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Riyadh Season 2024- Unlocking the Magic


New to Riyadh? New to Riyadh seasons? Let us explore Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh Season 2023 and answer all your questions.

Firework show in Riyadh season 2022
Riyadh Season

What is Riyadh Season?


Let’s start by answering the biggest question you may have: what is Riyadh season?


The Riyadh season is one of the biggest annual festivals in Riyadh. It is a major cultural and entertainment event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Held as part of the Saudi Seasons initiative since 2019. It strives to promote tourism, culture, and entertainment in the country, and to transform Riyadh into a global cultural hub.


It aims to promote Saudi culture and heritage while showcasing the city's modernisation and cultural diversity. It attracts visitors from across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the wider region.


This initiative aligns with Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman's Vision 2030, reflecting Saudi Arabia's commitment to a forward-thinking future and as a part of its efforts to promote tourism. With Cristiano Ronaldo announced as its official ambassador, it surely has the eyes of the world on it now.

When is Riyadh season?


Riyadh Season 2023 was held on 28 October 2023. The season will kick off with a grand opening ceremony and will surely be a night to remember.

What are the Riyadh season ticket prices?


Specific activities at the Riyadh Season are free of charge, while for others, visitors may need a ticket that can be bought so here are their prices

  • WWE Crown Jewel: Ticket prices vary from 50 SAR to 1700 SAR.

  • Boulevard World: Weekday tickets cost 100 SAR, while weekend tickets cost 150 SAR. Children under 12 years old enter free of charge.

You can book your ticket now through Riyadh Season 2023 official website.


Who’s Coming to Riyadh Season 2024?


Riyadh Season 2023 is surely packed with events and activities to do so here’s a list of Riyadh Season 2023 top events:


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Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou

Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou

The Former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou is set to make his boxing debut on 28 October against the undefeated World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight Tyson Fury in the Battle Of the Baddest.

The opening ceremony titled "Battle Of the Baddest" will take place in the newly constructed Boulevard Hall Zone, a multi-purpose venue that can seat 40,000 people. The venue covers 200,000 square meters and is equipped with the latest technologies. Other global events will also take place in Boulevard City, 60% of which are new for this year.

The fight between Fury and Francis Ngannou will be held right after the opening ceremony. Ticket details will be revealed soon. However, with Mike Tyson Training Francis Ngannou, it will surely be an adrenaline-packed and unforgettable clash between these heavyweight champions.

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LINE UP Comedy Show

LINE UP COMEDY SHOW


The LINE UP Comedy Show is a popular event that will take place during Riyadh Season 2023.

The comedy show features a lineup of local and international comedians. The lineup includes:


  • Maz Jobrani: A renowned Iranian-American comedian, actor, and writer, known for his witty humour and sharp commentary on cultural and political issues.

  • Ahmed Ali Butt: A Pakistani actor, comedian, and singer, who is known for his comedic roles in TV shows and movies, and has hosted several TV shows and award ceremonies.

  • Bader Saleh: A Saudi comedian and actor, who is known for his observational comedy and commentary on everyday life in Saudi Arabia.

  • Khaled Al-Khamissi: An Egyptian writer, actor, and comedian, who is known for his satirical works that tackle social and political issues in Egypt and the wider Arab world.

And many more top-notch comedians that are set to make your day!

  • Date: Friday, 01 September 2023 - Friday, 29 December 2023

  • Hours: 09:00 pm to 12:00 am

  • City: Jeddah

  • Location: The Venue Corniche

  • Price including VAT: From SR 93.00

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WWE

WWE Crown Jewel


The WWE Crown Jewel event taking place on November 4, at the King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, promises to be an exciting and entertaining experience for fans of professional wrestling. With its impressive lineup of matches, performers, and production values, with the return of the international superstar John Cena this year this event is not to be missed. So mark your calendars and get ready to witness the action-packed excitement of WWE Crown Jewel, Book your tickets now through the official Riyadh Season 2023 website.

ZERO LATENCY

Slip on the VR headset and grab your gun controller. Taking place on 29 Oct - Weekdays 5 pm to 12 am - Weekends 5 pm to 1 am, You're about to embark on a virtual adventure with your friends! Once inside, you're free to move and explore as you please, with the same ease and freedom as in the real world. No wires or walls to hold you back!


Riyadh Season Cup


The Riyadh Season Cup is a great opportunity for fans to see some of the best footballers in the world in action. It is also a great opportunity to experience the excitement of Saudi Arabian football culture. The match is expected to be another sell-out, with Al-Hilal, Al-Nassr, and an international club participating in a three-team league system, it will be a sight to behold!


Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr

The Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk fight is a heavyweight championship boxing match scheduled to take place on December 23, 2023, at Jeddah Super Dome in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Fury is the current WBC, The Ring, and lineal heavyweight champion, while Usyk is the current WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight champion.

The fight is a rematch of their first meeting in September 2021, which Usyk won by unanimous decision. Fury is looking to avenge his loss and reclaim his heavyweight titles, while Usyk is looking to defend his titles and cement his legacy as one of the greatest heavyweight champions of all time.

  • Date: December 23, 2023 or in January 2024

  • Location: Jeddah Super Dome, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Shakira

General Entertainment Authority Chairman Turki Al-Sheikh has announced that Colombian singer Shakira will perform in Riyadh Season, a surprise announcement that excited fans.


Riyadh Season Catalogue

The rest of the Riyadh season catalogue is just as impressive so here’s a look into the rest of it:

  • Riyadh Art: A month-long festival celebrating art and culture, featuring exhibitions, workshops, and performances by local and international artists.

  • Riyadh Food Festival: A food festival showcasing local and international cuisine, with cooking demonstrations, food competitions, and tastings, the festival will host more than 100 of the most famous food trucks around the world, meeting in one area, in addition to an exhibition of luxury.

  • Riyadh Season Market: A market featuring local and international products, including food, fashion, and crafts.

  • Saudi International Film Festival: A film festival showcasing local and international films, with workshops and panel discussions.

  • Riyadh Book Fair: A book fair featuring local and international publishers, with book signings, workshops, and panel discussions.

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Disney Castle

  • Disney Castle: A centenary celebration of Disney presented for the first time in Riyadh.

  • Cats ‘n Cups by Mocha, Japan: A café for cat lovers.

  • Blippi Wonders: A family-friendly attraction based on the popular children's YouTube channel.

  • Souk Al-Awalin: a market that hosts the largest weekly auction and the largest area of heritage markets, which is part of the free-of-charge zones.

  • Riyadh Zoo: home to over 1,500 animals from all over the world. Some of the most popular animals at the zoo include lions, tigers, elephants, gorillas, chimpanzees, giraffes, zebras, and penguins, the expedition is part of the free-of-charge zones

  • Al Sawidi Park: a large public park located in the Al-Suwaidi neighbourhood of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It is one of the most popular parks in the city, and it is known for its beautiful scenery, variety of amenities, and family-friendly atmosphere, it is part of the free-of-charge zones.

  • Seven Concours: A car exhibition featuring more than 1,000 rare and luxury cars.

  • Ana Arabia exhibition: featuring more than 200 designers and artists from the worlds of fashion, accessories, jewellery and more.

  • Concon: The Influencers and Content Creators Awards Exhibition and Ceremony

  • Riyadh Toy Festival (RTF): one of the world’s largest Toy festivals and the largest venue for entertainment events in Riyadh

  • Saudi Pet & Vet Expo: International dog exhibition and show.

  • Joy Awards: To add some star power, the Season will host the Joy Awards, the Middle East's biggest entertainment awards ceremony, as well as large-scale concerts and theatre productions featuring Gulf, Arab, and international stars.

  • House of Hype: This event will offer a unique blend of real-world and virtual experiences, with over 30 different interactive activities. For those who are up for a challenge, a global treasure hunt that combines virtual reality and real life will offer the chance to win over 6 million Saudi Arabian riyals (£1.3m / $2m).

  • Al Murabba: Al Murabba has been upgraded from a temporary zone to a permanent one, making it a permanent fixture for those who enjoy the finer things in life. With its luxury shops, upmarket restaurants, and cafes serving cuisine from all over the world, including Fouquet's, L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, and La Californie, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

  • Riyadh Season Tennis Cup: Riyadh Season is returning this year with a bang, featuring even more exciting events, zones, and more. Sporty events like the Riyadh Season Tennis Cup are also on the lineup for the 2023 edition of the festival.

  • UFC Fight Night: Riyadh Season, a booming destination for fights and professional wrestling, announces that it will host the UFC Fight Night event in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, March 2, 2024. This follows the news of two epic boxing showdowns: Tyson Fury vs Francis Ngannou and Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk. According to a press release posted by Turki Alalshikh, the chairman of the General Authority for Entertainment, the UFC event will feature UFC’s most successful and internationally known fighters.


Riyadh Season Records


The Riyadh Season Records are a testament to the scale and ambition of the festival, which has become one of the most popular entertainment events in the Middle East, Riyadh Season 2022 broke five Guinness World Records:


  • The largest artificial lake in the world (Lagoon Lake)

  • The largest metal model of a fictional character in the world (Grendizer)

  • The largest LED light ball in the world

  • The longest mobile Sky Loop in the world


Riyadh Season also holds records for the tallest slide with the most lanes, the most simultaneous holograms, and the largest music production studio.


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