7 superb things to do in Riyadh this week: July 31 to August 3

What’s on this week…

Discover some of the best things to do in Riyadh over the next few days. Don’t miss the latest thriller film in cinemas, exciting dining destinations, and family-friendly activities. Here are seven superb things to do in Riyadh this week.

Sunday July 31

1. Catch the latest thriller movie, “Paradise Highway”

Academy Award winners Juliette Binoche and Morgan Freeman lead this riveting thriller set in the trucking industry and its seamy underbelly of human trafficking. To save the life of her brother (Frank Grillo), truck driver Sally (Binoche) reluctantly agrees to smuggle illicit cargo: a girl named Leila (Hala Finley). As Sally and Leila begin a danger-fraught journey across state lines, a dogged FBI operative (Freeman) sets out on their trail, determined to do whatever it takes to terminate a human-trafficking operation – and bring Sally and Leila to safety.

Crime/Drama/Action, Rating PG15, 1h 55min. Book your tickets here.

2. Shop for back-to-school essentials at Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer back-to-school

Make getting ready for the new school year a breeze with Marks & Spencer’s latest range. From the ultimate shirt with non-iron and stain-resistant technology and the popular StayNEW™ polo tops that reduce colour loss, the Back-to-School range uses responsibly sourced cotton with recycled buttons, interlining and thread. Other effortless features include the easy close Velcro behind the top button of shirts, Expandicuff™ that offers elastic cuffs, and underfoot foam and Freshfeet™ technology for all-day footwear comfort. Add pops of colour and playful prints to school uniform dressing with fun backpacks and lunchboxes from unicorns and dinosaurs to Minecraft.

The Back-to-School range is now available in stores or online.

Monday August 1

3. Channel your inner Hawkeye at the archery range

Challenge yourself to hit the bullseye from a 14-metre distance at this outdoor archery range at Ad Diriyah. If it’s your first time at archery, you’ll be surprised by how much fun it can be. They also have qualified instructors to teach you how to send the arrows flying. Just be sure to book your slot.

Archery Range, Mohammed, Al Faisaliyah, Riyadh 13712, daily 6pm to midnight. Tel: 055 880 8617. @archery_range

Tuesday August 2

4. Pop by the Japamura zone at Gamers8


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The Japamura zone at Gamers8 is the Japanese corner featuring cool and creative spaces from the Land of the Rising Sun. Wear a traditional Japanese dress at the Yukata experience, sip complimentary Japanese tea at the Matcha tasting, and blast out your favourite tunes at the Japanese karaoke nights.

Japamura by Saudi Airlines, Gamers8, Boulevard Riyadh City, until Sept 8, 6pm to 1am. Book your ticket here. SAR40 on weekdays and SAR50 on weekends. @gamers8_en

5. Tuck into an all-you-can-eat Asian buffet

Located at the DoubleTree by Hilton Riyadh – Al Muroj Business Gate, the Open restaurant is hosting Asian Nights every Tuesday. It is a great option for anyone looking for an affordable and filling buffet dinner. The relaxed interior is a comfortable setting for an indulgent meal of sushi, dim sum and stir-fry.

Asian Nights, Every Tues 7pm to 11pm, SAR199 per person, Open Restaurant, DoubleTree by Hilton Riyadh – Al Muroj Business Gate, 2653 Northern Ring Rd, Al Muruj, Riyadh 12283. Tel: 011 528 5100. @doubletreebyhilton_riyadh

Wednesday August 3

6. Bounce around Riyadh’s largest trampoline park


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There isn’t a moment of stillness at Fizz Hawa, where you can jump off walls and fly through the air. After you get your muscles warmed up at the free jumping arena, show off your climbing skills and ability to dodge balls. Throw in some interactive challenges like the ninja course, and it’s truly a gravity-defying experience.

Fizz Hawa, 3390 Dammam Road, Mounsiah, Riyadh 13253, daily 4pm to midnight. Tel: 920 008 311. @fizzhawa

7. Get hooked at this new seafood restaurant


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Seafood lovers in Riyadh, you asked for seafood, you got it. Feluka restaurant in As Sulimaniyah offers a refined dining experience with a focus on fresh seafood fare. Nab a spot here and tuck into the marinated raw fish platter, then follow up with the fresh crab salad, the seafood marinados, which includes octopus legs, shrimps, calamari with garlic and olive oil, and hammour fish oven baked in a salt cave, amongst other delights.

Feluka, As Sulimaniyah, Riyadh 12243, Sat to Wed 1pm to 1am, Thurs & Fri 1pm to 1am. Tel: 011 222 3424. @feluka_seafood

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