Riyadh Season 2023: Discover Top Events and Attractions

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The General Entertainment Authority (GEA), established under the auspices of the Public Investment Fund (PIF), has played a significant role in promoting the growth of the entertainment sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. With the introduction of new tourism permits, this sector is expected to grow even further.

Entertainment in Saudi Arabia includes amusement parks, festivals, music concerts, and other forms of entertainment, such as Riyadh Season. 

Riyadh Season

Riyadh Season

Riyadh Season aims to create over 200,000 direct and indirect jobs and enable around 2,000 local and international companies to showcase their entertainment experiences across an area of over 7,000,000 square metres. Riyadh Season is considered one of the most important things to do in Riyadh.

Riyadh Season, in its fourth edition, introduces a new concept and competition called “Treasure Hunt” which combines virtual reality and reality, offering one of the world’s largest prizes.

What is Riyadh Season?

Riyadh Season

Riyadh Season is an annual festival that started in 2019 as part of Saudi Arabia’s celebrations. It is one of the biggest festivals in Riyadh and the region as a whole. It is essentially a city-wide celebration of Riyadh and, more broadly, Saudi Arabia and its people. It is one of Saudi Arabia’s many projects aimed at enhancing economic and touristic activities, with a focus on non-religious tourism.

As Saudi Arabia strives towards a more progressive future, the program aligns with the Vision 2030 of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. International visitors can now easily enter Saudi Arabia, as the country intends to encourage tourism by making the process of obtaining an electronic visa quick and hassle-free.

The season hosts a constellation of top local and international artists, along with theater performances, entertainment shows, and numerous family activities and games.

Riyadh Season Logo

Riyadh Season Logo

The logo for this year is represented by a circle, reflecting the concept of the year and highlighting six months of the year with vibrant colours. The circular shape, with its colours and dynamism, reflects the excitement and diversity of the exceptional experiences offered by Riyadh Season 2023 in its fourth year.

When will the 2023 Riyadh season start?

Riyadh Season 2023 will begin on October 28, 2023, with a spectacular opening ceremony featuring a boxing match between two of the biggest names in the boxing world, Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou, under the slogan “The Toughest Man on Earth.” The festival will feature a wide range of other fantastic and diverse events, celebrations, and major exhibitions to attract tourists and travellers.

Riyadh Season Attractions

Riyadh Season 2023 includes 10 zones, including 3 free zones. Each zone includes a variety of interactive experiences and dazzling shows. Here are the details for each zone:

Boulevard Hall

This multi-purpose zone was built in just 60 days, covering an area of over 200,000 square metres and standing 42 metres tall. It can accommodate over 40,000 people at the same time. The zone is equipped with the latest technological advancements to serve various events and experiences.

Boulevard City

This zone was built in just 20 days, with 60% of it featuring new experiences. It is expected to become the most popular place in the area due to the addition of new attractions.

Boulevard World

This zone has been expanded by over 40%, covering a million square meters and adding 4 new thematic areas showcasing prominent landmarks and heritage. It houses the largest popular shopping area, with 1,180 stores, 120 restaurants, and cafes. Additionally, it offers diverse art exhibitions. This zone is the largest project in Riyadh Season, targeting enthusiasts of global cultures.

Wonder Garden

It is the largest mobile entertainment city, covering half a million square meters. It is designed to cater to the entire family, regardless of age. Its location has been moved to the northern part of Riyadh for easier access. The city provides a unique entertainment experience.

The Square

This zone features a new collection of the world’s most luxurious areas and cafes, for the first time in the region. The new addition this year is that this zone will become a permanent area.

The Groves

It returns for the third time this year with innovative and delightful experiences, including the Little Crazy experience and the Ladies’ Groves experience.

Via Riyadh

This zone includes the St. Regis Hotel and a wide range of luxurious international restaurants and cafes from around the world.

Free Zones in Riyadh Season

Riyadh Zoo

The zoo has added new animals and experiences to its offerings.

Souk Al-Awleen

This market includes a variety of popular experiences.

Swedish Garden

The garden includes interactive cultural performances from different cultures.

Riyadh Season 2023 Events

Riyadh Season 2023, in its fourth edition, will feature numerous zones with various experiences and events. Some notable attractions include:

Barbie Experience

A revival of the Barbie brand with a dedicated experience.

Disney Castle Experience
Riyadh Season 2023 Events

Riyadh will host the Disney Castle for the first time this season, celebrating its anniversary. It will present a range of stunning shows inspired by famous Disney productions.

Dancing Fountains

The zone will feature interactive visual content using cutting-edge global technology.

House of Hype

The world’s largest virtual reality world, featuring new and unique adventurous experiences that connect the real world with the virtual world under one roof.

Cat Cafe

The cafe opens its doors for the first time to cat lovers, featuring a diverse collection of cats from around the world.

Playbies Wonders
Riyadh Season 2023 Events

One of the largest educational and entertainment experiences for children.

Zero Latency World

It’s an interactive 3D experience that allows visitors to interact with digital content in a realistic manner.

Five Nights at Freddy’s

The perfect experience for horror fans.

Legends Museum
Legends Museum in Riyadh

The first and largest museum dedicated to football legends, featuring 30,000 rare pieces. It is the second branch in the world after the Madrid branch. Visiting this museum is a perfect experience for football fans.

La Liga Cafe

It combines the art of cooking, football, and entertainment in a technologically advanced and innovative facility.

Boxing Club

It’s a partnership with Mike Tyson and includes the first sports training gym aimed at developing and training boxing enthusiasts.

CR7 Museum and Experience

A modern museum centred around the life of Cristiano Ronaldo showcases all the awards he has received throughout his sporting career.

433 Experience

Hosts global football legends and creates exciting football experiences, in addition to hosting the 433 Global Awards.

WWE Experience and Store

Consists of a series of special experiences for fans, allowing them to enjoy meeting the game’s celebrities using technology and live an exciting experience with them inside the ring.

Joy Awards Ceremony
Joy Awards Ceremony -Riyadh season

Riyadh season will host the most important and largest awards ceremony in the Middle East during this season, the Joy Awards.

The Boulevard World Zone also hosts various experiences, including:

Cocomelon World
Cocomelon World -Riyadh Season

Includes a variety of interactive elements that enable children to play and learn.

The Groves zone includes various entertaining experiences, such as:

Little Crazy Experience
Little Crazy Experience - Riyadh season 2023

Inspired by fairy tales.

Hawanim Groves Experience

A unique Arabian-Eastern experience.

The season includes several festivals and exhibitions, including:

  • Ana Arabiya Festival, Riyadh Games Festival, Dog Festival, Car Exhibition, and Con Con Conference.
  • The season will feature more than 33 theatrical performances and international music concerts with the best artists from around the world.
  • The Riyadh Season Cup will bring together Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal, featuring the most famous football players, and international matches will be played during the season. The season will also feature the world’s largest wrestling event, Crown Jewel, with the participation of the global wrestler John Cena. The Badminton World Cup will also be hosted during this season.
  • One of the highlights of this season is the Food Trucks Festival, featuring over 100 food trucks from around the world and the most prominent global capitals, including London, New York, and Tokyo.

What to Expect at Riyadh Season 2024?

Although the exact dates for the Riyadh Season 2024 have not yet been revealed, we may assume that they will occur in October based on past years. Riyadh Season 2024’s location has not yet been revealed. There are several locations for the Riyadh Season, each with a unique concept that appeals to cultures around the world. As soon as they are formally revealed, we will update this article.

Over 8,500 activity days and experiences have been planned over the Riyadh Season, so it’s never lacking in excitement or activities. We anticipate the Riyadh Season of 2024 to have a similar mood and exciting events.

In addition, Riyadh offers a variety of attractions and sites to see, including the National Museum, Wadi Hanifah Valley, Al Masmak Fortress, Kingdom Centre, and contemporary malls such as Al Nakheel Mall, Riyadh Park, and Granada Centre.

Moreover, you can have fun with your family and friends by trying one of the activities offered by this amazing city. Riyadh City owns a variety of indoor and outdoor activities which ensure everyone with unique experiences full of thrilling adventures.

Outdoor Activities in Riyadh

Desert Trekking At Jebel Fihrayn

Undoubtedly, one of the world’s most famous towns for its desert adventures is Riyadh. These days, trekking across the desert to the summit of Jebel Fihrayn is one of the most well-liked adventure activities in Riyadh. Hidden away about ninety kilometres from Riyadh is this trip, which comes in multiple varieties and classifications.

Right now, though, getting to the mountain’s summit is the only goal. Vehicles other than 4x4s are not permitted in this desert. Another significant element that highlights how vital it is to have the right firm with you is Jebel Fihrayn’s lack of phone connections. It is therefore advised that anyone considering a desert safari in Riyadh go there with an experienced driver they can trust to provide them advice.

Hiking

Though it is still relatively new in Saudi Arabia, it is home to over 50,000 professionals, and hiking is becoming more and more popular, especially among young people. Because they now occasionally plan trips, they are more well-known. A fun way to enjoy the great outdoors is to walk in Riyadh and take in the natural beauty of Saudi Arabia. It also combines sport and exercise.

Hiking in Riyadh is an amazing activity that provides a special kind of enjoyment since it lets you explore the outdoors, have thrilling experiences, and see the stunning highlands. This is due to the fact that it is an outdoor activity that is best done in the winter. The Edge of the World, the Hidden Valley, and Heet Cave are the top trekking destinations in Riyadh.

Horse Riding

Horseback riding in Riyadh is one of the most popular activities in Riyadh, and there are many locations where you can learn to do this under the supervision of experienced instructors. Aside from being enjoyable, learning to ride a horse gives novice riders greater self-confidence and enhances their quality of life.

Indoor Activities in Riyadh

Escape The Room

Grab your loved ones and make your choice from a range of escape rooms here. In order to “escape the room,” you must cooperate, keep an eye out for clues, and decipher cyphers. Watch the timer carefully because you only have sixty minutes to complete this.

National Museum

One of the most visited tourist sites in Riyadh is the National Museum, which is the largest museum in the city. It is housed in the King Abdul Aziz Historical Centre, a cultural centre complete with a park and a mosque. The museum displays human culture, Islam, and Saudi Arabian history in eight rooms. Its collection consists of video segments, sculptures, and artefacts.

Bowling

Gather your friends and enjoy a few games of bowling at Strike. There’s nothing like a little friendly rivalry to beat the heat. It counts as a workout as well! You can quickly become proficient at bowling strikes and spares if you make enough returns.

Sparky’s

Sparkys has it all, including soft play areas and thrilling slides, as well as video games and theme park attractions! Hi, and welcome to one of the most well-liked indoor theme parks in the kingdom. In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, there are three Sparky’s locations. All of them are family-friendly entertainment venues with a range of rides, games, and pursuits available for kids of all ages.

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