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6 cool things to do in Riyadh this week: June 26 to 29

What’s on this week…

Discover some of the best things to do in Riyadh over the next few days. There’s a new café opening to visit, a creatives networking event, and family-friendly attractions to check out.

Here are six cool things to do in Riyadh this week.

Sunday June 26

1. Watch a new movie this week

‘Elvis’ is a movie everyone needs to see. The film explores the life and music of Elvis Presley (Austin Butler), seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks). The story delves into the complex dynamic between Presley and Parker, spanning over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America. And one of the most significant and influential people in Elvis’s life who is central to that journey is Priscilla Presley (Olivia DeJonge). Read our spoiler-free review here.

Book your tickets here.

Monday June 27

2. Check out the new Urth Caffe in KAFD

Urth Caffe KAFD

A stalwart on Riyadh’s café scene, Urth Caffe has proven so popular that they now have six branches across the city, from the original in Sulimaniyah and shopping centres, including Panorama Mall and Riyadh Park, to the latest one in KAFD. The all-day dining café offers freshly baked bread and cakes, as well as breakfast and lunchtime light bites.

Urth Caffe, KAFD, 6469 Northern Ring Rd, Al Aqiq, Riyadh 13519, daily 7am to 12.30am. @urthcaffe

3. Connect with other creatives

For all the creatives and artists based in Riyadh, share your passion, network with like-minded creatives, and be inspired to reach your full creative potential. The creatives gathering workshop, hosted by AlMashtal Creative Space and Maan Alabbadi, will empower individuals to step into their purpose, bring their ideas to life and create positive change. So, draw out your creativity, explore your purpose and find your community at the Creatives Gathering.

Creatives Gathering, June 27 to 29, 7pm to 9pm. AlMashtal Creative Space, Diplomatic Quarter, P St, Al Safarat, Riyadh 12523. Get your tickets here. @almashtal.space

Tuesday June 28

4. Celebrate National Ceviche Day with COYA


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It’s National Ceviche Day on June 28. A beloved classic at COYA, the chefs have curated a special and limited-edition ceviche platter featuring seven dishes. Indulge in their delicious spicy tuna, seabass, and red snapper and truffle ceviche, as well as the new and fresh tomato ceviche with watermelon and grapes, sea bass with ginger and mandarin pearls, and sea bream ceviche with coconut. Be sure to pair your ceviche with the new ‘COYA Wasabi Sour’, a new infusion of the famous COYA Sour.

COYA Riyadh, 8710 Prince Abdulaziz Ibn Musaid Ibn Jalawi St, As Sulimaniyah, 4237, Riyadh 12223, Saturday to Wednesday 1pm to 12.30am, Thursday & Friday 1.30pm to 1am. The new specials are available until July 2. Make your reservations here. Tel: 9200 10352. @coyariyadh

5. Enjoy midweek deals at Al Watan Park


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Families descend on the Al Watan Park for the dozens of accessible rides for children. The theme park features old-time classics like the miniature Ferris wheel and some adventurous rides where kids pilot their own flying planes. Better yet, you can enter for free from Sunday to Wednesday if you purchase a game ticket (SAR10) or the game’s wristband (SAR40). You can also enjoy a great stay in one of its chalet rentals, which includes a swimming pool, for just SAR180 from Saturdays to Thursdays.

Al Watan Park, Riyadh Water Tower, King Saud Rd, Al Futah, Riyadh 12632, daily 4pm to midnight. Tel: 050 033 8844. @alwatan_p

Wednesday June 29

6. Have fun with virtual reality

At the Escape The Room, each scenario is tailored to offer an experience best suited to your preferences. Whether you want to flee from a jail cell, find a cure to a deadly virus, or uncover the secrets of political organisations, the challenge is yours to discover. The 60-minute adventures let players crack head-scratching clues and seemingly abstract puzzles to escape from locked rooms. Remember to always keep your head in the game.

Escape The Room, Exit 5, King Abdulaziz Road, Sun to Wed 1pm to 11pm & Thurs to Sat 1pm to midnight. Tel: 050 809 9911. @escapetheroomsa

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