8 cool things to do in Riyadh this weekend: September 8 to 10

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 cool things to do this weekend.

Thursday September 8

1. Watch a murder mystery movie this weekend

Love a murder mystery-comedy? See How They Run takes place in the West End of 1950s London. Plans for a movie version of a smash-hit play come to an abrupt halt after a pivotal member of the crew is murdered. When world-weary Inspector Stoppard (Sam Rockwell) and eager rookie Constable Stalker (Saoirse Ronan) take on the case, the two find themselves thrown into a puzzling whodunit within the glamorously sordid theatre underground, investigating the mysterious homicide at their own peril.

See How They Run, Mystery/Comedy, Rating PG15, 1h 40min. Book your tickets here.

2. Tuck into handcrafted mooncakes from Yauatcha


You know the mooncake season is here when popular Chinese restaurant Yauatcha announces it is serving mooncakes on its menus. For those who are not familiar, mooncakes – delicate dough encasing a sweet or savoury filling – are an essential part of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival celebration. This year, Yauatcha presents its take on the Mid-Autumn staple, with lotus, red bean, pistachio, creamy custard snowskin, and pandan snowskin flavours taking centre stage.

Yauatcha Riyadh, Mode Al Faisaliah, Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Rd, Al Olaya, Riyadh 11433, daily noon to midnight. The mooncakes are available until the end of September. Tel: 9200 06555. @yauatchariyadh

3. Shop thousands of kids’ items with noon’s Baby Bonanza Sale

Baby Bonanza Sale

Don’t miss noon.com’s gigantic baby and kids’ sale. New parents and those feeling the brunt of the new school year now have the chance to stock up on thousands of baby and kids items at up to 70 per cent off. Shop newborn essentials from top brands like Pampers, Waterwipes, tommee tippee and more starting from just SAR7. Get up to 70 per cent off baby feeding items and other baby gear, with booster seats for as low as SAR99. Fashion for the little ones will be marked down from 40 to 70 per cent, with clothing sets starting from SAR20. Plus, toys and games start from SAR13, and you’ll enjoy deals from LEGO, Barbie, and Disney at up to 60 per cent off. Still in need of back-to-school essentials for your kids? Enjoy up to 60 per cent, with deals for as low as SAR8.

Baby Bonanza Sale, until midnight of Sept 9. Noon.com

Friday September 9

4. Enjoy a morning ride in nature


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In need of a break from the stresses of everyday life? Then this hour-long horse-riding tour in a stunningly rugged scenery is ideal for you. Trustworthy horses, great local guides, and breathtaking views. There is riding to suit everyone from novices to experts.

Morning Hours Horse Tours, every Fri & Sat, 5am, 6am and 8am. SAR250 per person, including helmet, coffee and snacks. Tel: 056 220 6992. @horse_tours

5. Strawberry picking at a local farm

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, Fri 7am to 10.30am & 1.30pm to sunset. SAR30 for each box of strawberries. Tel: 053 791 3881. @hanging_strawberry_gardens

6. Unleash your inner techno fever

Techno Therapy is a techno festival in Ad Diriyah, welcoming a spectacular lineup of techno’s heaviest hitters, with scene veterans playing alongside exciting new talents. Headliners include the sought-after Lebanese/British DJ and producer Nicole Moudaber, plus Saudi Arabia resident DJs Ant, Bhydra, Dish Dash, Don Edwardo, Psykey, LJ and Moses. If you manage to get your hands on some tickets, this promises to be very fun.

Techno Therapy, Fri Sept 9, 6pm, Diriyah Biennale Foundation, Ad Diriyah. The ticket price starts from SAR475. Book your tickets here. @desertsound.co

Saturday September 10

7. Check out a new gaming café


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404 Riyadh is a newly opened gaming café that offers a variety of video games, arcade games and board games, as well as bowling, billiard, ping pong, racing simulator and more. When you need to refuel, the menu here includes a selection of tasty burgers, waffles, various beverages such as milkshakes and coffee, and several snacking options.

404, Al Muruj, Riyadh 12283, Sat to Wed 6pm to 1am, Thurs & Fri 5pm to 2am. The package starts from SAR45 for games and food and beverages. @wefound404

8. Tuck into Indian food at Zafran’s new location


Award-winning Zafran Indian Bistro has opened its fourth location at the ever-popular Nakheel Mall in Riyadh. The menu highlights include oven-roasted seabream marinated with zaatar, sumac and other spices for a blend of Indian and Middle Eastern flavours, as well as a new variety of kebabs. Vegetarians can also look forward to relishing the distinct flavours of the Lucknowi Beetroot Tikki and Achari Paneer Tikka. From the contemporary décor to the warm, engaging service, not to mention a menu that celebrates the depth and versatility of Indian cuisine, the distinctive Zafran dining experience is not-to-be-missed.

Zafran Indian Bistro, Al Nakheel Mall, Gate 7, Sun to Wed noon to midnight, Thurs noon to 1am, Fri 1pm to 1am & Sat noon to 1am. @zafranindianbistro

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