6 interesting things to do in Riyadh this weekend: August 26 to 28

Are you ready for the weekend? Because we are…

The weekend is almost here. In case you have not made any plans yet, we’ve rounded up some of the best things to do in Riyadh this weekend.

Thursday August 26

Get on a bike and hit the cycling trails

Spinning may be all the rage these days, but old-school cycling still boasts numerous benefits. Don’t own a bicycle? Just grab one from Spin Bike Rentals. Rentals for all bike types at this brick-and-mortar bicycle rental service starts from Sar60 per hour. We recommend cruising around Al Nahda Park opposite before stopping for a breather – or even a picnic.

Spin Bike Rentals, Al Nahdha St, Jarir, Riyadh 12833, daily 6pm to 1am. Tel: 055 973 1117. @spin.sa

Book a romantic weekend getaway


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Celebrating your wedding anniversary or just planning a special occasion? Four Seasons Riyadh offers a Romantic Getaway for that perfect weekend escape. With a recent upgrade to its accommodation, the variety of rooms at this luxurious hotel is astounding. The Romantic Getaway offer includes an array of romance-themed amenities, such as a heart-shaped chocolate cake, silk rose petals and a bottle of sparkling grape juice, plus daily breakfast for two. You and your loved one also get to enjoy 15 per cent off hotel dining and 25 per cent off massage treatments.

Four Seasons Riyadh, Hugayat Tower, 9597 Al Urubah Rd, Al Olaya, Riyadh 12214. Offer is valid until September 30. Tel: 011 211 5888. @fsriyadh

Friday August 27

Have an indulgent dim sum lunch

Yauatcha new menu

For the ultimate treat, Yauatcha delivers on luxury. This all-day teahouse fuses authentic dim sum (dumplings) with a selection of European patisseries and teas. It’s stylish and decadent and has a menu to match, with indulgent treats such as the lobster dumpling with tobiko caviar, and the wagyu beef puff. Of course, not to be missed is their newly launched colourful dumplings with fillings ranging from Szechuan beef and cumin-infused lamb stuffing to mushroom and pumpkin filling and truffle and sweet potato.

Yauatcha, Mode Al Faisaliah, Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Rd, Al Olaya, Riyadh 11433, Fri 1pm to 11.30pm, Sat to Thurs noon to 11.30pm. @yauatchariyadh

Chill out at Syrup Lounge


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If it’s live music you’re after, check out what the folks at Syrup Lounge are up to. Catch The Duo – made up of Nourah Alammary, a Saudi vocalist and songwriter, and Sean Elliot Carey, U.S. musician, vocalist, and composer, who has lived in the Kingdom for the past eight years – on Friday for an evening of a harmonious acoustic journey with songs from jazz, classic rock, pop, and other genres.

Syrup Lounge, 9038 Prince Faisal Bin Bandar Bin Abdul Aziz Road, An Narjis, Riyadh 13324, Fri, 9pm to 11pm. Sar150 per person. Use the code “Duo20” for 20 per cent off your ticket. Tel: 011 22 88 006. @syruplounge

Saturday August 28

Catch a movie at the new Vox Cinemas The Esplanade

Vox Cinemas MAX Auditorium

Vox Cinemas has just opened an eight-screen multiplex at Riyadh’s latest premier destination, The Esplanade. And if you’re all about suspense, some of these new thriller movies that are sure to have you biting your nails throughout include ‘Candyman’, ‘The Night House’, and America’s most infamous serial killer, ‘Ted Bundy: American Boogeyman’. Nikita lovers will enjoy ‘The Protégé’, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton and Maggie Q. Book your tickets here.

Vox Cinemas The Esplanade, Exit 2, Prince Turki Ibn Abdelaziz Al Awwal Rd, Hitteen District. @voxcinemasksa

Experience the thrill of smashing things

Blow off steam in the best way possible at the Smash Room, located within the Archery Range facility in Diriyah. Suit up, grab a baseball bat and head into the room, where you can throw, bash, and smash some of the best range of breakables for you to take out your aggression on. There’s also the plate-breaking experience where you spend 60 minutes smashing 30 pieces of plates. If you’re ready to release all of your rage in a fun and safe activity, this will be the best thing you do all week.

Archery Range, Mohammed, Al Faisaliyah, Ad Diriyah, Riyadh 13712, daily 7pm to 1am. Sar150 per person. Tel: 055 880 8617. @archery_range

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