8 things to do in Riyadh to celebrate International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day…

Each year on March 8, we celebrate the incredible women around us and recognise how amazing and strong every woman is. Here are eight things you could do in Riyadh to celebrate International Women’s Day with your girl gang.

A much-needed pick-me-up


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Wake up with a latte at the newly opened Medium Art Gallery & Café. Minimalist, clean lines dominate this cosy space. We suggest sitting at the communal table and take the time to remind the women around you of the many reasons why they are so wonderful. The artsy mirror next to it makes for a cool Instagram background, too.

Medium Art Gallery & Café, Al Mohammadiyyah, PJMX+WH, Sat, Mon to Thurs 7.30am to midnight, Sun & Fri 4pm to midnight. @medium_ksa

Plan a small gift exchange

Celebrate your womanhood and give a gem to a gem. We’re thinking antique, vintage and even historical. At antique store Camel Corner, you’ll find everything from handmade décor to charming trinkets and so much more.

Camel Corner, Ad Dirah, 7HP8JPM5+XG, Sat to Thurs 9am to 10pm, Fri 4pm to 10pm. Tel: 056 919 5177. @camelcorner

#ChooseToChallenge yourself with a fun workout

Riyadh Women GettingFit (RWG), an online fitness community started by Zuzana Kalous, aims to empower women across the Kingdom through fitness. Participate with RWG in this year’s International Women’s Day theme #ChooseToChallenge with a one-hour deep stretch and relaxation class via Zoom.

Riyadh Women Getting Fit, Mon 9am to 10am. Tel: 058 218 2524. DM for the class link. @riyadh_women_gettingfit

Take a salsa class

Excited to dance but need to learn how? Let your hair down with your squad and try out salsa dancing. Salsa Riyadh Dance offers boot camp classes for absolute beginners who want to learn the fundamentals of salsa.

Salsa Riyadh Dance, 9038 Prince Faisal Bin Bandar Bin Abdul Aziz Road, An Narjis, RMQQ+2M, 7pm to 11pm. Tel: 050 648 2970. SAR250 for ladies. @salsa_dance_riyadh

Get crafty with pottery


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Gather your friends to try your hands at the potter’s wheel in a relaxed and fun environment. Keramos Studio specialises in the making and selling of clay arts and crafts and items that reflect Islamic art and Saudi folklore heritage. The studio also offers one-day and five-day workshops for men, women and children. The classes will leave you with a good mix of pottery techniques to make your own cup, bowl or vase.

Keramos Studio, Uthman Ibn Affan Rd, An Narjis, RMHJ+VX, daily 2pm to 11pm. Tel: 055 433 9469. @keramosksa

Spa day, anyone?


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Looking for a relaxing get-together with your girlfriends? Why not unwind at the tranquil Hot Stone Spa? Their therapists will go out of their way to make sure you’re left feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Depending on the type of massage, the price ranges from SAR400 to 650 per hour.

Hot Stone Spa, 6611 Al Bakarat, Ar Rahmaniyyah, PM67+2F, Sun to Fri 10am to 9pm. Tel: 050 009 4116. @hotstoneksa

Read a book by a feminist icon

‘I Am Malala: The girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban’ is a memoir by the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. It documents a remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons. This book should be read not only for its vivid drama but also for its urgent message about girls’ untapped power.

Available at Jarir Bookstore. @jarirbookstore

Movie night out celebrating women in film


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Now that the cinemas are open, get your tickets and watch Wonder Woman 1984. If you’re looking for a great action film that champions women, you can’t go wrong here. After all, celebrating women in all assets of the film is much needed on the reg.

Wonder Woman 1984 is currently screening at Vox Cinemas and AMC Cinemas. @voxcinemasksa / @amc_cinemas_sa

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