8 wonderful things to do in Riyadh this weekend: July 6 to 8

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Make the most of your weekend with a spot of retail therapy, or perhaps pick up a new skill and bond with the family. Here are some of our picks for the best things to do in Riyadh this weekend.

Thursday July 6

Shop at the new Etoile La Boutique

Need a wardrobe revamp? Elevate your summer wardrobe with effortlessly chic pieces from Etoile La Boutique. From classic elegance to modern chic, you’ll find the perfect look here. Etoile La Boutique, the luxury fashion destination known for its curated selection of designer brands, has relocated its store within the Kingdom Mall. Located on the second floor, the boutique has an opulent yet contemporary storefront.

Etoile La Boutique, Second Floor, Kingdom Mall. @etoilelaboutique

Attend a ceviche masterclass


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If you want to learn how to prepare the best ceviche, join COYA’s ceviche masterclass and get all the tips and tricks. The experience includes an intimate masterclass with Head Chef Yves, where you’ll learn how to make two types of ceviche (Lubina Clasica and Mandarinas ceviche). To end the evening in true Peruvian style, you’ll also be treated to a delicious meal after your masterclass.

Ceviche Masterclass, July 6, 7.30pm to 8.30pm, COYA, Al Dabbab Street, Al Sulaimaniyah, Riyadh 12243. SAR350 per person. Tel: 9200 10352. @coyariyadh

Gamers8 is back


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Gear up for eight weeks of thrilling events, tournaments, and next-level experiences at Gamers8: The Land of Heroes. Watch the world’s elite esports champions and gamers battle it out for $45 million in prizes. Running alongside all esports tournaments will be a wide selection of activities for attendees to enjoy when not watching the competition. The popular Aramco racing simulator returns, and there’s even the chance to experience life-sized Pac-Man and hunt down some ghosts. Last year’s fan-favourite Japamura zone also returns, where you can participate in various immersive workshops or step into the Dojo and learn the basics of Samurai etiquette and sword fighting.

Gamers8, July 6 to Aug 27, Boulevard Riyadh City, Riyadh. An all-access pass starts from SAR114. Gamers8.gg

Friday July 7

Enjoy an all-American brunch buffet

Al Faisaliah brunch

Al Faisaliah Hotel celebrates America’s independence day with an impressive all-American brunch buffet. Expect comfort food such as burgers, hot dogs and a variety of desserts.

American Brunch Buffet, July 7, 1pm to 5pm, La Brasserie Restaurant, Al Faisaliah Hotel. SAR397 per adult. @alfaisaliahhotel

Celebrate World Chocolate Day with Bateel


Here’s introducing five delectable varieties of Date Chocolate Delice presented in the distinguished Najma Collection that’s embossed with modern, Arabesque designs. This timeless gift set makes for a delectable option for chocolate lovers. The new Date Chocolate Delice varieties include succulent temptations such as delicious Khidri dates with pistachio, Segai dates with sesame seeds, and Medjool dates with crispy pancake, all coated in smooth milk chocolate from Dominican Republic. For fans of dark chocolate, the Sesame Segai and Crispy Pancake Medjool varieties are also available with a coating of pure-origin chocolate from Brazil. Trust us when we say that this chocolate-filled journey promises to tantalise your palate and leave you craving for more.

Available at all Bateel outlets. @bateelgourmet

Catch the Gamers8 concerts

Gamers8 week1 concerts

Kicking off Gamers8 festival, local favourite and regional hero Rabeh Saqer is set to perform on Friday July 7 at Mohammed Abdu Arena at Boulevard Riyadh City. Nigerian singer-songwriter Tiwa Savage, also known as the Queen of Afrobeats, will also be headlining the opening concert night, along with DJs Alan Walker and Vinyl Mode.

Gamers8 Week 1 Concert, July 7, 6pm, Mohammed Abdu Arena, Boulevard Riyadh City, Riyadh. The ticket starts from SAR159 and can be purchased here.

Saturday July 8

Take a trip down memory lane with Subway’s SubMelt Sensation


With temperatures hitting over 40 degrees outside, you’re most likely curling up on your sofa and treating yourself to a well-deserved cheat meal. What’s better than Subway Arabia’s double cheese SubMelts, extra cheesy hot subs toasted to perfection to satisfy any craving? With each bite and stretch of cheese, you unlock nostalgic, feel-good memories of diving into your favourite cheese sandwich. If you haven’t tried it yet, the Subway SubMelts features four speciality panini-style toasted sandwiches – The Big Cheese Steak, Chicken and Mushroom Supreme, Dynamite Chicken, and Bella Mozzarella.

Available across all Subway locations in KSA. @subwayarabia

Play padel at The Garage


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Stepping outdoors these days is not really an option. But, if you’re looking for some indoor fun, how about a game of indoor padel with a side of nightclub vibes. Enter The Garage, Riyadh’s glow-in-the-dark indoor padel centre, which brings perfect disco vibes to the racquet court. Be sure to wear neon or white for maximum glow-in-the-dark effect.

The Garage Padel, Al Aarid, Riyadh 13334, daily 3pm to 7pm (normal lights) & 7pm to 4am (glow in the dark). The price starts from SAR300 on weekdays and SAR350 on weekends for glow-in-the-dark courts & SAR250 on weekdays and SAR300 on weekends for normal lights courts for a 60-minute session. For bookings, please WhatsApp 055 441 2778. @the.garage.sa

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