10 amazing things to do in Riyadh this weekend: June 16 to 18

Happy weekend…

If you’re looking for ways to spend the weekend in Riyadh, you’re in the right place. If it’s singing that you’re into, why not check out the open mic night at the Boulevard Riyadh City? Alternatively, there are fitness classes, a summer pop-up event, and tantalising dinners for all to enjoy.

Here are ten amazing things to do in Riyadh this weekend.

Thursday June 16

1. Tone up your entire body with this water workout

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If you’re looking for a break from your usual fitness routine, why not dive into aquatic exercise? Combining aqua aerobics with strength and conditioning moves, a workout in the water will get your heart pumping without putting pressure on joints. So, give it a try and feel all the better for it.

Aqua in Pool, June 16, 23 & 30, 4.30pm, Saray Spa, Marriott Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter Hotel. Tel: 055 085 9933. @marriottriyadhdq

2. Celebrate World Blood Donor Day

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Giving blood is a simple thing to do, but it can make a big difference in the lives of others. In celebration of World Blood Donor Day, Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) organises a blood donation campaign to promote the community values of blood donation in enhancing community solidarity and social cohesion. So, roll up your sleeves and donate blood.

Samhan Mosque, 2848 Ibn Burhan, Riyadh 13712, June 16, 9am to 5pm. @dgda_sa

3. Tuck into the ultimate in Mexican fare


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Forget Taco Tuesdays – on Thursdays, 56th Avenue Diner is serving up unlimited tacos for four hours. For SAR156+, eat your fill of soft or crunchy tacos filled with chicken, beef and vegetables. Add a zesty margarita mocktail to the pile of tacos on your plate, and you have the makings of a great meal. What’s more, you and your friends can participate in the Taco Eating Challenge; eat the most tacos to win a surprise.

Unlimited Tacos Thursday at 56th Avenue Diner, every Thurs 6.30pm to 10.30pm, Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya, Olaya St, Al Olaya, Riyadh 11433. SAR156+ per person. Tel: 053 341 1234. @hyattregencyriyadholaya

4. Sing your heart out at the Syrup Experience

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The Syrup Lounge is bringing the Syrup Experience to the Boulevard Riyadh City. If you fancy yourself as a bit of a musical odyssey, be sure to swing by Mohammed Al-Ali Stage for a karaoke sesh and quirky night out.

Open Mic Night, Karaoke Night & Local Night at The Syrup Experience, June 16, 9pm to 1am, Mohammed Al-Ali Stage, Boulevard Riyadh City. SAR120 per person. Tel: 011 228 8006. @syrup_llc

Friday June 17

5. Try this homegrown ice cream brand


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Sukkly is Riyadh’s newest ice cream star, offering flavours that range from mint chip and chocolate truffle to mango Jazan, pina colada and tiramisu. Their ice creams are vegan and handcrafted in small batches using only the highest quality natural ingredients like Valrhona Araguani chocolate and Madagascar vanilla beans. But the spotlight is that they also make their own dairy-free vegan milk from premium fresh nuts. This would explain how Sukkly’s smooth-textured scoops are so pronounced and have a perfectly velvety mouthfeel. Of course, the shop’s photo-worthy interiors are a plus point, too.

Sukkly, Back Yard by RJ7, King Abdul Aziz Branch Rd, Alyasmin, Riyadh 13326. @sukkly_sa

6. Enter Boulevard Riyadh City for free

If you still haven’t been to the Boulevard Riyadh City, now’s the best time to do so. In addition to the free entry, you also get to enjoy the myriad of events and activities, such as going down the tallest fun slide at Avalanche, testing your skill and courage in the Crystal Maze live experience, and hitting the golf ball at First Golf. And while you’re there, catch live music performances by Emad Ibrahim and DJ Misho at the Music Zone Theatre on June 17.

Boulevard Riyadh City, Hittin, Riyadh 13343, daily 4pm to 4am. @blvdruhcity

7. Enjoy a ladies’ night out at 56th Avenue Diner


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Located at Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya, 56th Avenue Diner is a laid-back yet sophisticated venue perfect for a casual get-together. On Fridays, ladies can enjoy a delicious buffet serving a range of American food, including grilled meat and seafood, and live music that dictates the tempo as the night continues.

Ladies’ Night at 56th Avenue Diner, every Fri 7pm to 10.30pm, Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya, Olaya St, Al Olaya, Riyadh 11433. SAR200+ per person. Tel: 053 341 1234. @hyattregencyriyadholaya

Saturday June 18

8. Bring the whole family and save at muvi Cinemas


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Round up the kids, grab some popcorn, and get ready to explore new worlds together. You’ll find a film that’s brilliant fun for the whole family. And muvi Cinemas’ family package offer gives you even more reasons to visit the theatre. Priced at SAR289, the family offer includes four cinema tickets, four small sodas, two large popcorns and one nachos. So, bring the whole family for an epic adventure.

Offer valid until August 31 at all muvi Cinemas. @muvi_cinemas

9. Move your body and relax your mind with aerial yoga

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Have you been in awe of Cirque du Soleil artists performing acrobatics in the air while entwined in long strands of silk? Now imagine developing those skills as a fitness regimen or using looped strands of silk to take yoga to the next level. Aerial yoga is an artistic way to relieve compression in the spine, help with back pain, and de-stress. Sign up for this session to test your yoga skills in the air as you hold yourself above the ground from a silk hammock.

Sky Yoga, June 18 & 22, Saray Spa, Marriott Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter Hotel. Tel: 055 085 9933. @sarayspariyadh

10. Pop by The Boulevard for a poppin’ experience

If you’re looking for summer refreshment and fun, this is the right place. The Boulevard Riyadh’s summer pop-up event is set to be absolutely wicked. Expect exciting concepts and activities, a tasty selection of grub (look forward to High Joint, the award-winning burgers from Dubai), creative art, and lots of cool entertainment, alongside non-stop good vibes. Yes, please.

The Boulevard Riyadh, Prince Turki Ibn Abdulaziz Al Awwal Rd, Hittin, Riyadh 13513. @theboulevard_riyadh

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