8 brilliant things to do in Riyadh this weekend: June 8 to 10

Hello, weekend…

Gear up and grab your crew for a day of fun adventure and activities in Riyadh. From a coffee and tea exhibition to karaoke night, here’s our list of eight brilliant things to do this weekend.

Thursday June 8

All things coffee and tea

Experience the grandeur of the Riyadh Coffee and Tea Exhibition, a remarkable showcase of diverse and ancient coffee and tea varieties from around the world. You’ll also get to meet with renowned pioneers in the industry and learn about the secrets behind their products. So, get ready to immerse yourself in a world of knowledge, exploration, and delightful moments, making it an exceptional journey through the captivating realm of coffee and tea.

Riyadh Coffee and Tea Exhibition, until June 8, 4pm to midnight, Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center. SAR35 per person. Free entry for children below 12. Book your tickets here.

Get ready for an extraordinary experience at Robata

If you haven’t heard, there’s a brand-new Japanese fireside-cooking-centric concept called Robata. Located at The Canopy complex in the Hittin district, Robata is brought to you by the same folks behind the incredibly popular Japanese restaurant Myazu. The new restaurant focuses on grilled meat and high-quality sushi and sashimi. Pair your meal with a range of innovative mocktails for an unforgettable night.

Robata, The Canopy, Northern Ring Rd, Hittin, Riyadh 11564, Sat to Wed 1pm to midnight, Thurs & Fri 1pm to 1am. @robatasaudi

Friday June 9

Get revved up at an indoor go-kart track


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Buckle up for a white-knuckled race to the finish line against your family and friends. Doos Karting boasts electric karts and a 350-metre state-of-the-art indoor racetrack with multi-level spiral ramps. Enjoy a meal trackside when you need to take a break from the excitement. It serves delicious snacks and drinks that’ll refuel you and the family for the next adventure. Only children aged eight years and above are allowed.

Doos Karting, 8521 Prince Mohammed Ibn Salman Ibn Abdulaziz Rd, Hittin, Riyadh 13513, daily 4pm to midnight. Prices start from SAR140. Tel: 9200 08311. @dooskarting

Soak up the atmosphere in Diriyah


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A landmark destination in Riyadh for many reasons, Diriyah is the perfect place if you’re looking for that mesh between the past, present, and future. It’s also been quite the hub for dining, thanks to Bujairi Terrace. What’s more, you can now get into the area for free. From now to Thursday August 31, access to At-Turaif and luxury fine-dining destination Bujairi Terrace is completely free, and you don’t need a pass to enter the area anymore. So, if you’ve always wanted to visit Diriyah, now’s definitely the time to make plans and dive into a bit of history, a lot of food, and a ton of fun.

Free access to Diriyah, Until Thu Aug 31, At-Turaif and Bujairi Terrace, daily 5pm to midnight (At-Turaif), Sat to Wed 10am to midnight (Bujairi Terrace), Thu to Sat 10am to 1am. @visitdiriyah

Robots in disguise return for a star-studded seventh run

Returning to the action and spectacle that have captured moviegoers around the world, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts will take audiences on a ‘90s globetrotting adventure with the Autobots and introduce a whole new breed of Transformer – the Maximals – to the existing battle on earth between Autobots and Decepticons.

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, Action, Rating PG13, 2h 10min. Book your tickets here.

Saturday June 10

Check out Via Riyadh

Via Riyadh is now officially open. This new destination is where you can check in to a five-star hotel, shop your way around 20 stylish, high-fashion boutiques, visit a first-of-its-kind cinema and dine at some of the world’s finest restaurants. Read here for everything you need to know about Via Riyadh.

Via Riyadh, Al Hada, Riyadh 12912. @viariyadh

Sing the night away


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It’s time to bring the (ware)house down. Tucked away in the hip hood of JAX District is an awesome music space, The Warehouse. Love karaoke? They’re hosting a karaoke night on Saturday June 10, so grab a mic and belt your favourite tunes with your friends.

Karaoke Night, Sat June 10, 8pm to midnight, The Warehouse, JAX District. Register here. SAR57.50 per person. @twh_ksa

Catch the much-anticipated UEFA final at Yauatcha


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Manchester City will be looking to complete a historic Treble in the Champions League final against Inter Milan. And for all you football fans, head to Yauatcha outdoor terrace on Saturday June 10 to watch the match at 10pm with your favourite drinks and bites in hand. Plus, it has one of the best atmospheres outside of the stadium.

Yauatcha, Mode Mall, Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Rd, Al Olaya, Riyadh 12212. Tel: 9200 06555. @yauatchariyadh

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