5 Great Things To Do In Riyadh This Weekend


Riyadh Boulevard is closed this weekend for maintenance works but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying as there’s still lots and lots to do in Riyadh. We honestly wish that Riyadh Season never ends; it’s just so much fun. Like can we have it extended beyond March, please?

1. Witness The Region’s Biggest Music Festival — MDLBeast.

So let’s get the elephant in the room out of the way first. The entire city has been decked up in preparation for what might be the largest music festival ever in the Middle East. The lineup is so long that you’d probably be reading this piece for a long time to finish so we’ll leave it at that. The artists are already in town and some are posting quite a bit in Riyadh since they’ve got here. You’ll probably have a lot of people Googling about Riyadh tonight.

2. Go On A Safari

The weather doesn’t get bet any better than this in this part of the world, so what’s stopping you from going on a safari that the lovely organizers of Riyadh Season have set up? This is ideal especially for those with kids.

3. Watch A Movie At The Drive-In Cinema

A place in Riyadh that quietly opened without much fanfare was the drive-in cinema. We know it has opened a while ago but we’re putting this here as many in Riyadh are still not aware of it. Instead of sitting on those cinema seats, you’ll be sitting in your car – you’ll still get your popcorn here though. Plus, you won’t have to worry much about space as well ‘cus they can accommodate up to a sizeable 150 cars at a time.

4. Watch A Play

Starting from today till the 20th the capital will be hosting a play based on a poem by Egyptian poet Bayram al-Tunisi. If you love live theater then you’ll absolutely love this too. Tickets start at SAR 110.

5. Visit A Contemporary Arts Exhibition

The warehouses that double up as creative spaces in Riyadh’s JAX District are hosting the Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale. It’s in a way a celebration of Saudi contemporary art. The biennale is running from Dec. 11 to March 11, 2022, and is open daily from 11 AM to 11 PM. Entry is free, you’ll have to pre-book though, which you can do here.


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