7 top things to do in Riyadh this weekend: June 23 to 25

Welcome to the weekend…

If you’re looking for ways to spend the weekend in Riyadh, you’re in the right place. From brunch deals to an art exhibition and musical performance, here are seven top things to do in Riyadh this weekend.

Thursday June 23

1. Check out the art exhibition at Misk

It is time to open your eyes and reflect on the earth beneath your feet, the places you consider home, and the memories you hold dear. In “Re-appearing Imaginaries”, 11 artists from various backgrounds and through different mediums question what it means to slow down. They challenge our understanding of home, emphasising the risk of losing valuable information – forcing us to come to terms with the fact we are nearing a finite expiry date.

Re-appearing Imaginaries Exhibition, until Aug 15, Sat to Thurs 4pm to 10pm, Prince Faisal bin Fahd Arts Hall. Miskartinstitute.org

2. Ride to the beat and feel the burn


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Banging playlists, fantastic lighting, and sick sound systems. Are you ready for the #RideOfYourLife? ‘Ride’ is a 45-minute beat-based, high-intensity indoor cycling class full of jogs, sprints and hills to help you build power, endurance and strength. So, indulge in a workout like no other and let instructor Sarah guide you through a musical journey that combines upper body workouts and interval cycling to give you a fun and effective sweat sesh. Power through, and you could burn up to 800 calories in one class. Let’s go, rebels.

Summer Anthems Ride at Rabi with Sarah S, June 23, 7.10pm, 1Rebel Rabi – Women’s, King Abdul Aziz Rd, Ar Rabi, Riyadh 11564. 1Rebel Sahafa – Men’s, Ath Thumamah Road, As Sahafah, Riyadh 11564. Tel: 055 084 4774. @1rebelsaudi

Friday June 24

3. Start your weekend with brunch at Elements


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Housed in the Four Seasons Hotel lobby lounge, Elements’ buffet brunch is taken in a warm yet sleek setting, with comfortable leather chairs that invite you to sit for hours, which is quite handy as there are lots to enjoy. The brunch menu packs a flavourful punch with food stations serving Arabic, Western, Indian, Japanese, and Chinese delicacies. A real feast, so don’t miss it.

Elements, Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh, Hugayat Tower, 9597 Al Urubah Rd, Al Olaya, Riyadh 12214, Friday Buffet Brunch 12.30pm to 4pm. SAR330 for adults (includes tea, coffee, and fruit juices), Sar165 for children aged six to 11 & free for children aged one to five. Tel: 011 211 5500. @fsriyadh

4. Bring the family to Fiesta Andaluza brunch


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Celebrate the culture and food of Spain’s Andalusia region at Azure’s brunch buffet, featuring live cooking stations. The menu presents an array of mouth-watering Andalusian delights, including tapas, paella, and grilled lamb leg. Wash it down with good ol’ sangria, all whilst you sit back and enjoy some live music – a sophisticated way to spend a Friday afternoon.

Fiesta Andaluza Brunch, June 24, 12.30pm to 4.30pm, SAR280+ per person, Azure, Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya. Tel: 053 341 1234. @azureriyadh

5. Catch singer-songwriter Hana Malhas live in Riyadh


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Singer, songwriter and “Jordanian sweetheart” Hana Malhas will be performing live on stage. For the unfamiliar, Hana’s songs are lyrically driven electro-acoustic tracks in Arabic and English, with an indie-alternative vibe. Her latest single, ‘Mazar’, is a feel-good song that eventually transitions into a wall of stomps, claps, moving choirs and an explosive anthemic rock chorus highlighting the singer’s infectious vocals.

Hana Malhas, June 24, 9pm to 11pm, Syrup Lounge. SAR120 per person. Tel: 011 228 8006. @syrup_llc

Saturday June 25

6. Strawberry picking at a local farm


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What’s better than eating red, juicy strawberries? Picking them yourself. At Hanging Strawberry Gardens, you get to hand-select what you bring home while making memories and enjoying a one-of-a-kind experience.

Hanging Strawberry Gardens, Al Amariah, Riyadh 13726, Tues, Wed, Thurs & Sat 6.30am to sunset, Fri 6.30am to 10.30am & 1.30pm to sunset. SAR30 for each box of strawberries. Tel: 053 791 3881. @hanging_strawberry_gardens

7. Let the good times roll

Bob’s Famous is known for offering so much more than bowling. Check out its new branch at Park Avenue; it is cool, edgy, and filled with enough stuff to make for a pretty fun evening. As well as eight swish lanes, you can play arcade games and watch sports. If you’re feeling peckish, food and drinks are available, too.

Bob’s Famous, Park Avenue, Qurtubah, Riyadh 11133, Sat to Thurs 10am to 1am & Fri 2pm to 1am. SAR100 per person. @bobsfamousksa

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