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

Hello, weekend…

Looking for things to do in the capital? This weekend, catch a new film, explore the various dining destinations and a brand-new beauty pop-up, kickstart your summer wardrobe with our favourite fashion brand, or partake in exciting festivals. Not sure where to start? Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up some of our favourites below.

Thursday June 15

Business doesn’t have to be boring

Ruya Business Lunch

Fancy Anatolian cuisine for lunch? Take a break from your desk to enjoy Rüya Riyadh’s new three-course business lunch deal, which will cost you SAR135 per person. The menu has delicious treats, including their most celebrated dishes like grilled artichoke with pomegranate and pine nuts, chilli grilled chicken wings, and crispy börek (warm filo wrapped feta with carrot, courgette and walnut). Those looking to make their lunch a leisurely and indulgent affair can also add a dessert for an additional SAR40. Moreish desserts include Anatolian rice pudding and sticky hazelnut baklava.

Rüya Riyadh Business Lunch, Weekdays 12.30pm to 5.30pm, Rüya Riyadh, 1224 Prince Muhammad Ibn Abd Al Aziz, As Sulimaniyah, Riyadh 12243. SAR135 per person. Tel: 9200 10692. @ruya_riyadh

Visit a Saudi beauty brand pop-up


Founded by Saudi entrepreneur Sara Al Rashed, the pioneering new beauty brand Asteri is hosting its limited-time pop-up, taking over a prime spot in Riyadh Park this summer. The vegan and cruelty-free makeup label launches with a series of products for skin, eyes and lips, and features desert-proof makeup that boasts outstanding performance. We love how the space is designed to portray a star that has crashed into the desert, revealing the mystical world of Asteri – which translates beautifully into the meteoric stands and trays displaying the products. The beauty pop-up will also offer various engaging activities and personalised services, such as professional consultations, makeup demonstrations, and skincare workshops conducted by beauty experts. So, what are you waiting for, ladies? It’s time to update your beauty look.

Asteri Pop-Up, Riyadh Park. Visit: Asteribeauty.com

Catch this DC super hero’s first-ever standalone film

Worlds collide in “The Flash” when Barry uses his superpowers to travel back in time to change the events of the past. But when his attempt to save his family inadvertently alters the future, Barry becomes trapped in a reality in which General Zod has returned, threatening annihilation, and there are no Super Heroes to turn to. That is, unless Barry can coax a very different Batman out of retirement and rescue an imprisoned Kryptonian… albeit not the one he’s looking for. Ultimately, to save the world that he is in and return to the future that he knows, Barry’s only hope is to race for his life. But will making the ultimate sacrifice be enough to reset the universe? Read our film review here.

“The Flash” releases in KSA theatres on June 15.

Satisfy your seafood cravings

Seven Restaurant

Enjoy a special seafood buffet at Seven Restaurant every Thursday. The buffet begins with a salad bar featuring a variety of crisp, vibrant greens. Then head to the live cooking station, where you can customise your seafood plate with a tempting selection of shrimp, fish, crab, and more. The main course showcases a diverse range of dishes, including crispy calamari, grilled fish marinated in a zesty lemon butter sauce, seafood tramadol, and other delightful delicacies. End things on a sweet note with an indulgent spread of desserts, featuring chocolate eclairs, cheesecakes, and brownies. Yum.

Seafood Night, Seven Restaurant, every Thurs 7pm to 11pm, Courtyard by Marriott Northern Ring Road. SAR230 for adults and SAR115 for children. @courtyardriyadhnorthernring

Friday June 16

Enjoy a family festival at Andorra Village


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If you’re looking for a family-friendly festival this weekend, check out Andorra Village’s Big Family Festival (Energizing Day) on Friday 16 June. It promises not just a great line-up for kids and adults alike, but also a big variety of sports activities, games, volleyball challenge, food trucks, a photobooth, a live DJ and many more.

Energising Day at Andorra Village, Fri June 16, 5pm to 11pm, Andorra Village Soccer Field, Ar Rimal, Al Janadriyyah Road 4535-6963, Riyadh, District 13454. Register here. SAR75 for children and SAR150 for adults. @andorravillage

A techno treat for the music world


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Party animals, this one’s for you. Madhaus presents “Origins”, a throwback to their early underground techno events, which have shaped the very essence of Madhaus. And assembling what are undoubtedly the most impressive lineups, the upcoming festival will showcase international headliner Nakadia alongside Madhaus artists and regional guest DJs such as NOA, Narkbeat, Moses, and Ziad Ghosn. Prepare to be transported back in time for a real Madhaus experience. The fest brings out its own unique energy that can fill you up with an everlasting experience of dance and music.

Madhaus Origins, Al Amaaria Village, 7pm to 3am (doors open at 6pm). Buy your tickets here. The price starts from SAR456. 18 years and above only. @therealmadhaus

Saturday June 17

Work hard, brunch harder


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Looking for a fine cuisine brunch with a DJ? Coya has relaunched its Saturday brunch, and it is sure to bring the heat with live beats from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Oh, and kids are welcome, too. While you indulge in a variety of authentic Peruvian dishes, the little ones can enjoy a special menu featuring appetisers, mains and delicious desserts such as churro bites and ice cream. The perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon with loved ones.

Coya Saturday Brunch, every Sat, 1pm to 5pm, 8710 Prince Abdulaziz Ibn Musaid Ibn Jalawi St, As Sulimaniyah, Riyadh 12223. SAR297 for adults and SAR138 for children. Tel: 9200 10352. @coyariyadh

Freshen up your look for summer


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Turn up the heat with summer outfits from Ibiza-inspired label Second Summer. Their summer collection delivers clean-lined dresses and separates in bright tomato red and soft lilac punctuated with graphic tones of black and white. The brand’s Jondal sarong, an ultra-versatile piece, is all we want to wear over a swimsuit on a beach holiday. The best part is, they have just launched their Middle East-exclusive site, with shipping to Saudi within two to four business days. Bookmark Second Summer before your next getaway.

Visit: Secondsummerlabel.me

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