With the new year drawing close, Saudi Arabia is preparing to establish itself as a must-visit destination for those looking to ring in the New Year somewhere special. While celebrations during the past two years have been interrupted by COVID, the Kingdom looks to usher in 2023 with fun activities, delicious food, and extravagant firework displays. Here are some of the Council’s suggestions on where and how to celebrate the start of 2023.
Boulevard Riyadh City
Boulevard Riyadh City is perhaps Riyadh Seasons’ most popular zone given its endless options of restaurants, shops, musical activities, and entertainment avenues. It is also the place to be if you are in Riyadh this New Year’s Eve. In 2021, the zone hosted 13 of the region’s most popular artists to ring in the new year amidst a dazzling display of fireworks. Be sure to follow Riyadh Seasons’ official website to keep track of any official announcement regarding this year’s celebration.
Winter at Tantora
Winter at Tantora returns for its fourth edition on December 22, just in time for this year’s New Year’s Eve celebrations. AlUla is the perfect getaway for those looking to ring in the new year in serene fashion, far from streetlights, and with unmatched views of star-light skies. Stay in one of AlUla’s luxurious open resorts for the full experience. Click here to learn more about Winter at Tantora.
Restaurants and Lounges
If you prefer more of a culinary New Year’s Eve experience, then be sure to check in with your favorite restaurant to inquire on set menu costs, required attire, and entertainment offerings. In 2021, restaurants such as Meraki, Cello, Koi, and Roka, all partook in the celebrations with set menu courses ranging from $100 to $160 and provided live musical entertainment. For a more comprehensive list of participating restaurants from 2021, click here.
Whether you are in Dammam, Al-Khobar, Yanbu, or Jeddah, local corniches typically offer firework displays above the waterfront. Plan ahead, prepare a blanket, and indulge yourself in a delicious mango cone ice cream traditionally served alongside the corniche, while enjoying a fun firework display.