In April 2018, KSA marked another milestone with the launch of the first public cinema in the capital city after quite some time. This is, of course, part of the country’s efforts to intensify tourism and further develop the entertainment industry.
Locals and expats have been dying to see a movie since. The high demand for it though has prevented a considerable number of patrons from getting a ticket. I tried booking at one point and learned how challenging it is to book a ticket.
Then on a random day in August or four months after the commencement of movie theaters, a colleague asked me to buy an already booked ticket for the movie “Mission Impossible – Fallout”. The original ticket owner had to back out for a more important engagement. This was how I got to Vox Cinema and discover another promising weekend playground for sightseers: Riyadh Park.
Riyadh Park is currently one of Riyadh’s biggest malls with its huge surface of 132,000 m2 and a gross leasable area of 92,000 m2 (riyadhpark.com).
The mall is located at the intersection of Northern Ring Road and Prince Mohammed bin Saad bin Abdulaziz Road and is sitting beside Rubeen Plaza. It is also in close proximity to King Abdullah Financial District that is now a prominent landmark of the city. This means that it can be easily accessed by all visitors and seekers of a new shopping and entertainment experience in Riyadh.
With the inclusion of Magic Planet in the picture, it is no doubt that families, particularly kids and those kids at heart, will be frequent if not regular visitors of Riyadh Park.
Magic Planet is the premier arcade and gaming venue and the largest indoor family entertainment center in KSA according to what I read.
It offers an incredible range of rides, a selection of adrenaline-pumping activities, and other attractions. The most tried of which is the rock climbing, also known as Sky Trail obstacle course.
Riyadh Park’s connection to the metro network as well as the roads and bridges around it will charm visitors who hate traffic jams. Those are in the works at the moment but they will surely facilitate movements within the Financial District when they become operational.
I and two of my officemates / friends roamed around the mall and made Magic Planet, which occupies the wide threshold of the theaters, as side trip for photo op before hitting the cinema for the last screening of said movie on the 8th of August. The experience was simply overwhelming considering that it was my first time to see a movie in the country. And, fun! We actually have bigger and wider theaters in the Philippines. Still, I must say the entire experience gave me and my friends a pretty good run for our money.
I am looking forward to revisiting the mall anytime soon for another movie and optical feast.
Riyadh Park opens at 10:00 AM until 11:00 PM from Mondays through Thursdays and at 4:00 PM until 11:00 PM on Fridays.
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