8 wonderful things to do in Riyadh this weekend: September 15 to 17

Cheers to the weekend…

Looking for activities to do with your friends and family? Gear up and grab your crew for a day of fun adventure and activities in Riyadh.

Here are eight wonderful things to do this weekend.

Thursday September 15

1. Indulge in an Italian culinary feast at Encore


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If you fancy an Italian-themed dinner, Encore Restaurant will be orchestrating a set menu of authentic Italian cuisine that will leave your taste buds dancing to its symphony. Expect great food, a warm welcome and a lively atmosphere, complete with live music.

Italian Themed Dinner, Sept 15, 7pm (last seating 11.30pm), Encore Restaurant, Core Social Wellness Club, Diplomatic Quarter, Al Safarat, Riyadh 12512. Tel: 050 801 9750. @encorerestaurants

2. Dance the night away at XCHANGE Nites music event


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Enjoy an evening of local and international talent with a line-up curated by KNZ, a record label, music lab and event brand out of Riyadh, and organised by XP Music Futures. Come and listen to DJs Bluepaper, Agha and Fulltone turning it up.

XCHANGE Nites with KNZ, Sept 15, 9.30pm to 1am, Diriyah Biennale Foundation. Book your tickets here. SAR450 per person. @xpmusicfutures

Friday September 16

3. Have fun with virtual reality

At Escape The Room, each scenario is tailored to offer an experience best suited to your preferences. Whether you want to flee from a jail cell, find a cure to a deadly virus, or uncover the secrets of political organisations, the challenge is yours to discover. The 60-minute adventures let players crack head-scratching clues and seemingly abstract puzzles to escape from locked rooms. Remember to always keep your head in the game.

Escape The Room, Exit 5, King Abdulaziz Road, Sun to Wed 1pm to 11pm & Thurs to Sat 1pm to midnight. Tel: 050 809 9911. @escapetheroomsa

4. Sample the delicious buffet offerings at La Brasserie


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Can’t get enough of Friday brunch? Head down to La Brasserie and enjoy a spread of delightful gourmet comfort food inspired by various regions around the world and refreshing bevvies. A perfect spot for family and friends.

La Brasserie Friday Brunch, every Fri 12.30pm to 4.30pm, Al Faisaliah Hotel, King Fahd Rd, Al Olaya, Riyadh 12212. SAR397 per person. Tel: 011 273 2005. @labrasserieruh

5. A celebration of music, dancing and arts

Narratives Riyadh

Narratives is a dance and art event showcasing local and international DJs that deliver on a melodic and oriental deep house mix. Music aside, you can also keep yourself busy by browsing the various art installations by local artists at the makeshift booths. This will be a fun night with food, DJs, dancing and hanging out with friends. International artists include Volen Sentir from Russia, and Dave Pad from Armenia, while local artists include Alaa Jazaeri and NarkBeat.

Narratives in Riyadh: The Autumn Chapter, Sept 16, 8pm to 3am, Diriyah Biennale Foundation. Get your tickets here. The tickets start from SAR360.

Saturday September 17

6. Check out a new dog café in Riyadh

Meet The Social Pup, a concept store that provides veterinary and grooming services, as well as a range of products for your pet cats and dogs. Walk through the store around the back is Hyde Bark, an outdoor park and café serving hot and cold drinks for humans, which welcomes male and female customers with dogs of all sizes in tow. So, why not bring your pup in for some grooming while you enjoy drinks and desserts?

The Social Pup, King Abdullah Rd, Riyadh 11461, daily 5pm to 11pm. Children below 14 are not allowed in Hyde Bark. @thesocialpup.sa

7. Catch a romantic comedy film starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts

Academy Award winners George Clooney and Julia Roberts reunite on the big screen as exes who find themselves on a shared mission to stop their lovestruck daughter from making the same mistake they once made. Ticket to Paradise is a romantic comedy about the sweet surprise of second chances.

Ticket to Paradise, Romance/Comedy, Rating R15, 1h 40min. Book your tickets here.

8. Spend time with the family at the Museum of Happiness

If you’re looking for a museum that leaves you feeling happy and that actually encourages photography, then the interactive Museum of Happiness is for you. You’ll get to hug a massive pink teddy bear in a room with furry pink walls, sit in a bathtub full of rubber ducks, and even pedal your way for a cup of fresh lemonade. The pop-up exhibit is a 45-minute tour, where guests are joined by a tour guide and photographer, leading you through 10 themed rooms, each with its own unique and interactive objects and the opportunity to pose for pictures.

Museum of Happiness, Riyadh Front, Gate 3, Sun to Thurs 4pm to 11pm, Fri & Sat 2pm to 11pm. Get your tickets here. SAR30 for kids between two and 12 years old & SAR90 for adults. @museumofhappiness.sa

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