kafd

Journey through the bustling Souq Al-Mawsim

Set within At-Turaif’s beautiful park, Souq Al-Mawsim centres on Diriyah’s unique culture and heritage. It is the place to source seasonal, locally grown fresh produce, local craft items, and special finds from its many stalls. The souq, with its line-up of performances and cultural activations, makes a great day out for families and groups of friends.

Souq Al-Mawsim, until Apr 11, 9.30pm to 2.30am, At-Turaif Park. Free entry but a ticket is required and can be booked here. @diriyahseason

Take part in a unique culinary experience


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Ready to roll up your sleeves? Learn how to cook Kabsa, the traditional Saudi dish, and immerse yourself in a cultural exchange with Saudi Chef Um Abdulrahman to learn and learn some helpful tips and tricks. This culinary experience is organised by Bonjour Saudi, a travel and experience design house, with unique offers connecting visitors to the cultural wonders of Saudi Arabia.

Ramadan Night: Cook Your Suhoor, Mar 21 & Mar 28, 9pm to 11pm, Bonjour Saudi Rooftop, Ad Dawh Al Kabir, Samhan, Diriyah 13712. SAR250 per person. @bonjoursaudi

Friday March 22

Experience Ramadan in Riyadh

A Day in Ramadan

Organised by the Scientist’s Gift Organisation, the ‘A Day in Ramadan’ initiative aims to give first-hand insight into the holy month of Ramadan. You’ll get to do a tour of the Al Rajhi Mosque, the largest mosque in Riyadh, enjoy an iftar meal, and observe worshippers praying in congregation. Please note that participants need to be dressed modestly, and women are required to wear an abaya and a head scarf.

A Day in Ramadan, until Mar 28, 5pm to 9pm, Riyadh. Meeting location: Al Rajhi Grand Mosque, 7084 Al Akheyar, Al Jazirah, Riyadh 14251. Tel: 056 503 5002. Register your spot here.

Enjoy a suhoor gathering at The Farm


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This Ramadan weekend, why not experience a suhoor gathering trip at Kan Ya Ma Kan’s The Farm? Experience the peaceful atmosphere as you bond with your loved ones or meet with like-minded individuals and enjoy activities such as painting and playing games over a delicious meal.

Egyptian Suhoor Trip, Mar 23, 8pm to 3am, The Farm, Al Ammarya. Book your spot here. @kymk.sa

Spend Ramadan nights at Boulevard World

Stroll around the different country pavilions and admire the details and decorations that showcase the diversity and beauty of the world. Boulevard World is decked out in crescents and stars decor, and it will be serving up dates, Saudi coffee, and more throughout the month. Family-friendly activities will also be available so you and the kids can completely enjoy the Ramadan spirit.

Boulevard World, Hittin, 5pm to 2am. Book your spot here. @blvdworldsa

Look out for the floating market at Boulevard World

It’s lively and full of stalls selling food and fruits, and it’s colourful – exactly how people imagine a floating market in Thailand would look like (minus the boats), with the opportunity to capture the perfect photo. Some of the authentic Thai food you must try when at the floating market includes grilled seafood, Tom Yam fried rice, and mango sticky rice. The best part? Most of the vendors feature some of Dubai’s best Thai restaurants, so you won’t find them anywhere else in Riyadh.

Floating Market, Boulevard World, 5pm to 2am. Tickets are required to enter Boulevard World. @blvdworldsa

Saturday March 23

Beat the bars at Prison Island


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It’s the weekend and what better way to send the older kids to spend their free time in cells filled with challenges? That’s fun at Prison Island, where you and your mates must work together to complete obstacles and tasks in order to break free. There are 35 cells to complete, each testing your physical or mental mettle. Prices start from SAR99 for juveniles and SAR149 for inmates. Activewear and trainers are required, and changing room facilities are available on-site.

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

From cart to closet


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There are now more reasons to shop at Next Online. Online shoppers in Riyadh can receive their purchases at their doorsteps within 24 hours, thanks to its new delivery option. Simply confirm your orders by 8.30pm to guarantee next-day delivery via Next’s shipping partner, Aramex. Plus, you can enjoy free shipping on all orders over SAR180. Perfect for your Ramadan shopping without having to beat the crowds.

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Ladies, get your henna and kaftan on


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Gather your girl squad and get ready for a night of pampering and fun. Enjoy a special iftar meal, fabulous music, activities such as painting, henna art, games, and a vibrant atmosphere perfect for catching up. Be sure to come dressed in your kaftan.

Henna & Kaftan Night Trip, Mar 23, 4pm to 11pm, Kan Ya Ma Kan Farm, Al Ammarya. Book your spot here. SAR400 per person. @kymk.sa