8 wonderful things to do in Riyadh this weekend: June 30 to July 2

Hello, weekend…

If you’re looking for ways to spend the weekend in Riyadh, you’re in the right place. From newly released movies and hip-hop celebrations to happy hours and tacos eating challenge, here are eight wonderful things to do in Riyadh this weekend.

Thursday June 30

1. Catch the delightfully silly sequel of the Minions

The second in the Minions films series, which together form a prequel to the Despicable Me franchise, documents the first time the yellow creatures meet Gru, the pre-teen who will become their master. At the mischievous age of 11, he’s already sporting the hunchback and hook nose and dreaming of world domination. He suddenly finds himself centred as a hero, squaring off against a villain stable called the ‘Vicious 6’. All the same, it will keep kids (and adults) tolerably amused.

Book your tickets here.

2. Make your day a little happier with this happy hour deal

happy hour drinks

If you’re looking for a refreshing mocktail after work, you will want to head for Jama Lounge at DoubleTree by Hilton Riyadh Financial District. Between 4pm and 7pm every day, you can enjoy 30 per cent off on their speciality mocktails and delicacies. So, feel free to pair the drinks with a snack or two.

Jama Lounge, DoubleTree by Hilton Riyadh Financial District Hotel & Suites, Al Ghadir, Unit 3369, 3606 Northern Ring Road, Riyadh 13311. The Happy Hour offer is valid until July 31. Tel: 054 417 6346. @dtriyadhfd

3. Elevate your Thursday evenings with unlimited tacos

Our favourite Thursday activity? 56th Avenue Diner’s Taco Thursdays. Every Thursday. From chicken and beef to vegetables, indulge in all the taco classics and spice it up by slurping down some zesty margarita mocktails. The offer? Enjoy unlimited tacos all night for SAR156+, every Thursday from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. Oh, and don’t miss the Taco Eating Challenge. Eat as many tacos as you possibly can and stand a chance 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

Friday July 1

4. Take part in a celebration of hip-hop culture

Hip-hop fans, this one’s for you. AlMashtal Creative Space will be transformed into a hot spot for all things hip-hop with BeatRoots by Museland. Expect underground beat jams from local and regional talents, non-stop DJ sets and live music performances, breakdancing, and pop-up markets selling sneakers, street fashion and vinyl records.

BeatRoots by Museland, AlMashtal Creative Space, July 1, 5pm to 12.30am. SAR250 per person. Book your tickets here. @muselandrec

5. Get on your saddle and gallop into the sunset


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Whether you want to go professional or just looking for a leisurely ride, it’s time to saddle up. Complete beginners, as well as more experienced riders, will all feel very at home here in the calm, idyllic setting of the Voyage Equestrian Club, with all manners of riding and livery lessons for all ages and abilities.

Voyage Equestrian Club, Al Janadriyyah, Riyadh 13635. Mon to Sat, 5pm to midnight. @voyage_ksa

Saturday July 2

6. Enjoy a fun-filled day at Takenda


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Avoid the summer heat and spend time with friends and family at Takenda, the Middle East’s most prominent technology entertainment destination. Whether you are five or 50, Takenda has over 60,000 games, including bumper cars, arcade, and table hockey, suitable for all ages.

Takenda Amusement Park, Boulevard Riyadh City – Trocadero, Hittin, Riyadh 13516. @takendasa

7. Pre-order the 2022/23 Newcastle United jerseys

Noon.com Newcastle jersey

The Newcastle United FC jersey for the Premier League 2022/23 season has dropped, and noon.com, the Middle East’s leading e-commerce platform, has become the official sleeve sponsor. As a result, fans in Saudi Arabia will soon have the chance to be among the first to own the official jerseys, available to pre-order on noon.com. You can also arrange for them to be personalised with name and number when pre-ordering.

Pre-order here.

8. Make a date with Beefbar


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A temple of exceptional meat with international success, Beefbar recently opened its doors in Riyadh. Understated yet glamorous interiors, an excellent menu and a buzzy atmosphere make this the perfect spot for dates (just make sure your dining partner isn’t vegan first).

Beefbar Riyadh, 8712 Prince Abdulaziz Ibn Musaid Ibn Jalawi St, As Sulimaniyah, Riyadh 4237 12223, daily 6pm to 1am. Tel: 9200 04146. @beefbar_riyadh

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