11 amazing things to do in Riyadh this week: April 14 to April 17

Got the post-vacation blues? You’ve come to the right place…

There’s no such thing as a quiet week in the capital, And especially not after Eid. From news films to new gigs, here are the best things to do in Riyadh this week.

Sunday April 14

Check out the Gulf Film Festival

Lights, camera, action. The capital will be welcoming Gulf Film Festival starting on Sunday April 14 and going on until Thursday April 18. The Gulf Film Festival will showcase a competitive selection of 29 films from all GCC countries and honour veteran actors for their contributions to Gulf cinema. There will also be a platform for learning and development through three training workshops.

Gulf Film Festival, Apr 14 to Apr 18. 

Visit the Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale

Taking place in the JAX District in Diriyah, Riyadh, the 2024 edition reveals a stellar line-up of participating artists and introduces its curatorial framework, titled “After Rain.” Unfolding across seven halls, courtyards, and terraces along Wadi Hanifa, “After Rain” symbolises renewal and revitalisation, with the title drawing inspiration from the earthy scent that follows rainfall.

Have dinner at the newly opened White Robata


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It’s no secret that Riyadh loves its Japanese restaurants, and when a brand-new one opens, you best believe diners will flock to the venue. Currently in the soft opening stage, White Robata’s contemporary take on Japanese cuisine is already winning hearts across the city. Book your spot now.

White Robata, 2252 Al Urubah Branch Rd, Umm Al Hamam Al Gharbi, daily 6pm to 2am. @whiterobata.ksa

Monday April 15

Explore the last few days of the Big Fun Museum

Visit the Big Fun Museum for a whole world of fun and illusion waiting to be discovered. This new attraction features three immersive adventures in one place – Fairy Forest, Museum of Emotions, and Museum of Illusions. The right place to have a great time with friends and family.

Big Fun Museum, Park Avenue, Gate 4, Sun to Wed noon to midnight, Thurs noon to 2am, Fri 3pm to 2am, Sat 1pm to midnight. Tickets start from SAR80 and can be purchased here@bigfun_family

Have a crookie at Bakestop

While we think there are few things better than a fresh croissant, bakeries all over the world and now in Riyadh think it can be topped. Meet crookies: the love affair of flaky buttery croissants and fan favourite chocolate chip cookies. Now available at Bake Stop in Riyadh, the decadent dessert is a must-try.

Bake Stop, Al Olaya, daily 3pm to 5.30pm, 10pm to 1.30am. @bakestop.sa

Enter workout heaven at Kayanee


Don’t call it a gym. Don’t call it a social club. The recently opened homegrown brand Kayanee in Riyadh’s Diplomatic Quarter is an entirely new concept dedicated to enhancing women’s well-being and lifestyle. Kayanee (which translates to ‘my being’) prioritises mental, physical, and social health to help women find the balance between what the mind wants and what the body needs.

Kayanee, 1364 Plaza, Diplomatic Quarter, 8175 Abdullah Alsahmi St, Al Safarat, Riyadh 12512. All the brand’s signature products are now available online through the Kayanee website@kayaneeofficial

Tuesday April 16

Sing away at Sociale’s first Karaoke Night

Sociale’s known for its cosy vibe, incredible food and drinks, and of course its top-tier events. A new one to look forward to would be the all-new karaoke night. Sing along to the greatest hits of all your favourite artists and make a ton of memories with your friends.

Karaoke Night at Sociale, Prince Muhammad Ibn Abd Al Aziz, As Sulimaniyah, daily 8am to 12.45pm. @sociale.cafe

Try out ROKA’s new specials

From the Fried Baby Monkfish served with shiso and umeboshi to the crisp, luxurious bite of the Scallop Sashimi crowned with tapioca pearls, yuzu, and truffle sauce, ROKA Riyadh is unveiling all-new menu specials for you to try. Meat fans will go crazy over the Seared Beef Striploin paired with black truffle, cucumber pickle and daikon, and miso crisp. Or, you can even try the Grilled Baby Chicken with Sancho Soya Dressing, to switch things up.

ROKA Riyadh, 5140 Prince Muhammad Ibn Abd Al Aziz, As Sulimaniyah, Riyadh 12243, Sun to Wed 1pm to midnight, Thu to Fri 1pm to 12.30am, Sat 1pm to 5pm, 6.30pm to midnight. @rokariyadhofficial

Catch The First Omen in cinemas

Movies are always a good shout. Picture this: a young American lady is brought to Rome to start a life of service to the church, but she discovers a horrifying plot intended to bring about the incarnation of evil and is confronted with a darkness that makes her doubt her faith. Don’t forget the popcorn.


Wednesday April 17

Attend The Saudi Open


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The Saudi Open golf tournament returns to Riyadh this week. Happening until April 20, the PIF tournament will see the return of reigning champion Denwit Boriboonsub, who is back to defend his title, alongside LIV Golf stars Henrik Stenson, Andy Ogletree, Peter Uihlein and David Puig.

The Saudi Open, Riyadh Golf Club, doors open on Wednesday at 6am. Book your SAR50 ticket here.

Attend a top concert


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The ever-so-popular spot, The Warehouse, is back to hosting its incredible live music events after a bit of a break. Catch local sensations like Majid and SAM for a night full of fun.

The Warehouse, JAX District, Diriyah, daily 4pm to midnight. @twh_ksa