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8 cool things to do in Riyadh this week: September 25 to 28

What’s on this week…

Discover some of the best things to do in Riyadh over the next few days – from a new immersive art experience to an interesting café and Zumba class. Here are eight cool things to do in Riyadh this week.

Sunday September 25

1. Get your croissant fix at Croi Bakehouse


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Delicate. Flaky. Buttery. Is there a better breakfast than a croissant? That’s why Croi Bakehouse is a bakery worth knowing. It offers a selection of beautifully presented and freshly baked patisserie treats for you to work your way through. Picture a dreamy, messy, buttery affair with an outer shell that breaks away in a shower of golden crumbs. Inside is layer after layer of silken dough, dense but not weighty, and soft but not undercooked. Our favourite is the almond croissant – and yes, it really is that good.

Croi Bakehouse, Prince Mohammed Ibn Salman Ibn Abdulaziz Rd, Ar Rabi, Riyadh 13315, Sat to Thurs 7am to 3pm &Fri 1pm to 6pm. @croi.bakehouse

2. Don’t Worry Darling, the wait is over…

Are you ready to live the life you deserve? Alice (Florence Pugh) and Jack (Harry Styles) are lucky to be living in the idealised community of Victory, the experimental company town housing the men who work for the top-secret Victory Project and their families. The 1950s societal optimism espoused by their CEO, Frank (Chris Pine) – equal parts corporate visionary and motivational life coach – anchors every aspect of daily life in the tight-knit desert utopia. While the husbands spend every day inside the Victory Project Headquarters, working on the “development of progressive materials”, their wives –  including Frank’s elegant partner, Shelley (Gemma Chan) –  get to enjoy the beauty, luxury and debauchery of their community. Life is perfect, with every resident’s needs met by the company. All they ask in return is discretion and unquestioning commitment to the Victory cause. But when cracks in her idyllic life begin to appear, exposing flashes of something much more sinister lurking beneath the attractive façade, Alice can’t help questioning exactly what they’re doing in Victory and why. Just how much is Alice willing to lose to expose what’s going on in this paradise?

Don’t Worry Darling, Thriller, Rating R18, 2h 30min. Book your tickets here.

Monday September 26

3. Get your discounted tickets for MDLBeast SoundStorm 2022

Afrojack x R3hab 2021

The National Day offer for the first batch of tickets for MDLBeast SoundStorm 2022 is still available. Fans of the music festival can snap up the special General Admission one-day passes for only SAR55 per ticket. Given the enticing prices, benefits, and limited quantities, tickets are expected to sell fast. So, don’t miss out.

Book your tickets here.

4. Sweat it out while having fun


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Ladies, come and join this entertaining Zumba party at Syrup Lounge. Coach Afnan believes in having fun while sweating it out. So, expect the Zumba class to be lively and easy to follow, even if you’re a beginner.

Zumba Class, Sept 26, 6pm to 8pm, Syrup Lounge. An early bird ticket is priced at SAR100, while a regular ticket is priced at SAR120. Tel: 011 228 8006. @syrupllc

Tuesday September 27

5. Visit the iconic King Fahad National Library

The King Fahd National Library is, to put it mildly, eye-catching. Designed by German architect Professor Eckhard Gerber and his Gerber Architekten team, this futuristic steel and glass structure features lozenge-shaped textile awnings, which playfully combine revelation and concealment. The library houses 6,000 original manuscripts and nearly 73,000 photocopied transcripts, with 7,000 digitised for online readers. We love how the well-stocked rows of books bring a splash of colour and life to this modernist book emporium.

King Fahad National Library, 6757 King Fahd Rd, Al Olaya, Riyadh 12211, Sun to Thurs 8am to 8pm & Fri 1pm to 8pm. Tel: 011 418 6111. @kfnlgov

6. Awaken your artistic senses at Artorama


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The up-and-coming complex, Laysen Valley, is home to Artorama, an experiential and immersive experience featuring art installations, state-of-the-art technology, and retail. It’s a place of wonder and excitement, where technology-driven artworks offer a glimpse into a new world and a completely new experience.

Artorama, Laysen Valley, daily 4pm to midnight, until Oct 21. Book your tickets here. The tickets are priced at SAR60 for kids from five to nine years and SAR120 for adults. @artorama_sa

Wednesday September 28

7. Enjoy a specially curated menu by a Saudi chef at VOX Cinemas

chef Mona Mosly VOX Cinemas

VOX Cinemas has collaborated with local celebrity chef Mona Mosly, who will elevate the in-cinema dining experience with a specially curated menu. Moviegoers in the Kingdom can enjoy more than 20 signature dishes at Gold, VOX Cinemas’ luxury cinema concept, and Candy Bar. Chef Mona injects passion into every dish, and her exclusive menu for VOX Cinemas aims to evoke memories through flavour while featuring her creative take on classic dishes. Highlights on the menu include Saudi Fish & Chips, Mona Shawarma, Khubz Mhalla and Rose Kakadeh. Guests of VOX Cinemas’ signature concept, Gold, can dine in an exclusive private lounge area or have their food delivered straight to their seats through the in-theatre waiter service. Redefining the luxury cinema experience, the Gold auditorium features reclining leather seats, plush blankets, and pillows, as well as cutting-edge audiovisual technology in a stylish and intimate setting.

Chef Mona Mosly’s menu will be available exclusively at VOX Cinemas The Kingdom Centre, and The Esplanade in Riyadh. @voxcinemasksa

8. Dive inside the Crystal Maze Experience

Test your agility and courage in an interactive problem-solving experience based on the hit British TV game show, “The Crystal Maze”. There are four zones – Aztec, future, industrial, and medieval – each containing eight rooms, and participants will spend 15 minutes in each zone. An excellent place for families and friends to spend a fun couple of hours, but do note that the minimum age for the attraction is 12, and participants must be at least 120cm tall to participate.

The Crystal Maze Live Experience, Boulevard Riyadh City, daily 6pm to 11.45pm. Book your tickets here. Tickets start from SAR100 per person. @blvdruhcity

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